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The Amacal’egusha Cricket Board, formerly known as the Border Cricket Village Board, concluded one of its annual tournaments on the 4th January 2024 at Masingatha in Qonce at the Amacal’egusha Cricket Oval.
The Interboards Tournament is held annually on the 2nd of January and proceeds for a period of 3 days featuring games played by 11 cricket unions from around the Middledrift, East London, Qonce and Peddie area. This year, the final concluded with a match between the Amagasela Cricket Club and Thanduxolo Club. The match saw to the Amagasela Club claiming the championship title, defeating Thanduxolo Club by 8 wickets. Amagasela receive this victory after trying for this championship title for the past three years against Mbeka Mkhupha Club.
The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, the late Mr Ngumbela and Border Cricket have been proud sponsors of the tournament who continue to ensure that the tournament is able to take place on an annual basis. The department ensures to the team’s transportation, catering for the duration of the tournament, as well as offering assistance towards prize winnings. This contribution ensures that the board is able to host a successful tournament and ensure that there is mass participation in cricket in the boarder area.
Mr Rana, president of the Amacal’egusha Cricket Board, described Amacal’egusha cricket as an academy that prides itself in prioritizing rural sports development, providing a platform for rural cricket players to sharpen their skills and promote interest in rural cricket. Amacal’egusha has produced renowned black cricketers like Makhaya Ntini, Mfuneko Ngam and Monde Zondeki who have all played for the South African national cricket team.