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Cricket@Skukuza : 2007 : KNP vs KTP vs Forum - the planning

Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:11 am

Has anyone ever played cricket at Skukuza ?
My son is going up on the weekend of 4th Nov with a team to play at Skukuza. They play against a staff/rangers team from Kruger and I've heard it happens every year. I can't join them as i'm too busy at work :evil: but it would be nice to find out if anyone else has played there before.

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Unread postby DavenJan » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:23 am

Hi Snoobab,
I was fortunate enough to play there every year from 1988 to 1997. ( with Ok Bazaars). In those days the rangers played a game most weekends against various company teams and such like. We had a great time, although as we mostly played in Feb/ March it was very hot and humid.
The pitch is at the sports ground in the Rangers village and has a lovely pavilion and braai area.
I remember my first game there, we had only been in SA for a couple of years and this was our first real visit to the park. I was fielding on the boundary and it was great until someone hit a boundary into the long grass by the practice nets. I've got to say I wasn't too keen to venture into the grass the get the ball!
Later that evening we had a braai with the Rangers and lions were hunting on the golf course, which was visible from the patio in those days.
Your son is very fortunate, he will get to meet and chat to many of the rangers and their families.
What geat memories, I could go on and on!!!!
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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:34 am

Thanks for the info DaveenJan.
I would loved to have gone with. I will pass onto my son what you said, he can't wait to get there but as you said it is not only the cricket but meeting the staff/rangers.

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Unread postby KNP Spokesman » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:01 pm

Hi DavenJan and Snoobab

Fascinated to see that the village I live in is for rangers only, especially seeing I'm not a ranger. :wink: :) 8)

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 - :shock: :lol:
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). :lol:
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 8) , please give Frikkie Rossouw a shout (013 735 5109) and I am sure we can arrange a clash.

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Unread postby Snoobab » Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:07 am

Thanks for the interesting info KNP Spokesman.
I'm not too sure who put the team together that my son is playing in (his dads friend I think had something to do with it - Pirates Club JHB) all I know is my son can't wait and i'm sure they are going to have as much fun as you indicated in your post. Good luck to all playing.

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Unread postby DavenJan » Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:54 pm

Let me know if you need an umpire.
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Unread postby bucky » Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:37 pm

Put me down as a spectator :lol:

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Unread postby fannymays » Thu Oct 26, 2006 4:51 am

could we set up a webcam so those of us living so far away could watch the match.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:35 am

fannymays wrote:could we set up a webcam so those of us living so far away could watch the match.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Let me know if any of the teams need a good allrounder. I can drink all the rounds you buy me. :twisted:
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Unread postby matthew » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:46 am

I think I could hit you for six! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Seriously though- I'm in!
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:50 am

Jannie wrote:Wildtuinman,

Due to the fact that I will be in Europe for the next month why don’t you see if you could get the KNP Spokesman to arrange a Cricket match? I would propose three teams and they are Kruger, Kgalagadi and a Forumite team.

Then we could get Danie or ADMIN to be our commentators.


Jannie, that sounds like a plan! Dianne could also do the commentating... the old big mouth! :twisted: :lol:

I will take this on with our "Friend" from Skukuza villiage.

Do you guys have a full team, Jannie? What month would suit you guys?

We can have something like a small tri-team tournament over a weekend. 30 overs a side even...

Im sure it won't take too much to get a forum team going... :wink:

KNPSM... Get to the nets solong... and rub some "vet" on those short ribs. :twisted: :twisted:
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Unread postby Snoobab » Thu Oct 26, 2006 7:51 am

Now we're talking. Count me in. :D


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