Local schools gun for CABS T20

HARARE - Local schools are looking to end the dominance of their South African counterparts when the CABS T20 cricket tournament commences at St George’s College in Harare this morning.

A total of 12 teams will be vying for the coveted title over the next three days with 10 local schools going against two teams from South Africa — St Benedict’s and St Charles.

Since the tournament’s inception five years ago, schools from across the Limpopo have won the competition.

St Johns’ College first team head coach David Mutendera is banking on his side to deliver the goods and be the first local side to win the championship that has remained elusive in the last five seasons.

“We are well prepared; we had a good outing in two of our warm-up games where we managed to beat St Benedict’s from South Africa and Churchill which gives us some confidence getting into the tournament,” the former Zimbabwe international cricketer told the Daily News.

“The SA sides are quite competitive as usual but having beaten one of the sides by six wickets is a welcome development.

“We are not resting on our laurels though and our approach is that we won’t be fearing any side but respecting every opposition that we are to play against. I’m very confident though that the young team has got what it takes to take the trophy home.”

Churchill coach Johnson Maruma, who boasts of a star-studded side that includes captain Privilege Chesa, wicketkeeper/batsman Clive Madande, Ashton Chibvure and strike bowler Munashe Chipara, is happy with his team’s build-up to the tournament.

“Our preparations have been good. We played 10 games against domestic cricket clubs playing in the Vigne Cup League and won nine, losing just one game, so I think the boys are in good shape and only waiting to demonstrate their skills on the field,” Marumisa, who represented Zimbabwe at the first ICC World T20 in 2007, said.

“Everyone is fit, no injury concerns but just like with every other competition what’s key is to take it one game at a time. We are focused and determined to reach the finals and possibly bag the trophy but we don’t want to look to far ahead; one step at a time.”

St George’s College sports director Mini Macdonald is happy with the competitiveness the South African schools brig to the tournament.

“It’s been quite a difficult experience (playing against SA sides) but good in the sense that it raises the standard of the game here,” Macdonald said.

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