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The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League 2019 Attracts 34 Teams From East Africa Region

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The Uganda national under-19 cricket team return to Nairobi this week to defend their title in the 2019 edition of The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League.

The third edition of this annual tournament starts Wednesday 21 August 2019 and will be played at various venues throughout the city, culminating in the finals on Sunday, 25 August at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Building on the success of 2018, a total of 34 teams and a total of 450 young players have entered the Under-9, Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 in addition to the Under-19 category drawn from Uganda, Nairobi, Nakuru and Mombasa covering national, provincial, clubs and school teams. Both boys and girls are playing in each of the categories.

Title sponsor Hayer One is joined by Co-sponsor Crown Paints Kenya this year with additional sponsorship from Executive Healthcare Solutions, MacCoffee, Muthaiga Travel and All Pack.

Star Field Sports, organisers of this youth cricket bonanza recently formed a strategic partnership with Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) of South Africa. The Hayer One Star Field Youth Cricket League 2019 will be a showcase of their efforts, having hosted a High Performance Coaching Camp with GKC in April this year.

Star Field Sports Director, Karan Kaulsaid, “We expect the standard to be very high this year, especially after the successful High Performance Camp which attracted 105 children. We are delighted the defending champions, Uganda Under-19s are in Nairobi this week. Budding cricketers are also expected from Cricket Kenya Development sides from Homa Bay, Nairobi, Nakuru Counties. Cricket associations from Uganda, Coast and the East Africa Cricket and Development Foundation have also sent teams”.

Clubs and schools hosting the youth league and putting their facilities to good use this week include: Nairobi Gymkhana, Sikh Union Sports Club, Ruaraka Sports Club, Sir Ali Muslim Club, Nairobi Jaffrey’s Sports Club, Peponi Secondary School and Jamhuri High School.

The Finals on Sunday will be open to all, and the organisers have put on a Festival of Cricket including entertainment and catering for all ages taking place at Nairobi Gymkhana. Grounds open at 9 am. The medal ceremony is scheduled for 6 pm. Entry is free.

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South Africa ’s Gary Kirsten Cricket to Partner with Kenya’s Star Field Sports

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Nairobi, 13 February 2019 …Kenya’s leading sports development company Star Field Sports has formed a strategic partnership with Gary Kirsten Cricket (GKC) of South Africa to spearhead the development of cricket in the East African region through a series of high profile sports events: High Performance Coaching Camps, Coach Education Courses and private academies.

Gary Kirsten is the iconic South African cricket legend, and India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011. He played 101 Test matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa between 1993 and 2004, mainly as an opening batsman.

His vision is to develop an internationally renowned cricket services business to develop the game and help spread his coaching legacy globally. His state-of-the-art facility in Centurion, Gauteng Province provides coaching for cricketers from around the world.

Speaking at the conclusion of the negotiations, Director of Star Field Sports, Karan Kaul said “We believe this partnership will double down on the strengths of each organization – Gary Kirsten Cricket’s expertise, experience and reputation combined with Star Field’s market knowledge, work ethic and drive is a perfect fit to take over the East African market and develop the game of Cricket.”

The partnership with Star Field Sports in Kenya will aim to support cricket development, starting in April 2019 with a High-Performance Camp and Coach Education Workshop run byGKC at The Nairobi Gymkhana. The camp is open to both professional cricketers in East Africa and young aspiring cricketers. Kirsten’s foray into East Africa is a first for his organisation.

Star Field has in the past, organized highly successful Youth Cricket Tournaments that attract players from East Africa, India and South Africa – the most recent of which was the Hayer One Starfield Youth League in August 2018.

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