The eighth edition of the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is currently underway in Cape Town. In an effort to maximise the exposure and efforts of women in cricket, an u19 School Girls Competition will now take place from 23 – 25 February 2023, all aligned to the CSA Legacy project.
Set to co-inside with the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup finals, the focus at present is very much on women cricket and the valued Legacy project, says Bryan Patel, Youth and Schools Adminstrator & EPG for Central Gauteng Lions (CGL).
“We are grateful that the likes of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Lotto and UNICEF SA are prepared to invest in women’s cricket as part of the legacy development programme. As CGL, we are most grateful for the opportunities created not only at present, but for the future too – all of which bodes well for women’s cricket.”
Kicking off with all provincial league winners competing in a playoff match with the former franchise partners, then the 6 regional winners will compete at the National finals.
For Central Gauteng Lions, it was Jeppe Girls High School who took on North West, home team of Potch Gimnasium, on 13 February, in a winner-take-all fixture.
The match was a gripping one with Jeppe Girls taking the win by 7 wickets. Bowling the Home team Potch Gimnasium out for 99 in 19 overs, it was Jeppe Girls who took the win in 19.4 overs at 100/3. Noteworthy batting performances from Jeppe Girls include, Fay Cowling 26* (24), Robyn Kammermann 19(34) and Morgyn de Longchamp-Boulle 12*(19).
On the bowling front it was:
Kaylee Van Rooyen 4 overs 1 maiden 5 runs and 4 wickets
Danielle Cook 4 overs 1 maiden 9 runs and 2 wickets
Sharne Smith 4 overs 0 maiden 25 runs and 2 wickets.
Patel concludes; “All in all, the girls should go into the upcoming u19 competition filled with confidence, and know that the Lions Pride is behind them all the way and wish them well.”
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