Hi DavenJan and Snoobab
Fascinated to see that the village I live in is for rangers only, especially seeing I'm not a ranger.
The cricket field in the Skukuza Staff Village has hosted some interesting games over the years. Every year (except 2006 because of a logistics problem) the cricket club here hosts a Cricket Clinic for all the local schools.
We get a number of the top cricketers to come and help with the clinic in the morning - Ntini, Crooks, Nel, de Villiers etc regularly come - and then all the names are thrown into a hat together with those from the Skukuza Cricket Club and team "A" and "B" are formed and play against each other.
It used to be South Africa Invitation vs Skukuza Cricket Club (with pride, we call it the SCC!) but then four years ago Justin Kemp knocked a ball right over the boundary, over a line of houses and splash into the N'waswitshaka River so we didn't think it was a good idea. No one volunteered to go and get the ball - for some reason -
Last year it was fun watching someone like Don English padding up to Andre Nel and actually knocking a couple of runs off him too. I think he was eventually caught behind. Andre, incidentally, loves the park (as do the rest of the guys) and normally comes down early and stays on after the clinic.
Another highlight was when Derek Crooks got hold of the PA and started giving match commentary. While he was busy pulling AB's leg, a few warthogs ambled onto the field so Derek said:
"And now the replacement fielders go onto the field and take up the Silly Mid On position."
As you can see, the actual game isn't very serious (unless you facing Andre Nel or Makhaya Ntini).
We hope to host it next year again.
The cricket club is also used extensively by Skukuza Primary School which has an active cricket team and which is part of the local Lowveld primary school cricket league. Earlier this year a mixed team from Devon County in the UK came and played against a Lowveld invitation team (that included Skukuza players) in Skukuza. If anyone belongs to a cricket club and wants to take on the "MIGHT" of the SCC
, please give Frikkie Rossouw a shout (013 735 5109) and I am sure we can arrange a clash.