December 8, 2011

Africa

English boost for African cricket

Cricinfo

Cricket in two African countries has benefitted from English generosity in the past month. The MCC has handed over a full set of nets and an artificial playing surface to the Sierra Leone Cricket Association. The equipment is going to be used in schools before being moved to the country’s indoor cricket academy, which is the process of being built.

Cricket is believed to be the fastest growing sport in Sierra Leone and recently secured a sponsor – telecommunications company Limeline. They have also had former South African Test batsman Peter Kirsten assisting them as a consultant.

The Sussex over-50s team also did their bit for cricket in Africa. They donated £10,000 worth of cricket equipment to the cricket association for development. The team also plans to tour the country in February next year with a 27-member squad. They aim to deepen their regular association with cricket in Gambia by fostering more cricket tourism and assisting financially.

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