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Submitted By Kevin Rademeyer  Sports
05 Sep 2023
KARACHI: Sidra Ameen stood tall with the bat, smashing a third career fifty, to help guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory and a 2-0 lead in the T20 International (T20I) series against the Proteas Women at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.

KARACHI: Sidra Ameen stood tall with the bat, smashing a third career fifty, to help guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory and a 2-0 lead in the T20 International (T20I) series against the Proteas Women at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.

The opening batter dispatched six fours and a six on her way to a 44-ball 61 as the hosts successfully chased down South Africa’s first innings total of 150/3, which featured leading contributions from openers Tazmin Brits (46) and Laura Wolvaardt (41).

Similar to the opening encounter, Pakistan won the toss and sent the visitors into bat, with Brits and Wolvaardt setting an ideal partnership worth 74 runs for the first wicket before the latter was the first to fall after looking to be the aggressor, with Nashra Sandhu (1/24) claiming the breakthrough scalp.

With the combination of a slower deck compared to the first T20I as well as disciplined bowling from the home side, Brits and all-rounder Marizanne Kapp (26) battled to keep the scoreboard ticking as they put on 37 runs for the second wicket before Brits was eventually dismissed for a 48-ball 46 to leave the Proteas 111/2 in the 17th over.

Although Kapp was dismissed just two overs later, an electric cameo from all-rounder Nadine de Klerk (21), which included 13 runs in the final over, helped South Africa reach a commendable total of 150/3 after their allotted overs.

Iqbal was Pakistan’s pick of the bowlers, ending with figures of 1/22 in her four overs.

With the bat, the hosts picked up where they left off from the first game and despite losing opener Shawaal Zulfiqar (4) early on, Pakistan took control of the contest through Ameen and former captain Bismah Maroof (27) with a 68-run stand to help propel the subcontinent outfit to 91/2 in the 13th over.

Despite both batters being sent back to the dugout in quick succession, with spinners Nonkululeko Mlaba (2/20) and Delmi Tucker (1/24) picking up the vital wickets, Pakistan refused to let their foot off the gas as Aliya Riaz (31*) and Mubeena Ali (26*) combined well to take their team over the line.

The pair put on a match-winning, 54-run partnership for the fourth wicket to seal a momentous win and secure an unassailable 2-0 series lead with five balls to spare and one match to play, which takes place on Monday, 04 September from 19h30 local time (16h30 SAST) at the same venue.

Fixtures - South Africa Tour to Pakistan 2023/24:

T20I Series:
Monday, 04 September 2023 @ 16h30 SAST - 3rd T20I - Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)

ODI Series:
Friday, 08 September 2023 @ 12h30 SAST - 1st ODI - Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Monday, 11 September 2023 @ 12h30 SAST - 2nd ODI - Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Thursday, 14 September 2023 @ 12h30 SAST - 3rd ODI - Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)



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Submitted By Kevin Rademeyer  Sports
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05 Sep 2023
In a scorching display of T20 firepower, Travis Head has ignited a blazing selection battle that's set to sizzle the cricketing world.

In a scorching display of T20 firepower, Travis Head has ignited a blazing selection battle that's set to sizzle the cricketing world. The stage is set, the stakes are high, and the Australian cricket fraternity is abuzz with anticipation as the charismatic Head's explosive 91 off just 48 balls tore apart the South African bowling attack on a glorious Sunday in Durban. With his pyrotechnics, Head led the Australian side to a resounding 3-0 T20I series sweep of the Proteas.

Now, the cricketing conundrum begins: Who will seize the coveted opening slots for Australia at the upcoming one-day international World Cup in India? The competition is fierce, with the illustrious Mitch Marsh and the renowned David Warner vying for the top-order berth alongside Head.

Head's scintillating innings has undoubtedly propelled him into the spotlight, making him a front-runner in this selection showdown. Yet, Captain Marsh, who has been in sublime form and was named the player of the T20 series, is poised to throw his hat into the ring as well. It's an audition of epic proportions as Australia faces South Africa in what can only be described as a World Cup dress rehearsal.

The return of the indomitable David Warner further adds a layer of intrigue to this captivating narrative. Warner, who formed an iconic partnership with the now-retired Aaron Finch at the pinnacle of the Australian batting order, is eager to reclaim his position as the opening maestro. However, Marsh and Head's red-hot form had previously pushed Warner down the order to No.4 during Australia's clash with India in March.

