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Siseko Sobekwa named Standard Bank RPC Week “Player of the Year”

Sixteen-year-old Western Province batting star, Siseko Sobekwa, has been named as the Standard Bank RPC Week Player of the Year at the Cricket South Africa Breakfast Awards 2019 – held in Johannesburg on Saturday, 03 August 2019.

Sobekwa was one of the top batsmen at the Standard Bank RPC (Regional Performance Centres) under-16 Boys Week held in Potchefstroom earlier this year. The top order batsman scored 150 runs at an average of 50 in his four matches.

He displayed significant big match temperament in the tournament’s final, where he scored 110 off 120 balls – the only century of the week, which included 16 fours and two sixes. His innings steered his Western Province side to victory over South Western Districts – walking away as the week’s top team.

“As proud sponsors of the RPC – which forms an instrumental role in the development of young cricketers in the country – Standard Bank would like to congratulate Siseko on his outstanding achievement,” says Desiree Pooe, Executive Head: Standard Bank Sponsorship.

As part of its holistic approach to sponsorship, Standard Bank insists on ensuring that there is a talent pipeline for every programme it is involved in. According to Pooe, it is a reality that top-flight cricket cannot sustain itself and therefore there must be a pipeline that is equipped with suitably resourced centres.

“Most of the kids involved in the RPC are from non-cricket playing schools. Had it not been for this, they would not have had a chance to play cricket at this level with the support from dedicated coaching staff and other vitally important elements that they receive from the under-19 coaches and technical team. Siseko is the perfect example of how this journey takes cricketers from Bud to Bloom,” she concludes.

Standard Bank is currently sponsoring 12 RPC programmes across the country that focuses on the age groups between 13 and 18-years.

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