DUT CRICKET BACK IN THE NETS
By: Siphiwe Gabayi
Durban University of Technology’s cricket team has been awarded with new cricket nets for their training sessions by the DUT Sports Department.
The training ground is located at the back of Fred Crookes Sports Centre at Steve Biko campus.
The nets consist of artificial grass with concrete and are in strips of four.
Sibulele Mvinjelwa, the senior player in the team who joined the club in 2013, said that they used to train in the old nets near the basketball courts at sports centre in
Steve Biko campus. The old damaged nets were removed to build a new residency for students.
“The new nets will provide the team with large enough space for the bowler’s run ups without being interrupted by the soccer players like before the balls will also last
longer as there will be artificial grass,” added Mvinjelwa.
The team held their first successful training session on Thursday with the new nets in place.
The club will be coached by Wandile Nciweni who is currently playing for the African Warriors and has provincial colours representing the Eastern Cape Province.
Nciweni said that he has organised a few friendly matches against cricket clubs around Durban and other universities such as University of KwaZulu-Natal and they
will be playing very competitive cricket.
According to Mvinjelwa, the DUT cricket team was established in 2008 and was managed by Stanley Govender and later that year competed in its first major
intervarsity competition held in Potchefstroom, North-West.