Tuskers unfazed by Mash Eagles

HARARE - Matabeleland Tuskers are confident of defeating Mashonaland Eagles today to clinch their first domestic cricket Pro 50 title at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Tuskers will be aiming to win the double, having already won the country’s premier first class competition, the Logan Cup.

The two teams from the country’s biggest franchises in terms of administration and player base will be meeting for the second time at the same venue inside a week.

In Tuesday’s Pro 50 last group stage match, Tuskers beat Mash Eagles by 74 runs but the latter booked their place into the final after Mid West Rhinos lost to Mountaineers.

Mutare-based Mountaineers would have made it into today’s final had they beaten Rhinos.

Tuskers’ head coach Wayne James is confident his team will walk away victorious.

“We were in the final before but failed to win, it will be a very tough encounter but we are very focused on the match and we will try to achieve a double,” James told the Daily News yesterday.

Tuskers will be boosted by the presence of all-rounders Sean Williams and Tawanda Mupariwa, who are back from an unsuccessful Cricket World Cup campaign with Zimbabwe.

“It is a massive boost to have players of such quality being available for selection; they will certainly add depth and strength to the side,” said James.

“We haven’t made a point of analysing the opposition in the matches that we have played this season. We concentrate on our game and as such we are not about who the Eagles will field tomorrow (today).”

On the other hand, Mash Eagles will also parade three players who were at the World Cup.

These are Chamu Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva.

Brendan Taylor has asked to be excused as he sorts out his work permit after signing for English County side Nottinghamshire, Elton Chigumbura remains injured while Prosper Utseya has been rested.

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