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Local coach to take SPU team to varsity Cricket Week in KZN

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Nowadays Mabuya also moonlights as a cricket scout for a number of teams based abroad

Sol Plaatje University

The Sol Plaatje University (SPU) cricket team is hard at work in the nets preparing to make their debut at this year’s University Sports of South Africa (USSA) Cricket Week that will take place at the Durban University of Technology campus from Monday next week.

The team, which saw the light of day not more than a month ago, is being put through their paces at Adamantia High School by former VKB Knights leg spinner and now AM Cricket academy owner Anthony Mabuya.

Mabuya said he was only slightly familiar with the university’s team. “I have stood umpiring for their games so I know some of what the guys can do, and so on. I coach some of the guys at Adamantia High school for a number of sessions. (But) it is not enough, especially now that some are writing exams.”

The coach said because of the year-end exams less than the ideal number of players turn up for practice. He added that because they are going to play a T20 format in Durban he was concentrating on aspects of that format to help the side find their own style of play when it comes to this format.

Mabuya said he was geared towards grooming a squad of players whom he could qualify to also play in the Premier League as well as at club level. He said the current crop of players were slowly improving and were at a level where they could already play promotion and reserve league cricket.

Mabuya last played professional cricket in the Knights B team about six years ago alongside the likes of fast bowler Loots Bosman. Nowadays Mabuya also moonlights as a cricket scout for a number of teams based abroad. He boasts a number of players who he has already contracted overseas.

He grew up in Galeshewe, very near the Yorkshire Cricket Oval where he picked up the cricket bug. He studied briefly in Bloemfontein before opting for a paying job in Johannesburg but soon opted to come back home to plough back into the community.