About The CGL
Our vision is to create an unrivalled passion for cricket in Gauteng.
Our mission is to advance and transform cricket in Gauteng by ensuring winning teams, nurturing club and schools cricket and offering a world-class experience at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.
Central Gauteng Lions as the name suggests is situated in the Gauteng Province, the economic hub of South Africa. Our offices are situated at the magnificent Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Corlett Drive, Illovo, Johannesburg.
Gauteng Cricket administers all amateur cricket that is played in the following demarcated areas: Soweto, Kagiso, Johannesburg North, Alexandra, Wits and surrounding areas, Vaal, South East Area, Jeppe, Lenasia and Johannesburg Central. Tertiary institutions that are affiliated to Gauteng Cricket are Wits University, University of Johannesburg, Vaal University of Technology and Wits Technikon.
A total of 53 Clubs participate in 18 Leagues that are administered by the Central Gauteng Lions. Various associations are affiliated to Central Gauteng Lions namely; South Gauteng Primary Schools cricket association, Gauteng High Schools Cricket Association, Gauteng Cricket Coaches Association, Gauteng Deaf Cricket, Gauteng Blind Cricket Association, Gauteng Cricket Umpires Association, Gauteng Cricket Scorers Association and Gauteng Women’s Cricket.
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Youth And School
Youth cricket comprises mini-cricket as well as schools cricket. Mini-Cricket it is a basic form of cricket that consists of fast, scaled-down games with eight children per team and lasts for approximately an hour. Schools Cricket consists of district and regional leagues, which take place throughout the year; both in and out of season.
KFC Mini Cricket:
Mini-Cricket it is a basic form of children’s cricket that consists of fast, scaled-down games with eight children per team and lasts for approximately an hour.
The major aim of Mini-Cricket is to provide a game of cricket in its simplest form for young children and at the same time to provide enjoyment and to popularise the game of cricket.
The Central Gauteng Lions manages circuit, district and regional school cricket leagues take place both during the season and out of season.
School Cricket Players identified at Regional Talent Acceleration Camps then progress to attend the National Talent Camps at U/16, U/17 and U/19 levels.
Girls School cricket in Gauteng is growing nicely. We are currently on a drive to grow primary school cricket.
The Hubs’ system caters for schools in disadvantaged areas at a central venue and provides for the coaching and playing of matches. Identified players get more opportunities as well as improved coaching at Regional Performance Centres.
The Hubs provide a link to the CSA High-Performance Pipeline through selection into Provincial Age Group teams and Regional Talent Acceleration Camps.
The role of the Provincial Academy structure is to ensure a smooth transition for identified cricketers leaving school and to prepare them for the next phase of the CSA Cricket Pipeline, namely the Senior Provincial and Professional levels.
The programme is intended to create a learning environment of excellence through the holistic development of cricketers under the age of 23 in both cricket and formal education or vocational training.
A Provincial Academy structure has five primary outcomes:
- Improved cricket skill development
- Improved tactical awareness
- Formal educational or vocational training qualification
- Career Planning and Life Skills development
- Talent identification and retention
The following are its secondary outcomes:
- Holistic development of the identified players at provincial level based on the principle that “Better players make better Proteas”
- A structured talent identification and development programme
- The retention of these identified players within each Affiliate or Associate
- An Academy system that encourages young players to study and or enter the workplace while playing cricket during the “bottleneck” period
- Qualified individuals who are better prepared for their transition out of cricket irrespective of the level from which they make the transition out of CSA’s Pipeline Strategy
- Tools that reveal their true talent as leaders and people – life skills
- Opportunity to reveal their talent as cricketers
- Improved support structure
- Improved coaching system
The Gauteng Cricket Academy was started in June 2011. The focus of the academy is to empower the young cricketers and develop them into professional cricketers and to produce cricketers for the Central Gauteng Lions Semi-Professional team and Imperial Lions. It is an opportunity for up and coming cricketers to work on their techniques, fitness and life skills. The academy runs for a period of three months, which takes them straight into pre-season with their respective teams. It is held at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium.
During the 2016/2017 season, Wandile Gwavu was named the Franchise Academy coach and the Lions’ Franchise Academy team won the Franchise Academy Week.
Siyabonga Sibiya replaced Wandile Gwavu, who became the Imperial Lions Assistant Coach, in the 2018/2019 season. Siya has previously coached the WP U15 and U17 and was also the fitness and conditioning coach for the WP U19A team.
We regard the preparation of players who are ready to perform well for the Imperial Lions as the most important role for our semi-professional cricket league.
