Eagles target Pro 50 title

HARARE - Mashonaland Eagles coach Mufaro Chiturumani is confident that his franchise will win the domestic cricket Pro 50 final against Tuskers on Saturday.

The Harare-based franchise will travel to Bulawayo to face Tuskers at Queens Sports Club hoping to seal their second Pro 50 title.

“Obviously, one is always at a disadvantage playing away from home. We should have won our last encounter to get the licence to host,” Chiturumani told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have virtually no time for training because we are currently travelling back from Bulawayo, the players will rest tomorrow (today) and we travel back to Bulawayo on Friday (tomorrow).

“We are however, confident of mounting a serious challenge in the final because we have some of our players who were on national duty with the national team at the World Cup who are willing to play.

“So it will be pretty much a new look side with players such as Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza getting the nod to play in the final.”

Mash Eagles sneaked into the final after benefiting from Mountaineers’ slip up at home against Mid West Rhinos in Mutare on Tuesday.

The Mutare-based franchise needed to win against Rhinos to leap frog Mash Eagles into second place on the log but crumbled under pressure losing the match by three wickets.

Tuskers were the first team to book a final berth and Tuesday’s victory took their points tally to 31, while the Eagles finished second on 21 points.

Mountaineers’ season ended on 19 points while Rhinos anchored the bottom with just nine points from nine matches.

Meanwhile, Tuskers will be motivated by their recent Logan Cup title victory as well as home advantage heading into Saturday’s final.

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