Midwest chief welcomes Grant Flower

HARARE - Midwest Rhinos chief executive Kenyon Ziehl believes the arrival of former Zimbabwe Test star Grant Flower at Kwekwe Sports Club will end the franchise’s three-year barren spell.

Flower, who is also the Zimbabwe national side batting coach, has been appointed Rhinos coach to replace the former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie.  

Gillespie left for English County Championship side Yorkshire a few games before the Zimbabwean domestic league ended last season.

Ziehl says the exposure of Midwest players to both Gillespie and Flower’s expertise gives the franchise “the best of both worlds.”

Gillespie was a seam and yorking maestro while Flower was a commanding right-handed batsman who could also bowl useful off spin.

“Jason was a bowler of repute and (emerging Zimbabwe seam bowler) Richard Muzhange, one of the franchise’s products in recent times, was groomed by him.

“It will be good to see Grant contribute with the bat, he was a fine batsman during his time,” Ziehl told the Daily News.

“Some phenomenal efforts have been put in the last three years and we believe this year we will put some silverware in the cabinet, our girls have scored a first by bagging two championships this year, including one in Botswana and I guess the boys will not be happy with being the franchise’s laughing stock.”

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