uMhlathuze cricket players up their game

uMhlathuze Cricket Club is putting in the extra time on the pitch and working on getting back into the first division

WITH hopes of working their way up into the First Division, uMhlathuze Cricket Club are hard at work developing their players for future wins.

According to team captain, Nisar Hoosain players have enjoyed some highlights recently with batsmen, Sashen Chetty and an all rounder, Jason Chetty being selected to play in an uThungulu friendly match.

In addition, Shaylen Chetty took seven wickets against Unizul while Owen Govender took five catches against Thandani cricket club in the 24-over league.

The club has about 20 players in the squad and is developing a strong unit, overflowing with talent.

Hoosain joined the club in 2010 when they were still competing in the First Division 24-over league competition.

‘At that time, Nathan Alexander was the captain of the team, but unfortunately the team was relegated to Second Division owing to lack of players and I took over the captaincy in 2012.

‘Since then we have had to rebuild the team and we are working towards getting back into the First Division.

‘We have been blessed with players from different race groups and we are also focusing on developing young players.

‘Our successes range from competing in the finals of the 24-over league and T20 competitions.

‘We unfortunately have not had the opportunity to play a promotional game to get back into the First Division, but we are confident that our time is around the corner.’

Currently they are competing in the Winter League that consists of teams such as Richards Bay Cricket Club, Richards Bay Rugby Club, Kings 11, Mtuba Stars and Brackenham Cricket Club.

‘Our immediate goal is to be promoted back to First Division but it will be a challenge as the standard of cricket in the Second Division has lifted.

‘We are confident we have the team to bring home a win and our long term goal is to produce players who can compete in the higher divisions.’

Hoosain said the local cricket community suffered a blow when two fellow cricketers, Dhruval Dholakia and Rene Vereen were killed in a tragic drowning in March.

‘We played a memorial game to honour them as they were both players of the Richards Bay Rugby Club.’

Anyone interested in sponsoring the uMhlathuze Cricket Club can contact Sashen Chetty on 084 8850225 or Nisar Hoosain 079 4975135 .

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Conelia Harry
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