Bridgeton Secondary Makes it Two in a Row
On Saturday 12 April 2014, Oudtshoorn-based Bridgeton Secondary School Girls Cricket team beat Cedarberg Academy to go through to represent the Western Cape at the South African National Schools Championships (SANSC) in December this year. This is the second year in a row the team has managed this achievement. The team won bronze in the 2013 SANSC.
Bridgeton opened the batting and sent the ball to all parts of the oval, scoring 119 in its allotted 20 overs. The Cedarberg side were unable to deal with the Bridgeton pace attack and were dismissed for only three runs. Chief destroyer was Michaela Andrews who took 7/0 and was the top scorer with 49 runs. The all-rounder was enthusiastic about her side’s chances at the 2014 SANSC in Gauteng. “We want to improve on our bronze medal from last year. We have worked hard on our game and I think we stand a good chance.”
These sentiments were echoed by coach Merlin Masimela who believes that the lessons learned from last year’s SANSC will greatly aid the team. “We are going into this year’s tournament with a lot more experience. We still have some work to do but we are confident we can make a big impact,” he said.
Shahied Khan, Vice Chairperson of Western Cape School Cricket, said that girls’ participation in national events like SANSC is crucial to the development of the game. “The playoffs provide the girls with a wonderful opportunity to get involved with cricket. We want more schools to start girls’ teams. With the help of the federation, we have appointed a full time coach and started preparation for the tournament early. This will go a long way in helping the team secure gold,” he said.