We regard the preparation of players who are ready to perform well for the bizhub Highveld Lions as the most important role for our semi-professional cricket league. And winning trophies. Trophies are always a welcome bonus.
The Senior Provincial (Semi-Professional) competition has as its primary purpose the development of young talented players to take part in highly competitive competitions across two formats. The Senior Provincial competition is played between all 12 Affiliates and KZN Inland. Namibia takes part by invitation. The Senior Provincial competition has first-class status and, therefore, contributes to the overall first-class, List A and T20 statistics of a player.
|The two different formats are:
|Provincial 3-Day competition
|Provincial 1-Day competition (50 overs)
In addition, the provinces all take part in the Africa Cup T20 competition that also includes representative teams from Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The flagship team of Amateur Cricket, the Gauteng Strikers, continue producing quality players for the franchise. The Strikers enjoyed a good start to the 2016/2017 season under new coach Sandile Masengemi, winning two matches in the Africa T20 competition whilst narrowly losing the third match. While the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup saw the Strikers finish as runners-up in the group, unfortuantely they did not fare as well in the CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge, where they finished fifth out of seven teams in their pool.