Lamb joins Mountaineers

HARARE - Zimbabwe all-rounder Greg Lamb has joined Manicaland Mountaineers from Mashonaland Eagles ahead of the upcoming 2012/13 domestic cricket season.

The 31-year-old Lamb, who played on the English county circuit between 2001 and 2009, has captained the Harare-based franchise on stand-in basis since joining the side from the UK three seasons ago.

The gifted middle-order batsman and off spinner Lamb played for the Hampshire second X1 in 2001 before graduating into the senior team, helping his side lift the C & G Trophy in 2005 as well as contributing to the team’s runners-up finish that season.

Lamb, however, went through a lean spell in 2006. He regained his place briefly the following year before he was subsequently released by the English club in 2009.

On his return back home, the Harare-born star was immediately drafted into the Zimbabwe national side, although he has not been able to cement a regular place due to a combination of injury and loss of form.

Lamb was part of Eagles’ Coca-Cola Pro50 championship winning team last season and will be expected to boost the Mountaineers’ batting department.

“Greg will be with us this coming season and becomes our only new signing for the season,” Mountaineers coach Gary Brent told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have kept faith in the squad we had last season. We hope he will add more fire power to the batting line up that already has experienced players in the mould of Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Timycen Maruma and Kevin Kasuza just to mention a few.”

Mountaineers are the defending Stanbic Twenty20 champions, but Brent said he was not impressed by the team’s performance in the List A Pro50 championship as well as the country’s first-class competition, the Logan Cup.

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