Cricket fans will be delighted to know that the inaugural Cell C Festival of Cricket will take place at Sahara Park, Newlands from January 3 to 5.
The exciting three-day event will see all the current Proteas and Franchise players participating in a New Year cricket extravaganza, which will replace the cancelled Indian Test match. Day 1 of the Cell C Festival of Cricket will showcase an exhibition match between the Proteas and the Springboks.
Day 2 and 3 will showcase two highly competitive days of T20 cricket. First up is a State of Origin match between North and South sides which will take place on Saturday, January 4. The North will comprise players who first made their mark at the inland franchises and the South those from the coastal franchises.
This will be followed on Sunday, January 6, with a first for domestic cricket: the launch of the RAM Slam T20 Challenge with a triple header, including every franchise team in the country: six teams and three matches in one venue.
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These matches will feature and involve all current stars in the Proteas team, recently crowned South African Team of the Year at the SA Sports Awards. The iconic Sahara Park Newlands, voted the second best Test stadium in the world last season, will play host to this magnificent event.
Spectators will be entertained over the three days by an impressive list of artists. The likes of Prime Circle, The Graeme Watkins Project, BlackByrd, Jack Parow and Marc Belling will be performing.
Apart from the music and great cricket, there will also be plenty of food stalls, cricket coaching clinics and signing sessions.
Cricket South Africa has confirmed that the much anticipated North vs. South State of Origin match will be sponsored by Momentum Multiply, who has put up a winner-takes-all prize of a half a million rand for the match. To vote for teams, simply SMS North or South and the player’s name to 45732. SMS are charged at R1.50/sms.
* Tickets are now on sale and prices range from R80 to R150 per day. Fans buying a 3-day package will qualify for a 33% discount. Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketpros.co.za, the Sahara Park Newlands Ticket Office or at Postnet Outlets.