Michael Di Venuto, the astute assistant coach, acknowledges the wealth of options at hand, stating, "There's lots of options for us moving forward opening the batting. If you look at the World Cup, David Warner comes back into the mix, Mitch Marsh, Travis Head. They've all got good form recently that they can all put a case forward to open the batting at the World Cup."

Warner, a stalwart of Australian cricket with 142 ODI appearances under his belt, is facing an unusual challenge to his established role. Marsh and Head's compelling cases, driven by their recent prowess with the willow, have redefined the landscape of Australia's top-order selection.

With only eight matches remaining to prepare for the ODI World Cup in India, the five encounters against South Africa, coupled with a three-match series in India, serve as the ultimate proving grounds. The absence of star batsman Steve Smith due to a wrist injury and the unavailability of paceman Mitchell Starc with a groin issue has opened doors for new talents like Marnus Labuschagne, who earned a late call-up as a potential replacement for Smith at No.4.

Australia's recent victory in the final T20 match against South Africa, secured by five wickets, was a testament to the brutal run chase orchestrated by Travis Head. His career-high score, a blistering 91 off 48 balls, left South Africa in awe. Supported by the explosive Josh Inglis (42 off 22) and the unyielding Marcus Stoinis (37 off 21 not out), Head's six sixes and eight fours in his innings were nothing short of a spectacle. A life offered by Temba Bavuma at 55 was a mere hiccup in his thunderous march.

Head, who had modest scores of 18 and 6 in the preceding T20 matches, has sounded a warning bell for South Africa ahead of the impending five-match ODI series commencing on September 7.

Earlier in the match, Australian paceman Sean Abbott emerged as the hero with career-best figures of 4-31. A stumbling South African start at 2-12 was aided by Marcus Stoinis, who scalped the wickets of Temba Bavuma (0) and debutant Matthew Breetzke (5).

While handy knocks from captain Aiden Markram (41 off 23) and Reeza Hendricks (42 off 30) steered South Africa's ship, the late fireworks were provided by Donovan Ferreira (48 off 21 balls) after a middle-order slump.

However, the spellbinding moment of the match belonged to Australian legspinner Tanveer Sangha, who, despite the midriff-stricken heroics of Hendricks, found the base of leg stump with some force but couldn't dislodge the bail. Sangha's talent, though, remained on display as he eventually ended with figures of 4-31.

A middle-order collapse of 3-6, including a double-wicket maiden from Abbott, saw South Africa plummet to 6-122. Yet, debutant Ferreira's scorching performance, featuring five sixes and one four, steered the Proteas back on course.

Abbott's four-wicket haul, which included the pivotal wicket of Markram, left an indelible mark on the match. Stoinis (2-39) and Sangha (1-39) played their parts, but Nathan Ellis (0-50) faced the brunt of South Africa's counterattack, especially when Donovan Ferreira unleashed his full force upon the Aussie bowlers.

In the world of cricket, where legends are forged and destinies are decided, the battle for Australia's opening slots has just taken center stage. The countdown to the ODI World Cup in India has begun, and the cricketing world watches with bated breath as the drama unfolds. Who will emerge as the ultimate torchbearer for Australia at the pinnacle of limited-overs cricket? The answer, my friends, lies on the horizon, awaiting a grand unveiling!
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05 Sep 2023
World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, expressed his excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, emphasizing that this tournament marks the 200th anniversary of the sport's inception.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, expressed his excitement and anticipation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, emphasizing that this tournament marks the 200th anniversary of the sport's inception. He praised France's readiness to host the event, highlighting the widespread support from the nation and its people.

"We know that this nation will be a magnificent host, not just here in Paris but the length and breadth of a nation that loves major events and loves rugby," Sir Bill Beaumont declared, setting the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of rugby.

Beaumont also lauded the record number of international fans expected to attend, with approximately 600,000 supporters from around the world eagerly awaiting the best of rugby and the best of France. He highlighted the warm welcomes received by teams across various host cities, underscoring the enthusiastic support from local communities.

"The stage is set, now it’s down to the teams to perform. I think it’s fair to say that the action will be compelling, spectacular, and unpredictable," Beaumont predicted. He emphasized that Rugby World Cup 2023 would be a tournament of "firsts," welcoming Chile for the first time and three South American teams, along with Portugal making their first appearance since 2007.

