Kimberley fans can prepare themselves for a cricket filled weekend

Ever vigilant: Northern Cape Cricket CEO Eugene Jacobs has been keeping a close eye on all the preparations and improvements happening at the stadium, even being present when the Ovals outfield was being trimmed yesterday. Picture: Dave Alexander

THE FINISHING touches have been applied and the Diamond Oval is ready for big cricket action happening this weekend.

And with the Africa T20 Cup semi-final line-up being finalised on Sunday at Buffalo Park in East London, when KZN Inland became the last team to qualify after topping Pool D, Kimberley fans can prepare themselves for a cricketing treat.

The KZN team will take on Pool B winners Gauteng in the first semi-final at 9.30am on Sunday, while Pool A winners Namibia and Free State Team, who topped Pool C, do battle in the second knock-out later in the afternoon at 1pm.

Good news

The winners of these two matches then slug it out in the big final at 10am on Heritage Day.

The good news for Kimberlites is that all this action and excitement will take place at the even more attractive Diamond Oval, since further facelifts have been done since the Pool C matches played there recently.

CEO of Northern Cape Cricket, Eugene Jacobs told the DFA that he is excited about the cricket extravaganza happening in the city.

“It is a huge honour for Northern Cape Cricket to host the finals of the Africa T20 Cup,” said Jacobs. “All eyes and ears of the cricketing world will be focused on Kimberley this weekend.”

Jacobs added that supporters were in for a treat and invited everyone – fans, family and friends as well as the children – to come along and enjoy two days of breathtaking excitement.

“Entrance is free,” said Jacobs. “So bring your families along and come and enjoy top-class cricket right here on your doorstep.”

He also told the DFA that the coaches and players of the four teams contesting the semis and the final are looking forward to producing a weekend of high-class cricket, where they have promised to hold nothing back; this, according to the CEO, is definitely something that should not be missed.

There is no telling what will happen with the KZN team being the only team to have previously reached a final, being runners-up to Northerns in 2015.

Free State, meanwhile, are the only other side to have made the last four previously.

This means that for Namibia and Gauteng this is virgin territory – which makes them unpredictable and therefore dangerous.

Namibia, the only team that won all three of their pool matches this year, could be the dark horse, while Gauteng surprised everyone with their dominance in Pool B.

Cricket fans should know that the games will be televised on SuperSport, but they should also realise that all the live action, thrills, spills and electric atmosphere is happening just down the road, at the Diamond Oval.