The Pridwin Under 11 A cricket team recently returned from a successful cricket tour to the KZN Midlands.
The tour, the first of its kind for the school at this level, took place during the mid-term break.
Pridwin were graciously hosted by Clifton Preparatory School in Nottingham Road who together with KZN Inland Cricket Association, created a memorable tour for the young cricketers.
“It was an amazing experience for the boys,” commented Eswee Prinsloo, coach of the team and deputy headmaster at Pridwin.
“The boys learn from these types of experiences and grow in character and I could see this happen over the four days we spent together.”
Matches were played against Clifton, Northdale and Imbali Hubs.
The boys played two of their matches at the historic and world renowned Pietermaritzburg Oval, a stadium rich in history who saw its first game take place in 1895.
“This was an absolute highlight for the boys as they got to experience what international and franchise team experience on match days at the stadium.”
Prinsloo added that the tour was not about the results at the end of the day, but rather the boys learning about other cultures, making new friendships and to experience the sport and everyday life away from the comfort of their homes.
“There was a strong outreach element to the tour,” explained Prinsloo.
“The aim of the matches against Northdale and Imbali Hubs, was to show the boys that cricket runs through all walks of life and that they need to understand how lucky they are, but at the same time support those who are less fortunate, but still enjoy the sport.”
“I am so proud of the boys who prior to the tour went on a cricket equipment collection drive and helped refurbish the equipment which will now be used by these development teams and hubs that desperately needed them.”
Prinsloo also thanked the KZN Inland Cricket Association and Clifton for contributing to the success of the tour.
“I can’t say thank you enough to all those who made this tour a success. It really warms my heart to see the lengths that were gone to give our boys a great experience,” concluded Prinsloo.
Prinsloo is hoping that this relationship will continue and that this is only the start of a fruitful partnership that will see this tour happen annually.