Cricket

Pirates enter seven teams into the Gauteng Cricket Board senior leagues each season.

2015 Cricket Sectional Subs have been finalized at R1 400.00

icon cricketWe have always been a competitive club and this shows in the number of league titles to our name, from the Premier League to the Saturday 2 league.

We have had many famous sporting names play for us, including Steven Jack (SA), Clive Eksteen (SA), Mark Rushmere (SA), Stefan Jacobs (Gau), Neil Fusedale (Gau), Sylvester Clarke (WI), Matthew Hoggard (Eng), Grant Elliott (NZ), Collins Obuya (Kenya) and Andre Nel (SA).

Pirates Cricket Club is one of nine sections making up Pirates Sports Club. We were the first Cricket Club in South African to elect a lady Chairman and was the first non-tertiary club, and the first Transvaal Club, to win the National Club Championships We have won the Premier League title a total of eight times. We compete in the Top 10 Section of the Premier League.

Sixteen years ago we embarked on setting up a Homeless Cricket Programme, which runs on a Saturday morning. We travel into the city and surrounding areas, pick up children from the shelters and bring them down to the Club for a morning of cricket, after which they receive a meal. This programme has gone from strength to strength. Four years ago we were able to enter a team into the Gauteng Senior League made up of 75% of the children who came through this programme. Three of the players have already been promoted into the Saturday 2nd team as well as the Sunday 1 team.

Players have been put through an umpiring and coaching course and now coach the new recruits on a Saturday morning to ensure they too will have the opportunity to represent Pirates Cricket in the near future.

In 1997 we embarked on a programme to develop the game of cricket in previously disadvantaged areas. We identified Riverlea as such an area and incorporated these youngsters into the Pirates fold. These youngsters played under the Pirates banner for many years with some of them being promoted to, and some still playing in, our Premier League side. Five years ago Riverlea were able to form their own Club and have competed successfully in the lower leagues since their inception – a point of great pride for us. In 1999 this initiative was quoted in a Parliamentary report as a blueprint for the “normalisation” of sport in South Africa.

Our Youth Programme, also run on a Saturday morning, has been very successful. Boys and girls from as young as 5 years old attend this programme. Our Under 7, 9, 11 and 13 age groups all compete in the Gauteng Cricket Board junior leagues. This is our “grass roots” level, the goal being to ensure these children play for Pirates in the senior Leagues when they get into high school and beyond. One of our success stories from this programme is that of Kirsty Thompson who grew up and developed her skills by attending this programme. She currently represents Gauteng and South Africa.

We have been the leaders in cricket Club Administration for many years, winning trophies for both the Club of The Year and Administrator of the Year.

We hope you will become part of our family – Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate!

Contact

Barry Skjoldhammer 083 222 9271 barry@labelpak.com
Matthew Parr 073 003 3547 mattpcricket@hotmail.com
Liam Gallagher (Junior Cricket)071 160 4378galiboys@mweb.co.za
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