In addition to celebrating the sport, Beaumont stressed the importance of projecting values, making a positive impact on society, and inspiring new players and fans. He announced the launch of the "We Are Rugby" promotion, highlighting the sport's commitment to inclusivity and respect.

Furthermore, Beaumont shared plans to ensure a sustainable and equitable global calendar, with the top three teams from each pool in this tournament earning direct qualification for Rugby World Cup 2027 in Australia. He emphasized ongoing collaboration with unions and partners to create a competitive structure that allows more nations to participate in future Rugby World Cups.

Beaumont expressed gratitude to the French government, host cities, the French Rugby Federation (FFR), and the organizing committee for their contributions to this special event, concluding, "So, the stage is set, the teams are ready, France is ready, let’s get this wonderful Rugby World Cup started."

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, French Minister for Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, reflected on the exceptional year for sports in France and the significance of hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023. She noted that this tournament marked the first time France hosted the entire event on home soil, highlighting the enthusiasm and support of the French public.

Oudéa-Castéra cited impressive statistics, with 91 percent of the French population supporting the event, and 74 percent expressing a desire to follow it closely. She expressed pride in welcoming the world's top 20 teams, international dignitaries, and over 600,000 foreign visitors over the course of 51 days.

The minister emphasized the government's role in ensuring the successful organization of the tournament, including rigorous preparations for security. She detailed the deployment of 5,500 security personnel daily, rising to 7,000 on some days, as well as 5,000 private security guards in the stadiums and resources for security in the "fan zones."

Oudéa-Castéra also highlighted efforts to enhance public transportation during the tournament, including increased staffing at airports and railway stations. Special attention was given to improving accessibility and mobility, with a goal of 88 percent of spectators using trains for their journeys.

On the health front, the minister outlined plans for medical assistance at competition sites and preparations for exceptional health situations, including the possibility of a late heatwave. She acknowledged the challenges of coordinating schedules between rugby and football in World Cup stadiums, expressing appreciation for the cooperation of football organizations.

Furthermore, Oudéa-Castéra emphasized the importance of public involvement in the event, with fan zones offering entertainment and support from various ministries to promote French culture and local produce. She mentioned a social ticketing scheme benefiting healthcare workers and initiatives to involve children in the tournament's cultural aspects.

In closing, she underscored the social legacy of Rugby World Cup 2023, focusing on the government's commitment to responsible and inclusive sporting events and its impact on rugby development in France.

Alan Gilpin, Chief Executive Officer for World Rugby, expressed his amazement at the excitement building around the tournament. He emphasized the significance of this moment in rugby history, noting that anticipation for this Rugby World Cup was unprecedented.

Gilpin highlighted the addition of three South American teams and Chile's debut, along with Portugal's return after 16 years. He emphasized the global appeal of the tournament, with fans from around the world attending to support these teams.

He drew parallels to the Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, citing it as an example of how rugby events can engage a wide audience and drive growth in the sport. Gilpin expressed confidence that this tournament would create opportunities for more people to enjoy rugby, both as spectators and participants.

Success for this tournament, according to Gilpin, would manifest as a great competition with exciting matches that leave fans with lasting memories. He emphasized the importance of the overall experience, both on and off the field, and the role it plays in making rugby more accessible and relevant to a global audience.

Jacques Rivoal, Chairman of Rugby World Cup France 2023, described the building excitement in France leading up to the opening match. He recounted the warm welcomes given to teams in various host cities, including a crowd of over 12,000 welcoming the Irish team in Tours and a guard of honor for Wales in Versailles.

Rivoal highlighted the extensive preparations made to ensure visitors have an exceptional experience in France. With 4,800 volunteers from across the country, the tournament aims to showcase the richness and diversity of France's regions. Over 80 percent of the French population will be within a two-hour journey of a match, promoting regional involvement.

He praised the collaboration between various stakeholders, including the French Ligue Nationale de Rugby, in adapting the French professional rugby calendar to accommodate the World Cup. Rivoal noted the success of the ticketing service, with 1.8 million tickets sold, and the support of 38 companies as competition partners.

The chairman stressed the tournament's legacy, including the goal of registering 100,000 women in rugby in France, promoting the sport in overseas territories and underrepresented areas, and increasing the number of women's rugby clubs. He also highlighted initiatives to address societal issues, such as health rugby sections for cancer and diabetes, inclusion, and combating discrimination.

Rivoal emphasized the role of clubs in fostering unity and positive values, highlighting their educational and civic contributions to French society. He described the federation's mission to extend its societal impact beyond sport, emphasizing inclusivity and community engagement.

