Glen View 1 win T20 tourney

HARARE - Glen View 1 High School turned a new page in their cricket history when they stunned hosts Glen View 2 High to lift the inaugural Schools Twenty20 tournament held recently.

Glen View 1, who do not have a cricket pitch at their school or a coach, chased down a total of 122 set by the host with sheer class of aggression led by team captain, Tatenda Muchairi.

The left-handed batsman displayed magnificent shots to put his side in control and by the time he departed the damage had already been done.

Muchairi, a lower-sixth student, was named man-of-the-match for the final and walked away with a personal shield, kit and a certificate.

“What made the difference for me is the fact that I’m focused and I practise well. Maximum concentration during the game also helped me,” Muchairi told the Daily News.

“We do not play cricket that much at school, we really don’t practice much because we don’t have a coach so we just train by ourselves but it’s a good feeling to beat a side that practises on a regular basis.”

Man-of-the-tournament Nigel Chisetera from Glen View 2 paid tribute to his coach George Tandi for helping shape his game.

Tandi was the first recipient of the then Zimbabwe Cricket Union scholarship to learn at Prince Edward School.

“I managed to play well and I just want to give thanks to my coach George Tandi who is one of the coaches who coached me when I was young,” said Chisetera.

“I wish I would do the same, keep on dreaming big and doing my best in life. I was trying to bat long, that was my secret. Just wanted to hit the ball straight, look for gapes and score runs.”

The other schools which took part in the Twenty20 tournament include Glen View 3, who finished in third place while fourth-place went to Mufakose 1 High and Mufakose 2 High School, who took the wooden spoon.

Arguably the most exciting team of the tournament was Mufakose High 1 in their trademark green bottoms and white strips.

They kept the fans captivated with their unique “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant each time they picked a wicket.

Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman Enock Ikope said he was impressed with the talent on display at the tournament.

“I was very much impressed especially by the fact that we have got Glen View 3 High, I think this is their first year to play cricket and they finished in third place,” Ikope said.

“I was also equally impressed by the winners. They don’t have an external coach; they are being coached by teachers. This is a very good example that has been set that teachers can also play a pivotal role in helping to develop cricket.

“As for the organisation, it was a perfect tournament according to our standards and I’m happy that they managed to at least give out kit especially to those schools that didn’t possess kit.

Tournament organiser Leonard Nhamburo said: “The tournament was a success. We didn’t expect such response from the schools. The players played some good cricket all-round and next year we are hoping for something bigger.”

 

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