Kalahari Open


Kathu, SA from 30 April-2 MAY 2016.


The Kalahari Open was hosted over the weekend of 30 April to 2 May in The remote town on Kathu in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The matches where hosted at 2 cricket fields in the picturesque town surrounded by Camelthorn trees and red iron-reach soil of the  region.  The opening ceremony was held underneath a beautiful lighting display of a star filled milky way to the amazement of the city slickers that where the teams of On The Field and Batman's balls. some of the visitors set up camp next to the field (a potential must for future tournaments in the Kalahari) whilst others opted for the sanctuary of the nearby hotel accommodation and breakfasts!!
It was evident from Ball 1 that the teams came to the Kalahari to play competitive cricket, and that the locals were as determined to challenge for the title and the 150 Race to Cape town points on over. 4 visiting teams made the road trip from Bloemfontein & Johannesburg to join the 8 teams from the Kalahari region to  what was to become an epic tournament.
The Kathu Cricket Club field received great reviews from the players for being top class, beautifully prepared and offering both bat and ball rewards. The Curro Field school was two paced and became slow and low over the three days. It however held up quite well given that this was it's maiden cricket matches played on the newly laid wicket and it was already in "winter hibernation" . Overall the wickets delivered evenly matches contests with most of the matches being decided in the final over and even on the last ball!!  The tournament was festive across all 3 days with the teams, family and friends joining in at the after match day braais and drinks.
The Surprise package of the tournament was without a doubt the "Champion" team of the Kalahari Heatwaves, that delivered 3 shock results and progressed to the Cup semi finals! they ultimately lost to the Kalahari Cup Champions, but their contagious team spirit on and off the field created a lively buzz with the crowds and teams in attendance. This from a team that came into to tournament ranked 10 out 12 !!
The Plate final, was won by Heeltyd Speeltyd who beat  new to LMS,  Wrenchville CC, who impressed with their determined play and were unfortunate in  losing 3 very close matches during the tournament.
The Final was contested between local favorites the Kalahari Ninjas (2-ranked) and the Kyocera Bloem Scorpions (3rd ranked). It was a gritty match with neither team allowing the other to dominate to many passages in the play. The Ninjas posted a hard grafted but slightly below ground average total of 132 for 3 .  The scorpions sting came  from Chris Moody (50 of 40 balls) and Thiart Ingram (40 of 29). Thiart was ultimately awarded the Batsman of the tournament with 3 Fifties in four matches and Duane Stones the bowler and player of the tournament.The Scorpions won by 6 wickets and  were crowned Kalahari Open champions and also lifted the unique Gemsbok Horn trophy!!
The feedback from the teams and players received was very positive and many have already committed to making the trip back to the Kalahari in 2017 for the next installment of this uniquely located LMS Open


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