Domestic cricket matches back on

HARARE - Domestic franchise Pro 50 Championship matches are now back on track after the cricket teams finally made their trips yesterday to Kwekwe and Bulawayo respectively.

Harare-based Mashonaland Eagles finally travelled to Bulawayo to face Matabeleland Tuskers this morning after Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) finally availed the players’ allowances for the week-long trip.

Likewise, Mutare-based Mountaineers also made their journey to Kwekwe to face Mid West Rhinos after the players had been paid their allowances for the trip.

The two teams were initially scheduled to travel to their respective match venues on Friday with the matches set to start yesterday.

But the cash-strapped ZC could not make the allowances available in time for the two teams to leave their respective bases on time.

The two matches are now set to start this morning while the country’s premier first-class competition the Logan Cup matches will commence on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Mid West Rhinos coach, Adam Chifo, who is still looking for his side’s first Pro 50 championship victory, is optimistic that the return of national team players from the shambolic tour of Bangladesh will boost the team’s chances of winning today.

The national team was walloped across the two formats by host Bangladesh. Zimbabwe lost the Test series 0-3 before going down 0-5 in the One-Day International series.

“We have been so close but our batting has let us down quite often,” Chifo told the Daily News on Sunday.

“We have been working on our shortcomings but it’s a process and not an event. We are however, confident that the presence of PJ Moor and Neville Madziva from national duty as well as the coming on board of Prince Masvaure, who has been concentrating mainly on the four-day format will help the team in our quest for the maiden victory in the limited overs game.”

Their counterparts from Mutare have decided not to temper with the team that has been doing duty while the national team were in Bangladesh did not travel to Kwekwe.

In another Pro 50 encounter, log leaders Tuskers host Mashonaland Eagles, who are in second place.

Tuskers have 10 points from two matches, Eagles sits on five points from the same number of games while Mountaineers and Rhinos have four and zero points respectively.

Just like Mountaineers, Mash Eagles have not included any of the players who were on duty in Bangladesh in their squad.

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