Five teams to play for Luxolo ‘Lux’ Qoboshiyana trophy

The five teams who will compete at the inaugural Veterans Cricket Association of South Africa Club Championships in East London later this month have been confirmed.

Border will be represented by Bohemians Cricket Club, who will also host the tournament. Western Province, KZN Coastal, Lions and Titans will be represented by Montrose, Amanzimtoti, Old Edwardians and Police Veterans respectively.

The team will battle it out for the Luxolo ‘Lux’ Qoboshiyana trophy.

The late Qoboshiyana was born and raised in the East London, Bhisho and King William's Town region, including its rural clusters. He was a father figure that spotted and carefully nurtured cricket talent.

The man from Mdingi, the same rural home as Makhaya Ntini, played a fatherly role for Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile and other promising youngsters.

He was a teacher by profession and also worked for an insurance company during his career, but his heart was always with the sport he played, cricket. He was involved in sports unity talks in 1991 after playing for Border’s (non-racial) provincial team during the segregated era.

He followed the game closely, at its purest and innocent level at schools, tracking the most talented players that Border could offer.

In return, the game took Qoboshiyana up the ranks in cricket administration, where he rose to become a Border Cricket and Warriors selector, and eventually for the Proteas and more recently the Proteas Veterans.

Border Veterans chairman and tournament director Eugene Adams said: “He also loved the issue of transformation and was passionate about it. He was a true servant of Border cricket and he emphasised that Border is the cornerstone of black cricket in South Africa.”