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Potchefstroom to play host to the first ever white ball 50-over tournament for schools in South Africa

By Franco Oberholzer , in Cricket | News , at 2023-10-05

The humble town of Potchefstroom, renowned for being a student town, will play host to the first-ever white ball 50-over tournament for schools in South Africa.

The Gimmie Festival will kick off on the 6th of October with action continuing to the 9th of October.

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With four days of massive cricket action ahead the hosts, Potchefstroom Gimnasium, will look to stamp their authority, proving they belong in the top half of cricketing schools in the country.

The Gimmies will kick off their tournament against a robust Marais Viljoen outfit on the sixth, after which they will face the likes of Helpmekaar College from Johannesburg, Durbanville from down South and Northwood from Durban in a massive test of character and ability over the course of the four days.

Having had somewhat of an up-and-down season to date, Gimmies will be looking to use this as an opportunity to come into some proper form before they head into the business end of the North West Cricket league after the October school holidays.

The Prestigase Afrikaans Hoer Seunskool will also participate in the first annual Gimmie-fest. Sending an invitational side constructed from the next generation of up-and-coming youngsters, the side from Pretoria will look at the week as an opportunity to build depth to their already impressive artillery.

Glenwood High School will also be making the trip up North from Durban. The Durbanites also opted to follow in the footsteps of their rivals up North, looking to use the week to give their young bucks exposure at the competitive level which is first-XI cricket against some worthy opposition,

However, these teams might stumble across some dark horses along the way in Hans Moore and Stellenberg. The Hansies have been known to cause major upsets over the years and can never be taken lightly, producing high-quality performances through numerous teams in the past.

Stellenberg will be travelling to Potchefstroom with no less than four players making their first-team debut. Kyle van Santen will lead the side from Western Cape, being the most experienced notching up 50 first-team caps earlier this season. His counterpart Arno Koen will also be one to look out for.

Koen is only four matches shy of reaching his 50th cap for the Stellenberh 1st XI and will be looking to make this a memorable trip up North helping his side get some massive victories under their belt.

Fixtures | Day 1

Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Marais Viljoen
Affies vs Hoërskool Klerksdorp
Hoërskool Rustenburg vs Helpmekaar
Voortrekker (Bethlehem) vs Northwood
Boland Landbou vs. EG Jansen
Monument vs Westville Boys’ High
Stellenberg vs Glenwood

Fixtures | Day 2

Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Helpmekaar
Rustenburg vs Northwood
Voortrekker (Bethlehem) vs Hoërskool Durbanville
Boland Landbou vs Marais Viljoen
Hoërskool Klerksdorp vs Glenwood
Stellenberg vs Affies
Monument vs EG Jansen
Trio vs Hans Moore
Brackenfell vs Westville

Fixtures | Day 3

Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Durbanville
Helpmekaar vs Hans Moore
Boland Landbou vs Northwood
Voortrekker vs Brakenfell
Stellenberg vs Trio
Hoërskool Rustenburg vs Marais Viljoen
EG Jansen vs Glenwood
Affies vs Monument
Hoërskool Klerksdorp vs Westville Boys’ High

Fixtures | Day 4

Potchefstroom Gimnasium vs Northwood
Helpmekaar vs Marais Viljoen
Hoërskool Rustenburg vs Durbanville
Affies vs Westville Boys’ High
EG Jansen vs Brackenfell
Monument vs Voortrekker
Glenwood vs Hans Moore
Hoërskool Klerksdorp vs Stellenberg
Boland Landbou vs Trio

Franco Oberholzer
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