Tuskers not getting carried away

HARARE - Matebeleland Tuskers captain Godwill Mamhiyo says his team is staying focused despite a promising start to Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket season.

The Bulawayo franchise, with 18 points, maintained a five-point gap between them and second-placed Mashonaland Eagles at the top of the Pro50 Championship with a 35-run win over Midwest Rhinos in Bulawayo at the weekend.

Defending Pro50 champions Manicaland Mountaineers are currently in third place with nine points while Midwest languish at the bottom of the table on four points.

This morning, Tuskers meet Mountaineers away at Mutare Sports Club while Rhinos host the Eagles in Kwekwe.

“We are not getting carried away at this moment in time by being on top of the table because it’s still early days yet, still plenty to play for,”Mamhiyo told the Daily News from Mutare yesterday.

“A couple of wins, a couple of defeats can still change the complexion of the table so we are happy to take each game as it comes.”

The 22-year-old middle order batsman, who can also bowl off-spin, said he was satisfied with his role at the team. Mamhiyo is hopeful today’s match will produce a result despite the overcast conditions being experienced in most parts of the country.

“I’m happy with the performance of the team at the moment, my role has changed countless times but the important aspect is that we have been doing well lately,” he said.

“The pitch looks okay, but also there also high chances of a downpour. We will see what the pitch holds in the morning before we can come up with a squad for tomorrow’s (today) match.”

Meanwhile, Tuskers and Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Williams says he was far from being impressed with his domestic performance despite scoring double figures with the bat, and also taking wickets.

Williams picked three wickets for 42 runs from 9.5 overs going at 4.27 runs an over after scoring 48 runs in Tuskers’ 35-run win over Rhinos in Bulawayo on Saturday.

“I’m just trying to turn those 40s into hundreds and with the ball; the last two games have been very expensive,” said Williams.

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