The 2021 St David’s Sportsmans Warehouse Cricket Festival took place from Thursday 21 October to Saturday 23 October.
From Thursday 21 October to Saturday 23 October, St David's Marist Inanda hosted the '2021 St David’s Sportsman’s Warehouse Cricket Festival'.
The Prep Cricket Fest has quickly become one of the most loved traditions by the young cricketers of Johannesburg and beyond. Although the festival had to be cancelled last year due to COVID restrictions, that did not quell any enthusiasm for this year's festival. This year's festival was comprised of 6 teams of young cricketers, from Jan Celliers Laerskool, St Stithians College, St Peter's Boys Prep School, Montrose Primary School, the Temba Bavuma Foundation, and St David's Marist Inanda.
This year's festival followed the extremely successful and popular format of playing a T20 match on the Thursday afternoon, a full 50-Over match on the Friday, and then holding the fun and exciting ‘T10 Carnival Cricket Day’ on the Saturday. This format allows the players to experience a wide range of cricket match types, and enjoy the full opportunities the festival presents - as well as to play a lot of cricket!
We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to once again to be able to partner up with Sportsman's Warehouse, one of South Africa's leading sports retailers. This support and association is vital in ensuring the festival's success and the investment into our young sports people and the players of the future. We would also like to thank iXU Sport for sponsoring various cricket products for the matches, and to supplement our festival prizes.
The festival prizes were handed out St David's Marist Inanda 1st team cricketer, Matthew West (currently in Grade 9), who played in the cricket festival in 2018 for Montrose Primary. It was wonderful to see the progression of a player from prep to college, and what the future can hold for this year's participants.
Overall, the festival was a wonderful experience for all who participated - cricket skills were gained and tactics shared, and many friendships were made out on the field. We look forward to seeing each of these young cricketers continue to grow in the world of cricket and beyond.