Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival - Cape Town - Details
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The 16th Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival!
March 22 - 29, 2015
Welcome from Festival Patron, Mike Procter
It is with great pleasure that I, as Patron of the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, welcome you all to the beautiful shores of Cape Town. A city that has a truly remarkable, diverse and comprehensive offering - friendly and hospitable. And that is exactly what your hosts, Western Province Cricket Club are renowned for, as well as their love for the game of cricket.
The 16th Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival, and the second to be held in Cape Town, promises to be another huge success. I know that the approach to the games will be serious and players will respect the traditions of the game as well as their opponents. Over 50 teams and players from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, England and Barbados will be competing along with the host country, South Africa. It is also the week of the two semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup, played in Australia and New Zealand, so I am sure that will add a bit of spice to some of the games!
Play the best you can play - the heart and mind want to play as a 21 year old but the body says different!
I hope you all have a wonderful tournament - good cricket, good company and lots of fun.
- Mike Procter.
Probably one of the most natural talents the game of cricket has ever seen, Mike Procter was denied the chance to showcase his talents on the international stage by South Africa's isolation. His performances in the seven Test matches he did play - all against Australia - suggest he would have kept favourable company with other great allrounders of the late 20th century such as Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee.
Always one for the spectacular, Procter put together a string of memorable performances for his English county side Gloucestershire, to which he was passionately loyal. In 401 first class matches Procter had a highest score of 254 and best bowling of 9/71.
Mike went on to coach South Africa as they made their way back into the international game and he later became a member of the ICC's elite panel of match referees. He stood down from this position to join the South African national selector's panel in 2008.
Official Festival Charity - Rabinowitz Trust for Cricketing Development
It is the aim at Golden Oldies Cricket to help foster our great game and support an appropriate charity in a Festival Host City. To this end we are now an "Official WPCA Youth and Community Development Partner" following discussions with Prof Andre Odendaal to support the Western Province Cricket Association's "Rabinowitz Trust for Cricket Development".
The trust is there to support and mentor the most vulnerable cricketers in the WPCA set up, which consists of some 25,000 young people in 69 clubs and over 500 schools.
VSL Cricket have previously supported this very worthy charity.
There are a couple of ways teams participating in Cape Town can support the charity. Either a cash donation at the Festival or with the donation of cricket equipment which will be distributed to an appropriate club or school. Teams travelling to Cape Town can avoid having to take a bag of team kit by purchasing it in South Africa at cost and then donating the bag to the Rabinowitz Trust for Cricket Development. Teams who are interested in assisting can contact Peter McDermott who will connect them with a gear supplier in South Africa.
To read more about Ben and Shirley Rabinowitz please click here.
2015 will see the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival head to one of the most popular cities in the world, Cape Town, for the second time in Golden Oldies Cricket's 35 year history.
Cape Town is the quintessential melting pot. A city alive with creativity, colour, sounds and tastes. Whilst walking through the city’s streets and meeting its people, you will fall in love with its natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit.
Cape Town is located on the south western corner of South Africa in the Western Cape region on the Atlantic coast. Table Mountain, with its near vertical cliffs and flat-topped summit (3,300 ft), and the Devil's Peak and Lion's Head on either side, together form a dramatic mountainous backdrop enclosing the central city area of Cape Town in the so-called City Bowl.
Beside the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town has vast sandy beaches great for surfing, windsurfing, SCUBA diving, motor boating, sailing and deep sea fishing. Or if the taste of fine wine is more to your liking then the Vineyards of Stellenbosch or Franschoek are not to be missed. These are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed during your stay in Cape Town, and of course the port area has an abundance of great dining and entertainment opportunities.
Cape Town enjoys a moderately Mediterranean climate and Golden Oldies Cricketers will enjoy average temperatures of between 15 – 26 degrees Celsius during the Festival. Cape Town has a proud Cricketing history and there is an abundance of local Cricket Clubs, all with grass wickets that are looking forward to showcasing the best that Cape Town and Western Province Cricket has to offer.
