Cape Town - UK-based
charity organisation, the Lord’s Taverners, will be in Cape Town from March
3-8, 2020 to promote their Table Cricket initiative, among other charitable
Led by former
England cricket captains Mike Gatting and David Gower, and including a host of
other sporting greats such as former England rugby stars Rob Andrew and George
Chuter, and Worcestershire Women’s cricketer Chloe Hill, the touring group will
be hosted at a number of events at venues around the city to promote Table
Cricket, including a Table Mountain demonstration, two exhibition cricket
matches, a kit handover and fundraising dinner.
Africa branch of the Lord’s Taverners will be providing logistical support, and
are already involved in promoting the game throughout the country. Table Cricket is an adapted version of the game, played on a
table tennis table and specially designed to give mentally and physically
disabled people the chance to play and compete in the sport.
The aim of the tour is to raise awareness and funds for
Lord’s Taverners SA and its Table Cricket programme, as well as to announce a Sporting
Chance legacy project that will see the Lord’s Taverners hand over recycled kit
to former Natal fast bowler Vincent van der Bijl’s educational project in Masiphumelele.
Chance are the Cape Town-based organisation, headed by Brad Bing, who manage
the Table Cricket coaching programme in partnership with Lord’s Taverners SA.
who has been involved with the Lord’s Taverners for some 40 years, says: “There
are people like us who are able-bodied and able to play cricket out on big
fields, and if you have an ounce of talent and ability, you can make a life out
of it, as I’ve done, which is fantastic.
there are children who are not so able in many different ways. What the Lord’s
Taverners have done in the UK is roll out these types of projects across the
country…and it’s amazing to see these kids really just enjoying themselves.
It’s simple, it’s effective, and it gives them a sense of the team spirit that
we have grown so accustomed to.”
to Cape Town, he continues, is primarily about “raising awareness and growing
exhibition matches promise to be a competitive affair played in a friendly
spirit, and giving the public a chance to see some of the legends of yesteryear
in action once again.
The SA Legends team, which
is yet to be finalised, is set to include the likes of Peter Kirsten, Alan
Dawson, Steve Palframan and Justin Kemp, among others.
Key event dates:
March 3: Table Cricket on Table Mountain @
March 4 @ Western Province Cricket Club: Table
Cricket Clinic & Exhibition Match
Table Cricket Demonstration and Donation
Taverners SA Chairman’s XI v Lord’s Taverners XI
· Attendance is open to the public
· There is no charge for the public
to attend however a voluntary donation can be made on the day
March 6 @ Rondebosch Cricket Club: Cricket Coaching
Clinic and Exhibition Match
March 7 @ Kelvin Grove: Fundraising Dinner
19:00-late: Fundraising dinner including numerous celebrity attendees,
hosted by Dan Nicholl
· Attendance is by ticket purchase
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Chance Kit handover and Partnership Announcement: Date, venue & time to be confirmed
Further details to be distributed as soon as available.