2016/17 cricket season has been a roller coaster season. However, our pipeline structures remain at their pinnacle of producing and servicing cricketers and cricket respectively.
Our under 19 team that participated in the Coca Cola Khaya Majola cricket week this past December has seen some boys graduate to academy and franchise academy teams.
Well done to our new acquisition, Mr Wandile Gwavu, for winning the Franchise Academy Week and being named the National Academy Head Coach.
Kgaudisa Molefe has been invited to attend a spinners camp in India, joining some of the Protea players for the camp.
St Stithians College have once again won the Coca-Cola School T20 tournament beating some top schools in the country along the way. We as the Gauteng Cricket Board congratulate the school and coaching staff for their achievement.
The University of Johannesburg team was unfortunately unlucky as the they did not make the club champs by losing to Pukke in Potchefstroom. I am confident that they will come back stronger next season.
The Jeppe Cricket Club qualified for the inaugural Momentum Community Cup and went all the way to be crowned the 2016/17 champions. The beauty for me was the fact that they did this without having first class cricketers in their team. Congratulations to the coaching and management staff.
The senior women's team, under the guidance of their new coach Mr Johnson Mafa, finished in second place in the overall league and additionally came second in the final of the women's cricket week, loosing only to our franchise partners, North West Cricket.
The Gauteng Strikers have stuck to their number one job which is to produce players for the franchise. They have been unlucky in losing some of their crucial games in both the 3-Day and 50-Over competitions. For Mr Sandile Masengemi, their new coach, I am sure these games served as big lessons that will come in handy in future for, what I think, will be a long coaching career" #WeAreGautengStrikers
The season has come to an end and it is time for our people to take a well-deserved break.
Lastly I thought it would be improper of me not to say farewell to one of our own, Gift Mathe, as this will be your last newsletter with us. To my friend, my former teammate, the man I captained, my colleague and my next door neghbour. CSA has gained a hardworking man and as much as we, at GCB have lost you, I am glad the world of cricket has not lost you. Hamba kahle "21st" sizahlangana ekasi.