By Anashe Murombedzi
LOCAL cricket teams are raring to go ahead of the domestic T20 tournament which gets underway this Thursday in Harare.
It will be a seven day fiesta starting this Thursday when the domestic T20 cricket tournament kicks off at Harare Sports Club and the Old Hararians.
The battle for honours is expected to be intense with Southern Rocks, Alliance Health Eagles, Black Rhinos and Mountaineers bullish ahead of the tournament.
“We are just coming out of a disappointing final in the pro Fifty we lost to Mountaineers so hopefully the guys will be strong enough to win the T20 Cup,” said Shepherd Makunura, Southern Rocks Coach.
“We had a long season with the pro Fifty over so it’s just a matter of adjusting to the T20 format of the game so we had a couple of practice so we are looking forward to gain good momentum,” noted Stewart Matsikenyere, Health Eagles Coach.
“Our biggest let down this season we didn’t do well in the Logan Cup so this is what we expect from every player to improve especially in catching hopefully going to the T20 will put that department in order,” said Walter Chawaguta, Black Rhinos Coach.
“We are ready for the T20 we previously had a T20 match against Eagles last week which we won and most of the guys are ready besides few injuries are not going to be a worry as most guys are fit,” said Steady Magoso, Mountaineers team manager.
Five provincial men and women’s teams will be in action with 26 games set to be played across two venues over a week.
The peak of the fixtures on the opening day this Thursday is a clash between Alliance Health Eagles Women and Tuskers Women at the Harare Sport’s club in the morning.
Rhinos Women have a date with Mountaineers Women at the Old Hararians Sports club on the same day.
In the afternoon, Mountaineers men’s side will play Alliance Health Eagles at Harare Sports Club, while Tuskers will be up against Rhinos at Old Hararians sports club.
The round robin T20 tournament will see two teams from each of the men and women’s pools proceeding to the final, while the third and fourth will clash in a third place play off.
By Anashe Murombedzi