Zhuwao committed to Mash Eagles

HARARE - Despite having a poor 2014/15 season with the bat, Cephas Zhuwao remains committed to the Harare-based franchise this coming season.

The left-handed batsman is currently making waves in the United Kingdom where he is playing Division A cricket for Budleigh Salteron’s in the Devon Cricket League.

The Glen View bred cricketer last Saturday scored his first century in just four matches with an unbeaten159 off 103 that was laced with 12 boundaries and 14 maximums against Bideford.

Budleigh closed on 296 for the loss of five wickets in 39 overs, after the game was reduced to 39 overs due to rain and restricted Bideford to 233-7 to register a 63-run victory.

In his short stint at the Ottermouth Club, Zhuwao has scored two half tons, 88 (79 balls), 56 (43) and 35 (54).

His form in Devon Cricket League is a major contrast to his game last season with Mash Eagles.

He played seven Pro 50 Championship matches scoring a total 96 runs at an average of 13.71. His highest score was only 31.

Zhuwao told the Daily News from UK yesterday that he is scoring a lot of runs because he is enjoying a lot of freedom with Budleigh.

“I would say I’m enjoying my game at this juncture. Here I’m playing with a lot of freedom as opposed to when I’m at home,” he said.

“When I’m home, I’m subjected to a certain way of playing largely premeditated by my coaches’ game plan.

“If you also noticed my contract status in the just ended season, I wasn’t a contracted player. I was only on an earn-as-you-play contract.

“Such an arrangement isn’t really proper for someone who lives his entire life as a professional cricketer.

Zhuwao added: “This obviously had an impact of my game but I love the game, cricket is my life which is why I had to endure the whole season.

“I’m still loyal to my home franchise and just hope this time I may be given a season-long contract but whichever way it goes, I will still take to the field in that famous orange strip even without a contract.”

On Saturday against Bideford, he scored nine maximums in succession which left the opponent captain James Ford a perplexed.

“I have played Devon League cricket for 27 years and haven’t seen an innings like Zhuwao’s. It was absolutely brutal- some of the biggest sixes seen at Westward Ho!” Ford told the Devon Cricket website.

“We had a rain break then had to go back out and bowl 2.5 overs in which he went from 91 to 157. It was an innings of pure class and one I have never seen in the Devon League.

“Hitting nine sixes in a row, clean as a whistle takes some doing. He is a very special cricketer.”

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