The Senior Provincial (Semi-Professional) competition has as its primary purpose the development of young talented players to take part in highly competitive competitions across two formats. The Senior Provincial competition is played between all 12 Affiliates and KZN Inland. Namibia takes part by invitation. The Senior Provincial competition has first-class status and, therefore, contributes to the overall first-class, List A and T20 statistics of a player.
The two different formats are:
- Provincial 3-Day competition
- Provincial 1-Day competition (50 overs)
In addition all provinces take part in the SA Provincial T20 which is a T20 competition between 12 semi-pro unions.
The flagship team of Amateur Cricket, the Central Gauteng Lions Men’s team, continue producing quality players for the franchise. They have enjoyed a good run of form under coach Sandile Masengemi, the semi-pro team finished 3rd in the 50 overs format and 3rd in the Three day format in the 2018/2019 season.
The Women’s provincial league has been divided into a National and Regional section with an annual system of promotion and relegation between two sections. The promotion and relegation take place at a cricket week between the six teams in the National League and the 2 regional winners (coastal and inland pools).
Women’s Provincial Team:
Gauteng Women’s Cricket is having some good showing on the field under the guidance of the coach Mr Sean Pretorius.
Girls School cricket in Gauteng is growing nicely. Currently, we are on a drive to grow primary school cricket. If any school wishes to start a Central Gauteng Lions girl’s cricket team, contact the Central Gauteng Lions and we will gladly assist in helping you promote the game with coaching clinics.
The primary and high school league commences in September and continue through until March.
For information on provincial trials, please contact the Central Gauteng Lions office.
Women’s Club Cricket:
We are proud of the on-going success of our Women’s League, which continues to grow in popularity. The Central Gauteng Lions hosts fourteen Women’s cricket clubs across Gauteng. The league commences in September and continues weekly thereafter. For more info please contact the Central Gauteng Lions offices.
The Central Gauteng Lions girls showed fantastic growth over last year. The U19 team placed second in the U19 Girls National Cricket Week in 2016/2017 season.
Ten representatives were selected for the various national teams – Raisibe Nthozake, Shabnim Ismail, Trisha Chetty, Lerato Langa, Jenna Searle, Robyn Searle, Nkuli Thabethe, Paballo Tshidi, Palesa Mapoo and Yolani Fourie.
The Central Gauteng Lions heads up all Senior Clubs in the province. In total the Central Gauteng Lions can boast that 114 teams actively participate in the Sunday Leagues and 70 teams in the Saturday Senior Structure. Gauteng will see 1645 senior fixtures effectively played in our province in the cricket season.
The role of Club Cricket is to create a hospitable environment that attracts and retains individuals who want to participate in the game of cricket within a community.
Affiliates and Associates are guided by the following administrative principles when registering a club or ascertaining the health status of their club cricket programme which drives the CSA Presidential Plan objectives for club cricket:
- Minimum administrative compliance when it comes to Constitution; properly constituted committee; minutes of the last AGM held and approved financial statements;
- Number of registered teams as well as feeder systems;
- Ability to provide playing and practice facilities; and
- Suitably qualified coaches who are registered members of the Affiliate or Associate Coaches Association structures.
Blue Flag Status:
A “Blue Flag” status is a Cricket South Africa recognition given to Clubs that drive the Objectives and Aims of the Presidential Plan (provides minimum criteria to operating an effective cricket pipeline structure). The Criteria used to ascertain the status of such a club will be based on administrative capabilities, adequate facilities, a minimum number of teams and suitably qualified coaches.
Affiliate or Associate registered clubs need to complete a Club Index form to ascertain their status.
A Club Index is an administrative self-evaluation document that serves to guide or be used as a reference in ascertaining the status of a registered club in driving the CSA Presidential Plan club cricket objectives. A club wishing to ascertain Blue Flag Status must score 90 percent on the Club Index.
National Club Championship:
The National Club Championship aims to provide a higher level of playing exposure to Premier League clubs. The club championships tournament stage is divided into 2 streams of 6 teams per pool as stipulated below:
- National Club Championship stream will encompass the 6 outright winners of the Franchise region play-offs and all respective premier club league winners are eligible to qualify for the play-off stage of the club championship; whilst the
- Multiply Community Club Championship stream will encompass the 6 outright winners of the extended Franchise region playoffs and all respective premier league winners or highest placed community club in the premier league are eligible to qualify for the play-off stage excluding Tertiary Institutions based clubs. The Multiply Community Club Championship is strictly for community-based clubs. Club Cricket on a Sunday is played at eleven different levels and we see the Saturday Leagues play up to the seven leagues. The Premier, Promotion and Presidents League teams play two competitions i.e. Limited Overs (50 Overs) and a 20 Over Competition. On a Saturday they play a 35 over competition. These clubs are placed into the section based on points taken from the last season.
