The Botswana Under 15 and Under 19 cricket teams are expected to head off to Benoni, South Africa, on the 6th of August.
The purpose of their visit is to participate in the annual Eastern Junior Club Cricket Association (EJCCA) 2010 Festival.
The U-15 was invited to contest for this year‘s Under-15 championship amongst clubs such as the Zimbabwe U-15, Kwazulu Natal U-15, Northern U-15, Gauteng U-15, Ekurhuleni U-15 as well as Ekurhuleni U-14.
The Under 19, who will also be participating in the same event, which is termed a “mini cricket festival“, will be contesting against seven other clubs. One can’t help but query why both the Ekurhuleni U-14 and U-15 team would be playing against Botswana’s U-15 and U-19.
The Under 19 team will also be facing Zimbabwe’s U-17, Mozambique’s U-19, Kwazulu Natal’s U-17, Northens U-17, as well as North West‘s U-17. The U-15 team is comprised of kids from different schools who formed part of the BCA’s cricket developmental programme.
The programme was introduced to the BCA in 2007 as a way of recruiting children in government schools involved in cricket. The team that makes the U-15 comprises of two students from Sir Seretse Khama Memorial (SSKM), Thato Mazula and Kitso Monametse who will both be playing as All Rounders. The team also boasts of three students from Itumeleng, Thatayaone Tshose, who is an All Rounder, Thabang Nshomane and Boago Baipusi, who will be a batsman.
Bonnington Junior School also pitched in three of its best players, Leruo Lantern who will be playing all Round, Moloki Mooketsi will be the batsman, as well as Moganetsi Koloboi who will also be a batsman.
Livingstone Kolobeng’s Kitso Motlogelwa is the only representative from his school who will also be playing as an all Rounder.
Thatayaone Michael from TJSS will be positioned as bowler.
Maatla Letsholathebe from Oodima CJSS will also be placed as a batsman, while Kutlo Ditsele from MCJSS will be a wicket batter.
The last player on the team is Obakeng Eyman from NCJSS who is to play as an all Rounder.