Western Province Cricket Club
The Western Province Cricket Club was founded in 1864. The first recorded media entry regarding the Club was on the 11 October 1864 when the Cape Argus announced ““A cricket match will be played at Wynberg tomorrow between two teams of the newly formed WPCC. One eleven will be composed of residents in Cape Town and Wynberg and the other of those in Claremont, Rondebosch and Diocesan College. Wickets will be pitched at 10.00 am”
An early comment on the wicket (by Cape Argus in 1867) may interest those who have had the joy of batting at Newlands “The ball, instead of bounding to an angle fairly to be calculated by the striker, as on the close knitted English turf, takes a dive into loose sand or each and emerges in uneasy and irregular gyrations”
In August 2003 the Club officially opened its new Sports Centre, in Rondebosch, situated approximately 1.2 km from the Members Pavilion at Newlands. The Clubhouse, in the middle of the 8 hectare, park like surrounds, allows all members the full usage of the facilities on offer:
• 7 All weather Tennis Courts, 4 of which are floodlit
• 4 Bowling Greens with a separate Clubhouse
• 2 Hockey Astroturfs (1 Floodlit)
• 6 Glass backed Squash Courts, 2 of which have movable walls to create a doubles court – a first for Southern Africa
• 1 dedicated cricket oval
• 2 turf fields of which can accommodate both cricket and hockey
• An Indoor Centre, which allows for indoor cricket coaching and net facilities as well as out door turf and Astroturf cricket nets.
Western Province Cricket Club is currently the club 20/20 champions. The cricket facilities are rated as one of the finest in the Western Cape if not in the whole of South Africa! They have five senior teams and a very buoyant chairman’s eleven who come out every Saturday in the summer to compete and enjoy this wonderful sport. Their junior section is the strongest in the country with over 13 teams which also includes hundreds of little park cricketers starting out under the best supervision possible. With their indoor facilities and coaching staff they find themselves in a fairly healthy situation with a bright future ahead.
LOCAL CRICKET CLUBS HOSTING GAMES
Cape Town Cricket Club
is rich in cricket tradition and participation with clubs in all parts
of the city. Pitches and outfields are of excellent standard and without
exception the social facilities are welcoming, hospitable and
enjoyable. Host Clubs will include Western Province Cricket Club, Cape
Town Cricket Club, Groot Drakenstein Cricket Club, Scorpions Cricket
Club and Edgemead Cricket club….to name just a few.
Feature Club in this issue is the Cape Town Cricket Club whose entry has been received and they will be taking a full part in the Festival. Founded in 1857, Cape Town Cricket Club is among the oldest in the city. In 1890 Cape Town Cricket Club was one of the 4 founding clubs of the Western Province Cricket Union. Over its long and proud history, the Club has been home for numerous international players including Jacques Kallis, Jonathon Trott, Garth le Roux, Peter Kirsten, Ken McEwan and Brian MacMillan. Three members of the club have captained South Africa, “Biddy" Anderson, in 1902, Sibley John Snooke in 1909 and Jock Cameron in the 1930’s.
friendly Club reasonably close to the city, Cape Town Cricket Club has a
pool, extensive changing rooms and a very enjoyable bar facility. Great
news that Cape Town Cricket Club are on board and bound to be a fun day
of cricket, friendship and fraternity for those teams fortunate enough
to play at their ground.
Bellville Cricket Club
Bellville has a rich history and cricket is proud to have been part of it. In 1861 the area was named Bellville, the name originating from Charles Davidson Bell who was the Surveyor-General of the Cape from 1848 to 1872. According to JP Duminy, author of ‘Twilight over the Tygerberg’, cricket was the first sport to be played on an organised basis in Bellville.
The first team in the area was formed in 1896 and called ‘The Willows’. In 1908 it was decided that the club should adopt the name of the town and from then has been known as the Bellville Cricket Club. Club matches were played at Hardekraaltjie with some players being fetched by ox wagon and others arriving on horseback. Willie Morkel was the first captain of Bellville and played an instrumental role in establishing the club’s amenities. One of his five sons represented the Springboks that toured the British Isles under Nummie Dean in 1929. The name Duminy is synonymous with the early development of cricket in Bellville. JA Duminy was the first President of the club and the first recorded team contained five Duminys. In the first photograph taken of club members seven Duminys were present and a Duminy family team also played a few matches over the years. JP Duminy played for Bellville in the 1913/14 season when they won the Junior Championship. He later played three Tests for South Africa toward the end of the 1920′s.
Bellville Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in Cape Town thrives in the modern era and currently fields 7 Senior sides, 1 Social, 2 Ladies and 12 Junior sides. The friendly Club Rooms are to be enjoyed by all teams fortunate enough to play at the Bellville Cricket Club-superb fields and great facilities.
Groot Drakenstein Cricket Club
The Groot Drakenstein Games Club is a social club, whose aims and objectives are to promote the interest of sport and the spirit of true sportsmanship in the district of Groot Drakenstein.