In conclusion, Rivoal highlighted the intangible benefits of hosting Rugby World Cup 2023, including the ability to unite the nation and shine a spotlight on grassroots clubs' role in fostering connections and promoting values.

Florian Grill, French Rugby Federation president, underscored the tournament's legacy objectives. He outlined plans to have 100,000 registered women in rugby in France, including players, managers, coaches, and referees. Additionally, he mentioned the Campus 2023 program for apprentices, which aims to create salaried positions in French rugby and support club structures.

Grill emphasized the revitalization of rugby in various regions, including overseas territories and areas where the sport is less established. He stressed the importance of clubs and local organizations in this endeavor and highlighted the educational and societal roles they play.





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05 Sep 2023
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has stepped up to the crease with a resounding announcement that's bound to bowl over cricket enthusiasts across the nation.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has stepped up to the crease with a resounding announcement that's bound to bowl over cricket enthusiasts across the nation. In a dazzling display of synergy between sport and style, CSA has officially declared Lotto Sport as its technical partner for all national cricket teams.

Under this groundbreaking partnership, Lotto Sport has clinched the exclusive rights to craft the playing and training kits for men, women, and budding talents in the cricketing arena. But wait, there's more! The deal extends its mighty arms to the production of a range of merchandise and CSA staff apparel, ensuring that cricket fever permeates every aspect of the game.

Mark your calendars for September 7, 2023, as fans eagerly await the unveiling of the new One-Day International (ODI) kit. The Proteas Men will showcase this sartorial masterpiece as they face off against Australia in the inaugural Betway ODI at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein.

Picture this: a design that not only celebrates individuality but also champions the spirit of unity, all drenched in the classic Proteas green. The Protea embedded design symbolizes the deep-rooted national pride that courses through the veins of every South African.

But it's not just about aesthetics; this kit is engineered to perfection. It seamlessly blends style and performance, offering an ideal fusion of comfort and technical prowess with an ergonomic fit that allows for light and breathable mobility. To top it off, strategically placed reflective elements ensure maximum visibility in the dimmest of light conditions.

Cricket aficionados, get ready to don this iconic gear as it becomes available at leading sports retailers and prominent online outlets throughout South Africa.

CSA's Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki, beamed with enthusiasm, saying, "CSA is thrilled to join forces with Lotto Sport South Africa, a brand that exudes an unwavering passion for sports. Their designer kits will not only elevate our various cricketing properties but also amplify the game's allure."

He continued, "This partnership aligns perfectly with CSA's vision of making cricket the undisputed number one sport in South Africa. It represents our commitment to achieving this goal by associating with a global giant like Lotto Sport."

Adding his voice to this historic moment, Lotto Sport South Africa's CEO, Yusuf Dockrat, remarked, "This is a historic moment for Lotto Sport on a global scale. As a brand traditionally associated with football and tennis, what better way to make a grand entry into the world of cricket than by sponsoring both the Proteas Men and Women's teams?"

Dockrat went on to express his pride in the brand's achievements over the past five years, saying, "For half a decade, Lotto Sport has been dedicated to providing South African consumers with top-tier Italian quality sportswear and lifestyle products that seamlessly blend functionality with style. Our partnership with Cricket South Africa is a natural extension of this commitment."

In conclusion, Dockrat exclaimed, "We are bubbling with excitement about the future of South African cricket and our role in shaping it, side by side with Lotto Sport South Africa."

As the cricketing world looks on in anticipation, this new partnership promises to be an innings that will redefine the game's style and performance. Cricket and fashion aficionados alike are in for an exhilarating ride.
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03 Sep 2023
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and THIRSTI, the natural spring water brand, are pleased to announce a three-year partnership which will extend to key properties.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and THIRSTI, the natural spring water brand, are pleased to announce a three-year partnership which will extend to key properties. THIRSTI started its natural spring water production at the end of 2015, and in a relatively short time achieved market listings in all major retailers throughout South Africa. With its iconic range of still, sparkling and flavoured natural spring water, as well as their vitamin-packed sports drink ISOFIT+, the partnership is fitting for both hydration and rehydration on and off the pitch.

Proteas Men, Proteas Women, SA A, SA u19 Women, SA u19 Men, National Academy Women, National Academy Men, and Protea Women National Camps are the CSA properties set to benefit from this partnership.

