Stormers, Cobras to duel at Newlands

2015-12-08 06:45
Ajax CT, Santos, the Stormers and the Cobras get ready for the WeChat Newlands Challenge (supplied)

Cape Town - A sporting bonanza which will feature the MTN8 Champions, Ajax Cape Town, Santos, the Stormers and the Cape Cobras is set to thrill the Newlands crowd with T20-cricket served as main course.

After an absence of three years, the Stormers and the Cape Cobras will resume their battle for T20-supremacy in The WeChat Newlands Challenge on December 15 at 18:00.

Ajax Cape Town, recently crowned MTN8 Champions by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final, will meet Santos in a 6-over per side cricket match starting at 16:00.

It will provide fans with an enticing hors d’oeuvres for the T20-match at 18:00. The gates for the clash between the soccer stars will open at 15:00.

This Cape-derby has been part of the football tradition in the City of Cape Town for many years, with some truly thrilling encounters. The first-division club recently underlined their steady progress under Zeca Marques with a 2-1 win over Ajax in a friendly match, reignited the significance of Cape Town’s biggest football derby.

The match between the Cape Cobras and the Stormers will be a clash between one of South Africa’s top cricket franchises and the country’s most successful rugby-franchise of the 2015 Super Rugby season.

Tickets can be purchased at R40 each and it includes both games.

“The idea originated with the rugby- and cricket stars as a means to get their friends and family together, but it has since evolved into one of the most richly entertaining T20-events in the country. Now we have also added some of our beloved soccer neighbours and we are confident this will be a knockout-concept with long-term prospects,” said Jasmiena Davids, the Marketing Manager of the Western Cape Cricket.

“There will be a charity element in the game. The player of the match will receive R5000, which he can donate to a charity of his preference,” Davids added.

The Cape Cobras won 10 titles the past seven seasons including the coveted RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in 2014/2015 and have qualified for the playoff in this year's RAM SLAM T20 competition where they will face the Dolphins in Durban on Wednesday.

The Stormers finished at the summit of the South African conference-log in the Super Rugby 2015-edition, the third time in five years. They were beaten finalists in 2010.

“We welcome the opportunity to rub shoulders and spend some fun time on the favourite Newlands turf against the Stormers, who will have some famous Springboks in their ranks,” said Nabeal Dien, Chief Executive Officer of Western Cape Cricket.

“Over the course of the next three months, four internationals will be hosted by Newlands, and these duels between the cream of the crop in local soccer, rugby and cricket will offer our die-hard supporters the opportunity to wet their appetite for the clashes against England and Australia,” Dien added.

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