The bowlers dominated day two of the Zimbabwe Cricket inter-franchise age-group tournaments on Friday, profiting from the overcast conditions that lingered throughout a day that was littered with low totals.
D. Mazhawidza (4/21) and M. Conolly (4/39) were the most impressive bowlers on display in the under-19 category, helping their teams to restrict the opposition to low totals.
Despite the lack of runs generally on the day, Brendan Sly continued in his rich vein of form, scoring 91 for his Fish Eagles team in a winning cause to add to his century yesterday.
Other noteworthy batting performances included a composed 72 run-knock by T. Chibvongodze for the Rhinos while B. Muzite showed a lot of resilience to score 62 for the Rocks despite finishing on the losing side.
Adam Keefe chipped in with 43 runs while Jonathan Campbell scored a quick-fire 43 off 37 balls to guide the Tuskers to a tense nine-run victory against Rocks.
In the under-16 category, Fish Eagles off-spinner Tafara Muzamhindo weaved his magic to produce a sublime bowling spell that saw him finishing with figures of four wickets four just five runs in six overs.
V. Phiri (53) and D. Phiri (50), both from the Fish Eagles, registered half-centuries to help their team claim a 94 run-win over Rhinos.
Saturday will be last day of the under-16 and under-19 tournaments, and the young cricketers will have one more opportunity to impress the selectors.
Results U19 Match Results Played at Eaglesvale School • Match 1: Rhinos versus Golden Eagles Toss won by Rhinos who elected to bat first Rhinos – 192 all out in 41.4 overs (T. Chibvongodze 72; T. Mundwa 4/23) Golden Eagles – 143 all out in 30.1 overs (T. Chiradza 50; D. Murwendo 3/36, T. Kapuya 3/26) Result: Rhinos won by 49 runs.
• Match 2: Mountaineers versus Fish Eagles Toss won by Fish Eagles who elected to bowl first Mountaineers – 98 all out in 36.3 overs (Mashinge 28; D. Mazhawidza 4/21, Magarira 3/12) Fish Eagles – 228 all out in 47.5 overs (B. Sly 91; M. Mangongo 3/29) Result: Fish Eagles allowed to bat all their overs since it was a trials match.
• Match 3: Tuskers versus Rocks Toss won by Rocks and elected to bowl first Tuskers – 222 all out in 49.3 overs (A. Keefe 43, Campbell 43; G. Jaya 3/29) Rocks – 213 all out in 48.5 overs (B. Muzite 62; M. Conolly 4/39) Result: Tuskers won by 9 runs.
Under-16 matches played at Old Hararians • Match 1: Fish Eagles versus Rocks Toss won by Fish Eagles who elected to bat first Fish Eagles – 185 all out in 48.2 overs (A. Hamid 40, N. Chisetera 33; Moyo 3/34, T. Mahala 3/35) Rocks – 83 all out in 29.3 overs (T. Makoni 24; T. Muzamhindo 4/5) Result: Fish Eagles won by 102 runs.
• Match 2: Rhinos versus Golden Eagles Toss won by Golden Eagles who elected to bat first Golden Eagles – 176 all out in 40.4 overs (V. Phiri 53, D. Phiri 50; T. Mahala 5/23, C. Makoni 3/28) Rhinos – 82 all out in 24.2 overs (T. Mahala 25; P. Parudo 3/4) Result: Golden Eagles won by 94 runs.
• Match 3: Tuskers versus Mountaineers (match played at Eaglesvale) Tuskers won the toss and elected to bat first Tuskers – 141 all out in 42.4 overs (D. Oldrieve 34; N. Brain 4/28) Mountaineers – 143 for 5 in 37.4 overs (Davies 62*, T. Judge 2/41) Result: Mountaineers won by 5 wickets.
The opening day of the Zimbabwe Cricket inter-franchise age-group tournaments on Thursday saw a high standard of play by the young cricketers, with some strong performances in both the batting and bowling departments.
Zimbabwe under-19 player Adam Keefe set the tournament alight with an unbeaten 109 runs to guide his Tuskers team to a three wicket win over the Golden Eagles. The Falcon College batsman bludgeoned the Golden Eagles bowling attack to all parts of the ground in his team’s run-chase and showed why he is highly regarded by the under-19 selectors in the country.
Saint Georges College scholar Brendon Sly also registered an unbeaten ton for his Fish Eagles team. Sly, who has also been part of the national under-19 squad in recent times, scored an authoritative 129 runs off 146 balls against the Rocks.
Fish Eagles batsman Wesley Madhevere recorded the only century of the opening day in the U16 category, in his side’s match against Mountaineers at Old Hararians Sports Club. The Seke 2 High School student was in a class of his own on his way to an aggressive 102 which contributed to his team’s massive 161-run win over Mountaineers.
