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Bigger and better: Diamantveld cricket festival set for more thrills in 2024

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Once again collaborating with the Northern Cape Cricket Union, the festival aims to build on the success of its inaugural year, where it captured the hearts of the players and cricket enthusiasts across South Africa.

Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom was crowned the Under-19 winners last year. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Diamantveld cricket festival to unite schools and communities

Following the success of last year’s groundbreaking Diamantveld Cricket Festival, the tournament is set for a bigger, bolder return.

The cricket festival, a top-tier high school T20 cricket tournament that was the first-ever school cricket tournament to grace an international cricket field in South Africa was a resounding success and there is no doubt that it left cricket enthusiasts eager for more.

And ‘more’ is on its way.

This year, in a spirit of camaraderie and with a desire for competition, the Diamantveld Cricket Festival is set to return, and it promises an electrifying showcase of rising talent.

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Once again collaborating with the Northern Cape Cricket Union, the festival aims to build on the success of its inaugural year, where it captured the hearts of the players and cricket enthusiasts across South Africa.

Modest beginnings

From its modest beginnings with nine participating schools, the festival this year has grown exponentially, attracting attention from all corners of the cricketing community, all eager to be part of the tournament. This year, a staggering 16 schools from diverse regions of the country will converge in Kimberley for the competition that will be staged between October 3 to 6.

Last year Potchefstroom Volkskool walked away with the honours and will be keen to defend their title, while hosts Diamantveld, Grey College, Paarl Boys’ High, Hoërskool Kalahari will be returning this year eager to knock them off their perch.

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In addition to the returning schools 11 teams will make their debut at this year’s tournament with Garsfontein, Monument, HTS Drostdy, Outeniqua, Paul Roos, Hoërskool Nelspruit, Hans Moore, CBC HUB, Parel Vallei, Potchefstroom Gimnasium and Stellenberg all vying for the crown.

But as last year’s event testified, the festival is more than just a showcase of sporting excellence; it’s a celebration of unity and community spirit.

Already Kimberley, the host city, is abuzz with anticipation, ready to embrace the visitors, revel in the festivities and create lasting memories.

“We are thrilled to host these exceptional schools and make this festival a resounding success,” says Diamantveld High School Marketing Manager Janco Steenkamp, one of the key organisers of the event. “The Diamantveld Cricket Festival is not just about cricket; it’s about bringing people together, fostering friendships, and inspiring the next generation of athletes.”

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Indeed, last year proved that the festival transcends boundaries, uniting schools and communities in a shared passion for the sport. As teams prepare to battle it out on the field, spectators can expect thrilling matches, nail-biting finishes, and moments of pure sporting brilliance.

The Diamantveld Cricket Festival is set to return this year, promising an electrifying showcase of talent and teamwork. Picture: Supplied

Furthermore, the festival presents a unique opportunity for companies to align themselves with this prestigious event and show their support for grassroots sports development.

Steenkamp (081 242 2005) and Oloff Bergh (084 620 3981), the designated contacts for interested sponsors, are eager to discuss potential partnerships and contributions.

As the countdown to the Diamantveld Cricket Festival begins, excitement is palpable, and expectations are high. It’s not just a cricket tournament; it’s a celebration of talent, teamwork, and the enduring spirit of sport.

And as Kimberley prepares to welcome these schools with open arms, one thing is certain: the Diamantveld Cricket Festival is set to – once again – make a lasting impression on all who participate.

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