Taylor set to join Mash Eagles

HARARE - Zimbabwe Test captain and Mid West Rhinos batsman Brendan Taylor is set to join Harare franchise Mashonaland Eagles, the Daily News has learnt.

Taylor is said to have made the choice to play for the Eagles because of family reasons.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper/ batsman made his List A debut 12 years ago turning out for Mashonaland during the Faith Wear Inter-Provincial One Day competition.

His team comprised of yesteryear greats such as Stuart Carlisle, Dion Ebrahim, Waddington Mwayenga, Tatenda Taibu and current national team bowling coach Douglas Hondo.

Stanley Timoni, Mashonaland Eagles assistant coach said Taylor would be an important addition to his side should the batsman get the clearance.

“We are still waiting for him to get cleared by the Cricket Committee, he didn’t practice with us today (yesterday) as he was training with the national team,” Timoni told the Daily News yesterday.

“He cited that his family is resident here in Harare and he wasn’t spending enough time with them when he is on national duty as well.

“To us it’s a massive inclusion in the side- who doesn’t want such an experience player in the squad?”

Taylor has been loyal to his Mid West Rhinos side since the franchise era which was introduced in 2010.

He has played 237 List A games to date and has scored 10 centuries and 41 half tons with an unbeaten 145 runs being his highest score.

He averages 32.52 in List A. In the First Class version, Taylor has amassed a total of 22 hundreds and 23 half centuries with a highest score of 217 and averaging 43.08.

Meanwhile, the domestic franchise league matches resume this morning at two venues after the Christmas break.

Mashonaland Eagles are back at Harare Sports Club from their adopted home ground Old Hararians which they have been using last year.

The third-placed Eagles host Matebeleland Tuskers who are on number two in a Pro 50 championship match while high-flying and log leaders Mountaineers entertain bottom placed Mid West Rhinos at Mutare Sports Club.

“We started preparing for this game a fortnight back and hopefully we will be a able to get positive results,” added Timoni.

“We are still in the running for the championship in both formats of the game because we haven’t yet reached the first round so it’s still a long way to go and plenty to play for.”

On Saturday Mash Eagles will be at home again against Mountaineers in the limited overs’ version while Mid West Rhinos travels to Bulawayo for a date with Matebeleland Tuskers.

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