With a steadfast focus on sports sponsorships spanning multiple sporting codes, THIRSTI already partner with the Springboks, the Comrades Marathon, Supersport United Football Club, The Sharks, The Bulls, Nedbank Running Club and the ABSA Cape Epic.

Commenting on the partnership, CSA Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki said:

“CSA is pleased to partner with a hydration outfit of such acclaim. THIRSTI is a compelling brand which has a strong focus on sport, and we are thrilled that they have cast their attention in our direction. This confirms cricket’s appeal as a formidable brand which continues to stand on its own. I thank THIRSTI for choosing to partner with us as we journey to position cricket as a powerful sport in South Africa. We are looking forward to a fulfilling and mutually beneficial three years.”

THIRSTI Managing Director Rob Hoatson believes that CSA has turned a corner and is steadfast in their ambition to reach new heights;

“Our love of cricket means that we have always kept our eye on the ball for such a sponsorship opportunity. When an invigorated and motivated management team approached us, we had no hesitation in partnering with an organisation that is wholeheartedly determined in ensuring that the sport is not only better than it’s ever been in our country, but is presented to the fans in a professional, passionate and patriotic manner inside and outside the boundary ropes.”





ABOUT THIRSTI

THIRSTI started production at the end of 2015 with their iconic Still and Sparkling ranges. 2019 saw the release of the ultimate sports drink, ISOFIT+, and a bold THIRSTI Flavours range was added in 2020. With its unique taste, attractive design, and a pH level of 8, THIRSTI has made massive strides in its relatively short time in the market with listings in all major retailers throughout South Africa. THIRSTI has a strong focus on event sponsorships across multiple sporting codes including rugby, football, running, cricket and mountain biking.

For more information about THIRSTI, please visit www.thirsti.co.za

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Submitted By Kevin Rademeyer  Sports
03 Sep 2023
DURBAN: Aiden Markram top-scored with 49 but it was not enough to prevent the Proteas from going down by eight wickets to Australia in the second KFC T20 International (T20I) – a result that sealed the series for the tourists at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Friday.

DURBAN: Aiden Markram top-scored with 49 but it was not enough to prevent the Proteas from going down by eight wickets to Australia in the second KFC T20 International (T20I) – a result that sealed the series for the tourists at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Friday.



The South Africa captain hit 49 off 38 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes) as the hosts stuttered their way to 164 for eight after being asked to bat first.



In reply the visitors were emphatic, cruising to the target in only 14.5 overs to win with more than five overs to spare.



The result gave the Australians an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match sequence with the final match of the series scheduled for the same venue on Sunday.



The home side will only have pride to play for in that game after another disappointing showing on the east coast.



They batted first this time around and got a good start thanks to Temba Bavuma (35 off 17 balls), reaching 36 for none early in the fourth over.



But the Proteas' Test and One-Day International (ODI) captain skied Player of the Match Sean Abbott (3/22) to Josh Inglis to start a horrid slide.



Rassie van der Dussen (6), Reeza Hendricks (3) and Dewald Brevis (0) - the latter pair removed by successive Nathan Ellis (3/25) balls - all fell within the space of three runs as the total slipped to 46 for four.



Tristan Stubbs (27) helped Markram add 51 for the fifth wicket, before he too departed as the hosts sunk further to 97 for five.



From there it was a matter of how much of support Markram could garner from the tail and it was only for 67 more runs as they closed on 164 for eight.



Jason Behrendorff (2/25) was the other successful bowler for the Australians.



Their batters then made light work of the chase.



Travis Head hit 18, before Matthew Short (66 off 30 balls, 7 fours, 4 sixes) and skipper Mitchell Marsh (79* off 39 balls, 8 fours, 6 sixes) put on 100 for the second wicket in a rollicking 7.3 over stand that sealed the game for the away side.



Proteas T20I squad against Australia

Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (DP World Lions), Matthew Breetzke (Dafabet Warriors), Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Donovan Ferreira (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans) and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).



KFC T20I Series



Wednesday, 30 August at 18:00

South Africa lost to Australia by 111 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium



Friday, 01 September at 18:00

South Africa lost to Australia by 8 wickets at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium



Sunday, 03 September at 14:00

3rd KFC T20I at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
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31 Aug 2023
In a blaze of glory, Kabelo Seboko-Mulaudzi, proudly representing the Boxer Athletics Club, has notched up an extraordinary pair of victories in the exhilarating realm of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series.



