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The Cricket Team, Student Leadership and
supporters at the celebratory lunch on the
Westville campus.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a banquet in honour of the Cricket Club’s exceptional performance in the Castle Challenge League. The Cricket Club are the Castle Challenge League 50-over Champions and the Castle Challenge League 20/20 Champions and remained unbeaten throughout the 2014/15 season in both formats.

Captain Devon James, who has played cricket at the University for 11 years, said something ‘sparked’ in the team about two years ago. ‘There was a sense of urgency and drive within the squad,’ said James.

He acknowledged Coach Fabian Lazarus’s professional approach to the season and the games and thanked the team for their hard work and dedication and the University for their support.

Coach Fabian Lazarus, awarded the Best Club Coach for the Season in the Castle Champion League, said hard work and buy-in from all the players and the support staff paid dividends.

KZN Cricket Union’s Jay Naidoo congratulated the team and Coach Fabian Lazarus and commended their performance, ‘To go the season unbeaten is amazing – it doesn’t happen often!’

Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at UKZN, congratulated the cricketers and reaffirmed his commitment to sports, academia and research at the University.

Dr Sibusiso Chalufu, Executive Director of Student Services, said he was pleased at the strategic decision to focus on and drive sports at the University.

Chalufu thanked the support staff, UKZN Cricket Union’s Mr Jay Naidoo, Student Health and Sports’ Mr Mark Bashe and the Sports’ Administration team. He paid special tribute to the players and along with Dr van Jaarsveld, committed to attending cricket games when the next season started.