Siya Sowati who has a South African passport has joined Shirehampton Cricket Club for the foreseeable future. Siya is one of four siblings, he has two sisters and one brother. His parents were married close to 40 years before Siya's father recently passed away after battling cancer. For a large part of Siya's youth he did not know what he wanted to do professionally but he knew that he wanted to be a good husband and a great father. Siya is married to Chantelle and a father to an energetic three-year-old called Kamva.
Siya played cricket because he did not have anyone to play football with in Grassy Park, Cape Town. Siya joined Saint Augustine Cricket Club where the interest started. The club has a rich history with the great Basil D’Oliviera having played for the Saints. Seeing Paul Adams; Wesley Euley; Nathan and Ewan Jacobs play made him want to be the best that he possibly could be at the game. Siya then had a life-altering opportunity at the University of the Western Cape through a cricketing programme called Sports Skills For Life Skills (SS4LS).
Siya is a logistics fanatic and he works in Supply Chain Management. Spending time with his wife Chantelle and Kamva is really important to Siya and this takes up a lot of his time. When Siya gets a few moments to himself he loves watching football especially his favourite team Real Madrid. "My biggest interest though, besides family is people’s development. I believe that it is everyone's duty to improve the livelihood of one another. I get a thrill and an unexplainable high from working with youth and helping them to comprehend life situations so that they may not be prone to making the same mistakes I made as a younger man".
Asked who Siya's cricketing Idols were, he responded "Romano Ramoo and Tinashe Ruswa. Both brilliant youth internationals (South Africa and Zimbabwe), but used sport as a medium to get educated. There are many more with similar paths, but those two were immensely gifted cricketers whom you would have placed money that they would play at the highest level. I always tell their stories to young athletes from tough backgrounds in South Africa who are not so keen on getting a decent education.
Siya chose to join Shirehampton Cricket Club because he believes they have a real chance of being get promoted. "The club expressed that vision to me; I met the captain and board members and that sealed it. I had other offers but the sincerity of the clubs’ representative I met, the age of the squad, the home ground and the youth structure won me over. I felt it is the right place where I can fall in love with the game of cricket once again and achieve things which are of significance to all those associated with the club".
Although the cricket season is relatively short Siya wants to achieve a lot during his time at the club. "An average of 20 overs of batting time per innings will result in decent scores and enough opportunity to spend time with other batsmen so that they can improve their game. I would like to make everyone feel part of the puzzle and win a lot of cricket matches. If my schedule permits it I want to spend a lot of time with the under 15s and get them to be the best they can be at their age".
We are really happy to have Siya's services for the year as well as welcome Chantelle and Kamva into the wider Shirehampton Cricket family. We hope that the relationship between the two parties is a long and fruitful one.