Sharks targets Muzvezve upset

HARARE - Zimbabwe Premier League (ZPL) log leaders Rainbow Sharks entertain Midlands side Muzvezve Tigers in a club cricket 40-overs top-of-the-table clash at Old Hararians Sports Club this Saturday.

The Harare Vigne Cup champions are on top of the eight-team league with 14 points, one ahead of Muzvezve and both teams are yet to taste defeat heading into the fourth match.

Masvingo’s Southern Lions are a distant third with eight. The two Takashinga teams, Patriots 1 and 2 are both on five points and separated by a net run rate in their respective fourth and fifth places.

Bulawayo Metro’s Amakhosi and Eastern Lions  — combined Manicaland and Mashonaland East — sit in sixth and seventh positions with four points apiece while Inkatha from Matebeleland North are rooted at the bottom of the table with zero points.

The ZPL is the country’s premier national club cricket competition formerly the National League which was only resuscitated last month.

Sharks vice -captain and co-founder Robertson Chinyengetere is hopeful that good times will continue to roll for his side.

“Obviously, we are the team to beat this season as evidenced by the results of the first three matches that we have played so far,” Chinyengetere told the Daily News.

“We have managed to beat Takashinga back to back and we are looking forward to the game against Muzvezve on Saturday.

“It’s been a concerted effort from all the departments — batting, bowling and fielding and crucially we are aiming to be the best club in the country that’s the target we have set ourselves for this campaign.

“But Muzvezve are a good side and are certainly no push overs. They have lots of talented youngsters and it’s going to be an exciting encounter because we have both not lost a match this season.”

Rainbow batsmen Brighton Njanji and Tinofara Mafusire lead the batting pack in number one and two respectively with 164 and 148 runs from three matches, both having scored two half centuries apiece.

Zimbabwe Cricket head of cricket affairs Givemore Makoni describes ZPL as an important vehicle in the development of the game.

“ZPL is a very important competition involving Zimbabwe’s top clubs fighting it out for the national honours,” Makoni said.

“It’s top-notch cricket competition with all national team players (not on national duty) expected to turn out for clubs in the league.

“This means youngsters will get the chance to play with and against experienced international players, which will quickly bring them through.”