In collaboration with the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA), Saltpond will host a modified Beach Cricket on Friday, September 15 at the City Beach at 8am.
The 8-aside softball game will see a 5 over per innings knockout out for the four (4) participating boys and girl’s teams.
For the boys, Hinii Marine, Kuntu Blessed Boys, Saltpond Sea Lions and Saltpond Sea Horse will battle each other from prelims till a champion is crowned, while Hinii Marine Girls, Kuntu Blessed Girls, Saltpond Sea Ravens and Saltpond Dolphins will exhibit character and resilience to see who gets the bragging rights and glory.
Except LBW, all ICC rules will be applied in this game, with 2 runs awarded to a ball that enters the sea. A boundary 4 runs is also scored from a demarcated 40meters behind the wickets at each end.
However, 1 player can only bowl 2 overs in the game that is expected to whip up more interest in the whole of Saltpond and beyond.
President of the Mfantseman Cricket Association and board member of the Ghana Cricket Association, Francis Ayikai Okine in a brief interview with TalksenseSports says the purpose of this modified Cricket is to keep children out of the streets.
“Cricket is a gentleman game and our interest is that of Ras Bingi, thus picking children from the street and keeping children out of the street. We want to give these children something meaningful to do. Cricket has changed lives before, Cricket keeps on changing lives and cricket will forever change lives. So, we want the love of the game to grow in the children. I expect Cricket to be one of the best games played in Saltpond, Mfantseman, Central Region, Ghana and the whole World.”
Funded by the Ghana Cricket Association, the beach Cricket is one of the modified cricket initiatives known as the Backyard Cricket.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey