Stanbic Stragglers U12 tourney gets kicks off

HARARE - The Stanbic Bank sponsored Stragglers Junior Cricket tournament gets underway tomorrow with over 400 under 12 cricketers expected to participate at the games to be hosted by Hartmann House and St George’s College in Harare.

The tournament which is an annual event seeks to nurture talent at a tender age while at the same time providing an entertainment platform for cricket lovers.

It is a permanent feature during the August school holidays and this year’s edition will run from tomorrow till Friday.

Stanbic head of marketing and corporate affairs Palmer Mugavha is optimistic the children will enjoy themselves during the week-long event apart from developing their skills.

“We are humbled to play our part in developing cricket talent especially working with young children from cricket development areas,” Mugavha said.

“The week-long event brings together children from all walks of life and it is always pleasing to see them interact and have fun while at the same time horning their talents.”

This year’s tournament is set to feature cricketers from development areas on a rotational basis so as to reach out to as many players as possible and these include Mabvuku, Highfield, Glen View, Shamva,

Bindura and Chitungwiza.

The limited overs itinerary will see Grade 4 and 5 pupils taking to the field in the morning while the seniors play in the afternoon — the players will be rotated in order to give every player equal opportunity to bat and bowl.

“Stanbic Bank is cognisant of the fact that Zimbabwe’s future lies in the youths hence apart from sponsoring sporting activities such as Stragglers we also give scholarships to well deserving underprivileged young people to help them shape not only their future but that of the country as well,” Mugavha added.

“By sponsoring Stragglers, we are touching the lives of a cross section of young people, some who are better off but especially those who come from economically challenged backgrounds and we saw it fit to use sport as a vehicle to bring them together.”

Last year senior national team players such as batsmen Hamilton

Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda as well as former head coach Dav Whatmore also had time to watch the kids in action at Hartmann House.

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