Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
24 Aug 2013
8:45 am

eKasi Challenge makes impact

Heinz Schenk

At the Mamelodi Oval Vukani Primary School claimed the marquee banner of the inaugural eKasi Challenge between the Titans and Highveld Lions here yesterday.

ON SONG. Lions spinner Aaron Phangiso takes another wicket in the eKasi Challenge against the Titans at Mamelodi Oval yesterday. Phangiso finished with 4/27 as the Lions won by 127 runs. Picture: Gallo Images

It had the picture of “Testing Times” the initiative by a few fans to “save” Test cricket a few years ago and the colourful words “Keep on doing the great job Mangaliso (Mosehle)”.

The Titans gloveman got a loud cheer from an enthusiastic group of four local schools totalling about 300 for grabbing a chance offered by Rassie van der Dussen but overall, Vukani’s endearing banner was a microcosm for the occasion. It was a statement of intent, a peek into the potential impact of such initiatives.

The ground’s northern and eastern ends has the final stretches of the Magaliesberg as its backdrop, which would render it quite beautiful when the rains have fallen and its location is easily accessible.

“With proper investment, this ground could easily become a venue for a Sunfoil Series game or two,” noted the visitor’s chief executive Cassim Docrat. “All you need is upkeep of the facilities and a proper pitch. These venues have exciting potential.”

As any proper-minded individual will tell you, this is how you bring the sport to the masses. Yet apart from the vociferous support of the young ones, attendance was lukewarm. That shouldn’t be construed as a prophecy of doom.

Rather it emphasises the poster cricket can become a game of heroes for our people but it needs to make them realise that first.