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Skukuza loves Cricket

With the ICC World Cup rapidly approaching, cricket fever has spread as far as Skukuza in the Kruger National Park (KNP) where a feast of cricketing action is planned for this coming weekend (February 22 – 24, 2007).

During the first two days of this cricketing fiesta, a school boy team from Devon in the United Kingdom will take on two Mpumalanga Invitational sides, but it is the mini-tournament on Saturday February 24, 2007 that has got bloggers’ mousebuttons clicking.

A team made up of SANParks Website Forum players will challenge two teams from SANParks, one from Skukuza and the other from the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

But what makes this tournament unique is that most of the arrangements have been made on the SANParks Website Forum – showing that the past-time of blogging is not only popular, but also useful as communication platforms.

The SANParks Website Forumites have put together two “formidable” teams – one a men’s team to take on the cricketing might of Skukuza Cricket Club and Kgalagadi Cricket Club – and the other a “fun” side that will play cricket for the fun of it.

The tournament will be in the form of a Pro20 and at least four matches will be played on the Skukuza Cricket Pitch, starting at 08:00.

“There is no guarantee that a herd of impalas or perhaps a warthog or two will not interfere with the tournament, which is bound to create an interesting match situation,” said Mr Frikkie Rossouw from Skukuza Cricket Club.

Originally started as a facility for KNP staff, the Skukuza Cricket Club now hosts other cricket sides and has become the regular haunt of SA cricket big names like Makhaya Ntini, Andre Nel, AB de Villiers and others.

The SANParks Website Forum now has 9 000 registered users who have placed more than 92 500 articles. It is open to anyone who has access to the internet and various subjects regarding South Africa’s national parks are discussed on its chat pages.

Funds raised through this event will go towards the purchase of a new Web Cam. The event will be blogged live, and a Web Cam will broadcast the match over the SANParks site.

Related articles: Cricket@Skukuza

Issued by:
Raymond Travers, Media Relations Practitioner, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4116, cell: 082 908 2677 or email: raymondt@sanparks.org

Enquiries:
William Mabasa, HOD: Public Relations and Communications, Kruger National Park. Contact: Tel: 013 735 4363, cell: 082 807 3919 or email: williamm@sanparks.org