Dubai witnessed an impressive display of talent as Bruzaan Goosen, a member of Eastern Gauteng Indoor Cricket, proudly donned the South African colors during the recent WICF Juniors World Series. This event showcased the burgeoning talents of young cricketers on a global scale.
In Dubai, Goosen and her compatriots represented South Africa with distinction, finishing as the runners-up in the Shield Cup category of the fourth World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) Juniors World Series. The tournament took place just last month at the Dubai Sports Centre.
Goosen was an integral part of the national team, comprising 11 skilled female cricketers under the age of 17. Despite their formidable efforts, they were defeated by England in the Shield final, falling short by 45 runs. England posted an imposing total of 89-3, while Goosen and her teammates could only muster 44 runs in response.
During the course of the tournament, Goosen had some memorable moments, showcasing her skill with the ball. In one of the matches, she contributed significantly with figures of 3-10. Her exceptional performance did not go unnoticed and added to the South African team’s overall strength.
The grand finale of the girls’ championship saw Australia emerge victorious, prevailing over New Zealand to claim the coveted title.
The enthusiasm for indoor cricket extended to the national U15 boys’ team as well. They also secured the second position but narrowly missed out on the bronze final, succumbing to Australia by 17 runs. The South African boys managed to restrict the Australians to a total of 55, but they could only reach 38 in their run chase.
The Dubai showdown was a testament to the passion and dedication of young indoor cricketers, as they showcased their skills on the international stage, and Bruzaan Goosen played a crucial role in representing South Africa in this esteemed competition.