Bumper Xmas for Dube

HARARE - Chinotimba Primary School pupil Bujtilo Dube received an early Christmas present after starring during the A and J Construction Matabeleland North Primary Schools Cricket tournament held at Baobab Primary School in Victoria Falls.

The Grade Six pupil illuminated the six-team tournament resulting in him receiving a cash prize of $200 from Tanajane Investments and $100 from Zambezi Crocodile Farm.

Dube also walked away with cricket equipment worth $150 from Victoria Falls Hotel while Edgars weighed in with a shopping voucher for $50.

“I’m grateful to the sponsors and organisers of this tournament for according us the opportunity to showcase our talent on the field on a yearly basis since 2012 and it is my only hope that these games will always be a permanent feature on the Victoria Falls Primary Schools cricket calendar,” Dube said after receiving his man-of-the-tournament gong.

“Of course in any competition there has to be one player who stands head and shoulders above the rest because in a team sport like ours it’s always team effort that carries the day.

“If I have my own way of dealing with the prize money, I would very much love to share it with my teammates but I’m just a minor and will present the awards as a perfect Christmas gifts for my parents who have always been very supportive of my cricket activities.”

The fifth edition of the tournament saw defending champions and eventual winners Chemabundo, losing finalists Chinotimba and hosts Baobab also taking part.

Midlands Cricket Association secretary-general John Makuwalo and Victoria Falls national cricket board member Elisha Kandi graced the tournament.

Tournament organiser and Tanajane director Alois Masamba assured the schools of their continued support towards the development of grassroots cricket in the resort town in years to come.

“The whole idea of this tournament is to develop cricket at grassroots level as well as to reward the players doing duty on the field and by so doing we won’t have any problems in reaching out to the parents to release their children to play sport,” Masamba said.

“Fifteen players went home with grocery hampers from Seven to 11 while we also picked 20 best players from this tournament who are set to tour South Africa, Zambia and Namibia next year.”

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