MOMENTUM’S Friendship Games are already narrowing the gap between traditional cricket schools and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Hubs and Regional Performance Centres (RPCs) teams.
This is according to Gelvandale Hub head coach Robin du Plessis, whose under-15 side gave a much-improved account of itself in its return T20 fixture against Grey High School in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (October 28). The Friendship Games are essentially partners CSA and Momentum’s efforts at up-skilling the development Hubs and RPCs by getting them to play against traditional cricket schools, some of which have produced national as well as first-class players. Grey is the alma mater of the Pollock brothers, Peter and Graeme, Dave Callaghan, Johan Botha and current Protea Wayne Parnell, while the Gelvandale area has given South African cricket former Proteas Ashwell Prince, Robin Peterson and recent national team coach Russell Domingo.Three games (St Stithians v Alexandra Hub, Potchefstroom Gimnasium v Matlosana Hub and Gelvandale Hub v Grey High) have already been played in October. A further six matches will be played this season in the following cities: Cape Town, Pretoria, Durban, East London, Kimberley and Bloemfontein.