In a blaze of glory, Kabelo Seboko-Mulaudzi, proudly representing the Boxer Athletics Club, has notched up an extraordinary pair of victories in the exhilarating realm of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. This remarkable athlete surged to victory at both the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K (held in July) and the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K, a dazzling achievement that has left the sporting world awe-inspired. Now, with his unstoppable momentum, the 25-year-old dynamo is relentlessly pursuing a stunning third conquest in the series, targeting the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K scheduled for Sunday, September 24th.

Seboko-Mulaudzi's exuberance is palpable: "I am truly elated with my current form. This year has been a watershed moment for me, especially clinching victories in both Durban and Tshwane," he reflects with a glow of accomplishment.

His triumph in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K was the crescendo of a resilient return from an injury-riddled 2022. Here, he etched his name in the annals of South African athletics, smashing the illustrious 28-minute barrier for a 10km race. This landmark feat has propelled his confidence to stratospheric heights.

"After the Durban triumph, my racing spirit is soaring high. In Tshwane, even when we tackled the initial 5km at a measured pace, I sensed victory in my grasp. Thus, the anticipation for the upcoming Johannesburg race on September 24th is absolutely exhilarating."

Seboko-Mulaudzi, the audacious underdog, sent shockwaves through the ranks in Durban on July 9th at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K, triumphantly outpacing former SA 10km Record Holder, Stephen Mokoka, and fellow sub-28 minute 10k athlete, Thabang Mosiako. His clock-stopping time of 27:56 established him as the sixth athlete to breach the elusive 28-minute barrier, securing the rank of fifth fastest ever South African.

The victor's laurels at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K reaffirmed that his Durban glory was no fleeting starburst, but a rising constellation of promise on the horizon. With his entrance into the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K, the race is guaranteed to be an electrifying showdown.

"Kabelo's presence has injected a dynamic burst of competition into the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series," declares Michael Meyer, the astute Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and the visionary Founder of the Absa RUN YOUR CITY Series. "His consecutive triumphs in the Absa RUN YOUR CITY DURBAN 10K and the inaugural Absa RUN YOUR CITY TSHWANE 10K have shone a radiant spotlight on his extraordinary prowess. With each race, he propels himself to greater heights, and we eagerly await the spectacle he will unfurl at the Absa RUN YOUR CITY JOBURG 10K on National Heritage Day."
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31 Aug 2023
DURBAN, August 29, 2023 — In a thrilling collaboration between KFC and Cricket South Africa, cricket enthusiasts are in for an unforgettable treat during the upcoming South Africa vs.


DURBAN, August 29, 2023 — In a thrilling collaboration between KFC and Cricket South Africa, cricket enthusiasts are in for an unforgettable treat during the upcoming South Africa vs. Australia KFC T20 International (T20I) series. This partnership promises not only intense on-field action but also exclusive experiences that are set to elevate the game for die-hard fans.

Dubbed "Fryhard Fans," these ardent supporters of both cricket and finger-lickin' good chicken are at the heart of KFC's innovative approach this year. With the KFC Big Bucket Service Lounge returning, stadium attendees are in for an immersive experience that melds cricketing excitement with live music magic. Dlala Thukzin, an emerging music sensation, will take the stage during the innings break, amplifying the stadium's energy. Moreover, a first-ever provision will allow fans to savor their favorite KFC meals directly from the Chow Corner within the stadium.

Not to be outdone, those enjoying the matches from the comfort of their homes can partake in the Fry-Hard Augmented Reality (AR) Game. By simply engaging with this interactive feature and downloading the KFC Delivery+ App, Fryhard Fans have the chance to secure enticing meal discounts and other valuable prizes.

Grant Macpherson, KFC South Africa's Chief Marketing Officer, expressed his excitement about this year's offerings: "KFC South Africa has a long history of bringing fans their favourite finger lickin’ good chicken together with the sport they love. This year, we are excited to elevate the Fryhard Fan experience with the KFC Bucket Service Experience to the Aussie Series in Durban. And we’re not just talking about the vantage point of watching the game from a KFC bucket meters in the air. We have exclusive merch, an exciting live performance and for the first time ever, Fans both in-stadium and at home do not have to miss a moment of the action while they make their KFC orders."

As part of this unique convergence of cricket and cuisine, KFC Delivery+ is all set to revolutionize the experience. On match day, a groundbreaking delivery will soar to the commentators, introducing a novel way to enjoy the sport along with the signature flavors of KFC.