Situated in the picturesque Groot Drakenstein Valley between Paarl and Franschhoek it is surrounded by farmlands, with views from the club grounds extending over the orchards and vineyards to the majestic Groot Drakenstein mountain range, the Simonsberg mountain and the Wemmershoek mountain range.
Dating back to 1895, the GDGC was first formed as a cricket and hockey club. Players would meet and play on a field (normally a cow paddock) on the farm Rhone, belonging to Rhodes Fruit Farms, or travel to Paarl, Elsenberg or Stellenbosch in a wagon pulled by mules. In 1921 H.E.V.Pickstone, a farmer in the district offered for lease( at a nominal rate), a piece of ground, and together with H.O.Arton, 10 acres of land, covered with fir trees and sunken roads was chosen on the farm Delta .
This magnificent gesture by H.E.V.Pickstone of this piece of ground came with just one proviso – that at least one game of cricket be played on the field each year. This has increased over the years to more than 60 games per year on the field.
On the 26 April 1926 the MATCH PITCH was established using horse ploughs, grader and equipment. Bradley Grass was planted, to replace the coir matting which was in common use at the time. This was a landmark in South African cricket history, as it was the first turf wicket laid in the country.
The club has attended six Golden Oldies festivals: 1998 Cape Town, 2000 Rotorua NZ, 2002 Vancouver Canada, 2004 Brisbane Australia, 2006 Colombo (Sri Lanka) and 2008 Queenstown NZ. The tour manager for all these was Richard von Hoesslin.
The birth of Edgemead Cricket Club took place during an informal after an Edgemead Residents Association Meeting and the first meeting was held at Neville Horton’s house on 25th September 1984.
The club was able to use the Edgemead Primary School’s facilities where the first game was played on 6 October 1984.
Although initial applications for membership of WPCU were refused, affiliation was finally confirmed in May 1985. The club’s constitution was adopted, and three teams were entered in 1985/86 season league programme, which went off very well as the first team, captained by Trevor Keet, completed their league programme without defeat, while the second side gained promotion in their league.
Development of cricket fields at the Edgemead Sports Grounds, and the laying out of the first field, commenced in July 1985 with the second being ready in early 1986.
During the 1995/96 season saw the first team captained and coached by Lawrie Snyders, won the 2A league and were promoted to the 1st division, an amazing feat since they had started in the 3C league only eleven years before. The club was awarded the WPCU Umpires’ Sportsmanship Trophy for sportsmanship on and off the field. The Association praised the club for its excellent conduct and administrative record, being the only club without any adverse reports, and the club was again awarded this trophy the following year.
The 2002/03 season saw the birth of the youth section under the leadership of Neville Horton. Although too late to enter into a youth league, friendly games were organised, and the very first day/night match was played at Edgemead Sports Ground by a combined U11 and U12 team.
Somerset West Cricket Club is one of the older clubs still active in the Western Province Cricket Association. According to our records Somerset West Cricket Club was founded in 1890 the same year the Western Province Cricket Association was established. This also means that we will be celebrating our 125th year in existence when the World Golden Oldies Festival visits us next year.
The club moved to Radloff Park our current home in 1970 and we have been playing there ever since. Radloff Park is a very scenic venue surrounded by the majestic Helderberg mountain and the Hottentots Holland mountain range. Radloff Park has three turf wickets.
Somerset West cricket club is a family orientated community based club. We regularly field 12 teams at junior, senior and social level. With teams representing SWCC from under 10 right through to the golden oldies.
The executive, players and members of Somerset West Cricket Club cannot wait to extend our hospitality to all the teams visiting us and playing at Radloff Park during the 2015 World Golden Oldies Festival.
Scorpions Cricket Club
The Scorpions Cricket Club was founded 56 years ago by ex-students of the Stellenbosch University Cricket Club.
Matches were played at the sport grounds of the Stellenbosch University. Well-known faces in South Africa like Van Zyl Slabbert (Leader of the Opposition in the 80’s in Parliament), James Starke (Springbok rugby flanker), Lance Steytler (WP rugby player) as well as Mike Macauly (ex South African Cricket Player) all played for the Scorpions.
The slogan of the Scorpions is “The Sting is in the Tail.”
In 1995 the Scorpions started to play all their home matches at Oude Libertas which is situated at the back of Distell (leading liquor company of South Africa).
Oude Libertas was for a number of years the home ground of Boland Cricket and many provincial matches was hosted at this beautiful ground.
The Eerste River flows past the field (on the southern side) and big oak trees forms a natural and beautiful boundary - adjacent to the river.
