The inaugural Stanbic Bank Pro20 Series was held at Harare Sports Club from 12 to 20 February 2010. All five ZC franchise teams participated with the Namibian national team, known as the Desert Vipers as the sixth team.
A number of former players and overseas players were contracted by the franchises specifically for the tournament.
Anthony Ireland and Ian Harvey appeared for the Southern Rocks, Doug Marillier for Mash Eagles, Andy Blignaut for Matabeleland Tuskers, Greg Smith for the Mountaineers and Darren Stevens and Ollie Rayner for Kwekwe’s MidWest Rhinos.
After nine days of exciting cricket, the final was played between Mountaineers and Mash Eagles. Mountaineers beat Mash Eagles in magnificent style by nine wickets.
After bowling their vaunted opponents out for a mere 105 runs, they romped to victory on the back of outstanding innings by the two renowned internationals and former schoolmates, Hamilton Masakadza and Tatenda Taibu.
The final day saw 7500 spectators walking through the gates at Harare Sports Club, an unprecedented number in over a hundred years of cricket in Zimbabwe.
So successful was the inaugural competition that a second series was staged in November.
The again huge crowd at Harare Sports Club witnessed a thrilling final between Mash Eagles - who had just fell short of the title in the first edition- and underdogs Mid West Rhinos.
The match swung one way and then the other, with the result in doubt until the final ball.
The hero in the end was Andrew Hall, who followed a fine innings with some superb death bowling that proved too much for Rhinos. Mash Eagles beat Mid West Rhinos by one run for the title.
Mountaineers, which had dominated the first edition of the Stanbic Bank Pro20 fell to the bottom of the log.