The Fry Hard Augmented Reality (AR) game, an integral aspect of KFC's Delivery+ service, ensures that home-based fans stay engaged throughout every ball of the matches. With special meal offers and exciting prizes up for grabs, this AR game keeps the cricket fever alive even outside the stadium. To participate and stand a chance to win, Fry-Hard enthusiasts can dive into the immersive AR game at https://kfc.viviewer.com.

For further details and updates, follow @KFCSA on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To secure your spot and be part of this exhilarating cricketing extravaganza, grab your KFC T20I series tickets at www.ticketpro.co.za.

KFC has been an indispensable event sponsor of the KFC T20I series. This initiative not only brings cricket enthusiasts closer to the action but also involves KFC Mini-Cricket kids, offering them unique opportunities to interact with their heroes, participate as ball boys and girls, and take part in pre-match rituals.

KFC T20I Series Fixtures:

Wednesday, August 30 at 18:00: South Africa vs. Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
Friday, September 1 at 18:00: South Africa vs. Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
Sunday, September 3 at 14:00: South Africa vs. Australia - Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban
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31 Aug 2023
DURBAN — In a fiery clash that marked the commencement of the KFC T20 International (T20I) series, Australia established a formidable foothold, trouncing the Proteas by an emphatic 111-run margin at the illustrious Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.


DURBAN — In a fiery clash that marked the commencement of the KFC T20 International (T20I) series, Australia established a formidable foothold, trouncing the Proteas by an emphatic 111-run margin at the illustrious Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Wednesday.

Reeza Hendricks emerged as a lone warrior for the Proteas, mustering a commendable half-century with his bat, as he crafted a steadfast 56 off 43 deliveries, comprising 5 fours and 2 sixes. Regrettably, his efforts found minimal reinforcement, leaving the hosts bowled out for a total of 115.

Chasing the highest-ever T20I score at the Kingsmead venue — a monumental 226 for 6 — the Proteas faltered in the face of an indomitable Australian onslaught. In this convincing triumph, Australia claimed a commanding 1-0 lead in the fiercely contested three-match series.

The battle resumes at the same hallowed venue on Friday, as South Africa endeavors to rally from their initial setback, seeking redemption in what proved to be a subpar opening display for the 2023/24 home international season.

The encounter bore witness to the initiation of two Proteas debutants, the ascending young talent of Dewald Brevis and Gerald Coetzee. Additionally, a historic moment graced South Africa as Bongani Jele and Lubabalo Gcuma scripted history, becoming the first pair of black African umpires to jointly officiate an international match.

Aiden Markram captained the Proteas, opting to field first against a predominantly uncharacteristic Australian side bereft of several of their regular players. Nevertheless, marshaled under their fresh captain Mitchell Marsh (92* off 49 balls, 13 fours, 2 sixes), Australia rallied, amassing an imposing total, as the Proteas' bowlers grappled to contain them.

Contributing to this formidable scorecard, Tim David notched an explosive 64 off a mere 28 balls, punctuated by 7 fours and 4 sixes. His partnership of 97 for the fifth wicket with his skipper significantly bolstered the Australian charge.

In pursuit of the monumental target, the South African reply faltered from the outset, losing Temba Bavuma for a duck in the opening over. Although a minor resurgence was witnessed when Hendricks joined forces with Rassie van der Dussen (21) to forge a 46-run partnership, the relentless run-rate pressure plagued the batting lineup.

Despite Hendricks' valiant persistence, the Proteas' wickets tumbled with consistent regularity. Aiden Markram (7), Dewald Brevis (5), and Tristan Stubbs (0) were dismissed cheaply as the scoreboard pressure intensified. A brief cameo from Marco Jansen (20) offered some resistance, but ultimately, the Proteas capitulated in 15.3 overs, surrendering to the visiting team's dominance.

Spinner Tanveer Sangha, one of Australia's four debutants, emerged as their standout bowler with a remarkable four-wicket haul conceding 31 runs. Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis claimed three wickets for a mere 18 runs.

As the dust settles on this pulsating contest, the Proteas must regroup and recalibrate their strategies to mount a comeback against the Australian juggernaut. The stage is set for a riveting clash in the upcoming fixtures of the KFC T20I Series, where both teams strive to etch their supremacy in the annals of cricket history.