Sunday Seven & Eight leagues are our junior league and they play 35 overs only. This is a platform that clubs use as a transition from junior cricket to senior cricket. Players are exposed to conditions of playing cricket in a senior environment. The Central Gauteng Lions encourages clubs to have at least nine juniors with 2 adults in their teams.
We are proud of the on-going success of our Women’s League, which continues to grow in popularity. The Central Gauteng Lions hosts fourteen Women’s cricket clubs across Gauteng.
The running of the Coaches Association is done from the Central Gauteng Lions Offices.
Central Gauteng Lions runs cricket courses through its coaching education office on behalf of Cricket SA. The coaching education office runs the following courses:
- Orientation Course
- Level I
- Level II
All Clubs/Schools areas are welcome to request for coaching courses to be conducted at their venues.
The below requirements will need to be met for the course date to be allocated and conducted at a venue of their choice:
- A club/school/area can make an application to Central Gauteng Lions for the coaching course to take place at their venue if they have at least 15 people that can attend the course
- Facility to have a clubhouse/classroom where facilitation for at least 15 people can take place
- A field and or nets will be required where practical coaching can be conducted
Affiliate scorers’ Associations oversee the scoring obligations in their regions. Each Associate / Affiliate is required to have a Scorer’s Association, whose operations must be standardised in alignment with CSA Policies (MOI). It includes administration, recruitment, training and appointment of scorers.
The Central Gauteng Lions Scorers Association had another successful season last season and were again appointed as the recipients of the CSA Scorers’ Association of the Year award for 2018/2019, their 14th award in the last 15 years.
A full provincial and international season proved challenging to provide scorers for all matches during the season. The association is continuously running courses during the season and hopes to grow its membership.
Affiliate Umpires’ Associations oversee the umpiring obligations in their regions. Each Associate / Affiliate is required to have an Umpires’ Association, whose operations must be standardised in alignment with CSA Policies (MOI). It includes administration, recruitment, training and appointment of scorers to league cricket. This is the first phase of the Umpire Pipeline.
The association currently has 130 members of which 52 are umpires of colour. Lourens Engelbrecht headed up the training and six training courses were conducted. Transformation remains a focal point for the association.
The South African Deaf Cricket Association is responsible for the development of Deaf and Hearing Impaired cricket through the assistance of our Affiliates and Associates. Players are encouraged to participate in the mainstream leagues as there is no adaption required (especially where there are not sufficient numbers to form leagues).
To be eligible to play in Deaf Cricket South Africa events you must be able to provide an audiogram that shows you have a hearing loss of 55 decibels or more in your better ear. Because Deaf Cricket is played by both cricketers who have total hearing loss and those with only partial hearing loss, players who normally wear hearing aids need to remove them while playing at Inter-Provincial or International levels.
The South African Deaf Cricket Association conducts an Annual Inter-Provincial tournament for their affiliated members. Selectors / Scouts are appointed to identify talent for the Deaf Cricket South Africa team.
Blind cricket is a version of the sport adapted for blind and partially sighted players. It has been governed by the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) since 1996.
Blind Cricket South Africa is responsible for the development of Blind and Visually Impaired cricket through the assistance of our Members.
There are three internationally recognized Blind and Visually Impaired cricket categories that players fall into, known as B1, B2 and B3.
The Learning Disability South African Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired is responsible for the development of Intellectually Impaired cricket with the assistance of our Members. Players are encouraged to participate in the mainstream leagues as there is no adaption required (especially where there are not sufficient numbers to form leagues).
For the purposes of eligibility, a Learning Disability is defined as a significant limitation in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviour as expressed in conceptual, social and practical adaptive skills. This disability will have originated before the age of 18 years. (If a player’s primary or only condition is ADHD; autism; dyslexia; behavioral problems or Asperger’s, it will be unlikely that they will fulfil the Learning Disability eligibility requirements.)
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The cricket pipeline is made up of amateur cricket and professional cricket levels.
Amateur cricket facilitates the development of our cricket talent to provide a consistent stream of talent into the professional teams.
Youth cricket, schools cricket, club cricket and provincial teams all form part of the amateur level. Professional cricket is found at Franchise, as well as Proteas level.
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