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A salute to Ntini and his fans

2009-12-15 19:11
Makhaya Ntini salutes. (file)
Pretoria - Castle Lager will celebrate Makhaya Ntini’s 100th first class cricket Test on 16 December when South Africa clashes against old foes, England. This will be the first time a black player has achieved this milestone in the history of South African cricket.

Castle Lager would like to celebrate Ntini’s success with cricketing fans on 16 December. When the cricketing icon takes his first English wicket, he will give his signature “Inqaba” salute, a sign that fans can redeem a voucher for a bitterly cold Castle Lager…. proving that it all comes together with a Castle.
 
Prior to the Test on 16 December, Castle held a tribute evening for Ntini at the SAB Brewhouse in Sandton. At the event Makhaya met with old class mates, fellow cricketers and SAB employees, who raised a glass to a brilliant career in cricket, underpinned by incredible talent and consistent hard work. A panel discussion led by Dan Nicholl engaged with Ntini about the highlights of his cricketing career.

SAB head of sponsorships and alliances Rob Fleming says Castle’s relationship with Test cricket harks back to 1992. “Castle Lager has sponsored Test cricket since South Africa was readmitted into international cricket and we’re proud to be associated with the sport and with cricketers of Makhaya’s calibre,” he says.

Ntini’s success epitomises a classic “rags to riches” story. Born and raised in rural Mdingi near King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, he was discovered by a development programme representative and sent to Dale College where he proved himself to be a promising young cricketer.

He made his South African one-day debut against New Zealand in Perth early in 1998 and his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Cape Town in the same year. Some of his most notable achievements include 10 for 220 against England at Lords (Aug 2003); leading wicket taker in the world in 2003 with 59; 200th wicket in 55th Test against Zimbabwe in March 2005; 13 wickets for 132 runs against Port of Spain in Trinidad (April 1005); and back-to-back 10 wickets for 178 runs at Wanderers against Australia (March 2006); amongst others.

With 11 years of exceptional cricket performance to his name, and still sporting the green and gold shirt, Ntini is poised to clock up his 100th Test this week.

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