Proteas T20I Squad against Australia:
Aiden Markram (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (DP World Lions), Matthew Breetzke (Dafabet Warriors), Dewald Brevis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans), Donovan Ferreira (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (DP World Lions), Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions), Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors), Sisanda Magala (DP World Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Tristan Stubbs (Dafabet Warriors), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans), and Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions).

KFC T20I Series Fixtures:

Wednesday, August 30 at 18:00: South Africa lost to Australia by 111 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
Friday, September 1 at 18:00: 2nd KFC T20I at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
Sunday, September 3 at 14:00: 3rd KFC T20I at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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Submitted By Estea Rademeyer  Sports
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31 Aug 2023
Durban, August 30, 2023 — In an electrifying T20 spectacle that ignited the cricketing skies, the audacious Mitch Marsh etched his name in the annals of cricket history with a scorching captain's innings.



Durban, August 30, 2023 — In an electrifying T20 spectacle that ignited the cricketing skies, the audacious Mitch Marsh etched his name in the annals of cricket history with a scorching captain's innings. While the spotlight shone brightly on Marsh's resplendent knock, a serendipitous debut by Tanveer Sangha added a kaleidoscopic touch to Australia's emphatic 111-run victory over South Africa in the riveting series opener at the iconic Kingsmead stadium.

Marsh, the masterful skipper, orchestrated an unparalleled symphony of power and precision, his bat crafting an invincible 92 off a mere 49 balls. Joining him in this harmonious melody was the dynamic Tim David, whose blistering 64 off 28 balls further enriched the sonic canvas. United in their pursuit of cricketing excellence, they unfurled a towering total of 226 for six on the grand stage of Kingsmead, enthralling the fans on Wednesday night.

As the Proteas strode forth in pursuit of the monumental target, their valiant charge was promptly quelled by the enchanting debutant, Tanveer Sangha. Displaying an innate mastery over his leg-spin artistry, Sangha ravaged the opposition with a staggering four-wicket haul, conceding 31 runs. Eminent all-rounder Marcus Stoinis joined this mesmerizing symphony with his own brilliance, claiming three wickets for a paltry 18 runs.

The Proteas' valiant resistance ultimately crumbled, their collective endeavor ending in a total of 115 runs in 15.3 overs. Yet, amidst the carnage, the vibrant Spencer Johnson emerged as a phoenix from the ashes. Although initially expensive on debut, his resilience and prowess yielded two crucial late wickets, a redeeming gesture to claim Reeza Hendricks, who valiantly amassed 56 off 43 balls.

In a twist of fate, the revelation of the evening was the unscheduled emergence of Tanveer Sangha. Initially slated to be a spectator, Sangha's unexpected participation was necessitated by Adam Zampa's late withdrawal due to illness. The 21-year-old leg-spinner embraced the challenge and seamlessly fitted into the ensemble, contributing a pivotal performance that transcended expectations.

Australia's ensemble boasted four debutants — Aaron Hardie, Johnson, Matt Short, and the sparkling Sangha. As Adam Zampa's anticipated return looms, Sangha's dazzling debut has sparked a delightful selection dilemma for Australia, fortifying their arsenal with a versatile weapon.

The resounding victory etched a historical milestone in Australia's T20 journey, asserting their dominance with a record margin. This triumph, surpassing their previous 107-run victory against South Africa in Johannesburg during 2020, exudes an aura of invincibility.

Not to be overshadowed, Australia's monumental total etched its own chapter in Kingsmead's storied history. The 226 for six proved to be the highest-ever T20 international score at this hallowed venue, eclipsing the former record of 218 for four set by England against South Africa in 2020.

In the aftermath of the triumphant clash, Mitch Marsh basked in his stellar display, deservedly claiming the title of "Man of the Match." "It's always nice to start a three-match series with a win, and my job is to score runs, so it was nice to get a couple," Marsh exulted. In tandem, he showered praises upon his comrade Tim David, whose masterstroke partnership alleviated the pressure and unfurled a symphony of strokes that resonated with excellence.

As the series unfurls its subsequent chapters, both teams brace for a crescendo of cricketing exploits. The battle rages on, and the cricketing world eagerly awaits the unveiling of the next captivating chapter in this enthralling saga.

KFC T20I Series Fixtures:

Wednesday, August 30 at 18:00: Australia defeated South Africa by 111 runs at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium

Friday, September 1 at 18:00: 2nd KFC T20I at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium

Sunday, September 3 at 14:00: 3rd KFC T20I at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium




Photo: Credit: BackpagePix
[Submitted by Estea Rademeyer]

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