GELVANDALE Cricket Club have a bumper season of activities planned in celebration of their 35th anniversary.
The festival, which starts this month and runs until March next year, will include a pre-season, Golden Oldies, 20/20, father-and-son tournaments and double-wicket tournaments.
Also on the bill are a mini- cricket tournament, a dinner with legends and a jazz festival.
Established in 1979, Gelvandale has produced a number of quality players who have gone on to play franchise and Proteas cricket.
Robin Peterson, Ashwell Prince, Garnett Kruger, Alviro Petersen and Wayne Parnell are some of the players who have made a name for themselves in recent years.
But the club has not only produced these top-level players. It has also contributed much to the development of cricket in Eastern Province in general, and the northern areas in particular.
Gelvandale CC has grown in stature in the last decade and is arguably the leading club from a previously disadvantaged area in the country.
During the ’70s and ’80s, the club’s top side played its home matches at the Adcock Stadium while the lower league and junior teams played on matting at the Gelvandale Playing Fields.
In 2001 the club made use of the PPC Oval behind Livingstone Hospital before moving to their current location, which is quickly becoming an impressive facility.
Gelvandale CC’s programme for the season:
September 22-23: pre-season tournament with United, Pacaltsdorp and Gelvandale.
October 26: Golden Oldies.
November 23: 20/20 emerging players, two high schools.
November 24: KFC mini-cricket and double-wicket.
December 7: father-and-son cricket match, sleep-over and fireworks display.
January 11: SA v NZ (test in PE, Dinner with the Legends, questions and answers).
March 23: jazz festival.