Durbanville Cricket Club
The Durbanville Cricket Club was started 50 years ago at the old fields in Queen Street. Today you will find a residential complex where many big matches were played in those days.
The club moved to its new headquarters in Sports Way, where there are three fields, of which 2 are provincial rated.
Day 1: Sun 22 March
Arrival of teams to Cape Town and transfer to your accommodation.
Day 2: Mon 23 March
First day of Cricket
Day 3: Tues 24 March
Mid Week Picnic Day
Day 4: Weds 25 March
Second day of Cricket
Day 5: Thurs 26 March
Day at leisure with optional sightseeing tours
Day 6: Fri 27 March
Third day of Cricket
Day 7: Sat 28 March
Grande Finale Dinner and Awards Function
Day 8: Sun 29 March
|Teams depart or stay on a little longer to enjoy more South African hospitality |
24th March 2015
The Big Day Out will be held at Groot Constantia Wine Estate, the oldest wine estate in South Africa, in conjunction with Simon's Restaurant.
10.30am - Depart hotels. Scenic drive via Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak Drive (if open), and Ou Kaapse Weg. If Chapmans Peak is not open, we will depart at 11.00am via Hout Bay and Constantia Nek
11.40am - Arrive at Groot Constantia Wine Estate. Open bar (beer, wine & soft drinks) for the duration of the afternoon
12.00pm - 3.00pm - Wine-tasting every 30 minutes in a designated 'Golden Oldies' wine-tasting area. Finger-food spread over many serving-stations - menu as below. Music all afternoon by Duck and Dive, a well known local 2-man band
3.30pm - Coaches depart and return to hotels - approximately 30-35 minute drive.
Gourmet cocktail boerewors rolls with vine tomatoes
Mini sirloin steak rolls with aioli and fried onions
Fish goujons and chips
Cocktail bunny chow with minted yoghurt and salsa
Caramelised onion and goats cheese tart
Bobotie dumplings with Mrs Balls chutney
Cocktail melktert (milk tart)
With all Golden Oldies Festivals nothing is left to chance. The cricket, transport, accommodation, and functions are all planned and co-ordinated for your team. In Cape Town we can also ensure the hospitality of the local Cricket community.
PACKAGE INCLUSIONS (Full packages):
- Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
- Team Managers briefing
- Three days of Cricket including afternoon teas and a braii at the conclusion of the games.
- Seven nights Accommodation
- One return team transfer from Cape Town International airport to your hotel and back at the conclusion of the festival
- Return Coach transfers from your hotel to the Cricket grounds on the three game days
- Return Coach transfers from your hotel to the three official functions
- Three traditional Golden Oldies functions including meals and drinks
- The Welcome Party at historic Sahara Park Newlands cricket ground
- The Mid Week Picnic Day
- The Grand Finale Dinner and Awards function
- Information desks at selected hotels
- Festival Souvenir
- Personality of the Day medallions
- Four editions of the “Caught Short” Festival newspaper
- Team Photos for every playing member of the team
Regrettably the Cullinan and the Southern Sun
Waterfront have sold out but the Cape Manor Is still available and the
Park Inn by Radisson, a centrally located, attractive property is the
other B Category Hotel with rooms still available.
Cape Manor Hotel, situated in Sea Point, Cape Town, commanding spectacular sea and mountain views, within walking distance of the Atlantic Promenade.
Lady Hamilton Hotel, centrally located and comfortable and along with the New Tulbagh Hotel being Category C Hotels with rooms available.
Make your booking as soon as you can to be sure of getting the accommodation you require.
B - Premier Cape Manor
B - Park Inn by Radisson
$1895 - Extra Nights $95 per person
$2560 - Extra Nights $190 per person
C - Lady Hamilton
C - New Tulbagh
$1735 - Extra Nights $70 per person
$2225 - Extra Nights $140 per person
Costs are for an 8 day and 7 night package.
Please Note: To avoid disappointment, we recommend early booking as some accommodation and room grade options are limited. Extra nights are available on request.
Hotel Contact details
Cullinan St, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
+27 21 415 4000
Southern Sun: Waterfront
1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town 8002, South Africa
+27 21 409 4000
Premier Cape Manor
1 Marais Rd, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
+27 21 430 3400
Park Inn by Radisson
29 Heerengracht St, Cape Town 8000, South Africa
+27 21 427 4800
10 Union St, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
+27 21 423 3888
9 Ryk Tulbagh Square, Cape Town 8001, South Africa
+27 21 418 5161