2 SA sides for CABS T20 Tournament

HARARE - Two South African sides are scheduled to take part in the CABS T20 Tournament to be held at St George’s College in Harare starting tomorrow.

The three-day Twenty20 extravaganza running under the banner “Smashing Cricket” is set to feature St Benedict’s from Johannesburg, who arrived in the capital yesterday, and St Charles from Pietermaritzburg, who are set to arrive today.

St George’s College sports director Mini Macdonald said the teams from across the Limpopo have always given local sides strong competition and is looking forward to the rivalry continuing this year.

“We are having 12 teams participating from Friday (tomorrow) made of two South African sides and 10 local sides and we are having Gateway School as the newest members joining us for the first time in this competition,” Macdonald told the Daily News.

“St Benedict’s from SA have arrived and so did CBC from Bulawayo. We normally have four to five SA sides but the school dates there have changed which unfortunately knocks of some of the SA sides.

“This gives the local teams a chance to claim the mettle because in the last four to five years no local team has won the competition.

“It’s been quite a difficult experience but good in the sense that it raises the standard of the game here.”

Macdonald said other sides have been having warm-up games since Monday to prepare for the tournament.

“We are slowly getting there, we are on course as usual and all in all we do have a rest day tomorrow and it’s unfortunate that the other sides that did not get here earlier won’t have an opportunity to go through their warm-up games,”  he said.

“The only problem we have is that we won’t be having our Zimbabwe U19 players who are currently touring Australia which weakens other local sides who might be having some of their top players on national duty.

“But in hindsight this also gives an opportunity for some of the weaker sides to be competitive so we are pretty much ready; we just putting the final touches with regards to the hosting of the tournament.

“We have had very good sponsors this time and we just hope that we are also going to have some very good support during the games.”

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