Privilege Chesa of Churchill and Tafara Muzamhindo of Gateway both picked up five wicket hauls in tough batsman-friendly conditions. Muzamhindo finished with figures of six wickets for 23 runs, a performance that was chiefly responsible for restricting Mountaineers to 124 all out. Chesa also dismissed six of the Tuskers batsmen for 31 runs in his 10 overs.
Results Under-19 matches played at Eaglesvale School • Match 1: Rocks versus Fish Eagles Toss won by Southern Rocks who elected to bat first Southern Rocks – 86 all out (B. Muzite 24; P. Mazhawidza 2/10) Mashonaland Fish Eagles – 245 for 9 in 50 overs (B. Sly 129*, P. Madzore 54; S. Murombo 3/29, B. Chigova 2/10) Result: Mashonaland Fish Eagles allowed to bat all their overs since it was a trials match.
• Match 2: Tuskers versus Golden Eagles Toss won by Tuskers who elected to bowl first Golden Eagles – 257 all out in 48.5 overs (A. Jah 71; T. Nunu 3/32) Tuskers 263 for 7 in 47.5 overs (A. Keefe 109*, T. Nunu 35; M. Balfore 2/34, R. Jaure 2/53) Result: Tuskers won by 3 wickets.
• Match 3: Mountaineers versus Rhinos Toss won by Mountaineers who elected to bat first Mountaineers – 268 all out in 47.4 overs (A. Patel 93, Mashinge 51; T. Kapungu 4/19, W. Matau 2/43) Rhinos – 213 all out in 39.5 overs (Mavuta 70, P. Masocha 32*) Result: Mountaineers won by 55 runs.
U16 Matches played at Old Hararians Sports Club • Match 1: Fish Eagles versus Mountaineers Toss won by Fish Eagles who elected to bat first Fish Eagles – 285 for 8 in 50 overs (W. Madhevere 102; B. Naude 3/44) Mountaineers – 124 all out (A. Mawande 46; T. Muzamhindo 6/23) Result: Fish Eagles won by 161 runs.
• Match 2: Tuskers versus Golden Eagles Toss won by Tuskers who elected to bowl first Golden Eagles – 200 for 6 in 50 overs (C. Butler 42; T. Dzikiti 2/31) Tuskers – 119 all out (T. Mabhena 24, P. Chesa 6/31) Result: Golden Eagles won by 81 runs.
• Match 3: Rhinos versus Rocks (match played at Eaglesvale) Rhinos won the toss and elected to bowl first Rocks – 203 all out in 49.1 overs (T. Madembo 51, K. Murira 36; L. Mugunda 3/27, Murimbechi 2/12) Rhinos – 100 all out (R. Mukanguru 17*; T. Mangwana 2/10, N. Nungo 2/18) Result: Rocks won by 103 runs.
The best of the country’s young cricket talent is converging in Harare to take part in the annual Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) inter-franchise age-group tournaments.
The action gets underway on Thursday the 9th of April with the under-16 and under-19 tournaments, while the under-14 tournament will run from the 13th to the 15th of April.
The tournaments will be played at Eaglesvale School and the Old Hararians Sports Club.
The hosts, Mashonaland, will field two sides Golden Eagles and Fish Eagles, while the other franchises – Matebeleland Tuskers, Mid-West Rhinos and Mountaineers – have one team each. There is also a team comprising the best young players from the Masvingo and Matebeleland South provinces, which has been registered as Rocks.
The age-group tournaments are vital for the ZC development programme as they bring young cricketers together to hone their skills in a competitive environment. The tournaments are also aimed at facilitating life-skills, communication and interaction between learners from diverse backgrounds.
The top performers will be chosen to play for the national age-group teams.
The matches will begin at 9 o’clock in the morning every day, but the match between the Rocks and Rhinos under-16 sides scheduled for the Eaglesvale D field on the opening day will be delayed because of a soaked pitch.
Zimbabwe’s “greatest cricket fan” jetted her way to Australia last week, for a trip of a lifetime to the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.
Emirates flew Eteldreda “Etty” Sox, a retired banker, and her daughter Fadzai Sibiya to the final of the tournament on Sunday the 29th of March, after selecting her “selfie” photograph with former West Indies player Sir Curtly Ambrose as the best entry in a competition the airline ran to identify Zimbabwe’s greatest cricket fan.
Etty and Fadzai spent three nights at Melbourne’s Sheraton Hotel and toured the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where they met ICC Cricket World Cup officials and had their photograph taken with the trophy before the match.
When asked how she managed to get a picture with Sir Curtly and how it compared to winning the competition, Etty said that last year while at Sandton City in Johannesburg she noticed “this tall man walking past” and immediately recognised him as the famous West Indies cricket player.
“I ran after him like a mad person because I just had to get a selfie with him and could not resist this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I asked him for a selfie and he politely obliged. I was really touched by his humility. On the other side of it, without that selfie I wouldn't be going to watch the final with Emirates so I think they are both just as special!” she said.