Churchill win CABS T20

HARARE - Churchill High School ended South African schools’ hegemony on the CABS T20 Tournament after winning the three-day event at St George’s College on Sunday.

For the past five years, visiting South African teams had completely dominated the event winning it on all five previous occasions.

The Harare-based school prevailed in the final after edging Falcon College by just a single run.

Falcon, who are coached by former Zimbabwe international Gavin Ewing, won the toss and elected to put in Churchill to bat first.

Churchill posted a meagre 95-7 in their allotted 20 overs and it looked like Falcon, who also lost last year’s final to St Benedict’s of South Africa, would reach the target.

But in a dramatic climax to the match, the Falcon batsmen crumbled under pressure as they failed to reach the total after they could only get one run from the last delivery.

Falcon needed three runs to win or at least two to draw the match and take the final into a super over.

Churchill coach Johnson Marumisa, was pleased with the triumph.

“It’s a good feeling and we actually deserved to win given the quality of our preparations that we went through prior to the CABS T20 tournament,” Marumisa said.

“It’s a big boost for Churchill cricket and something that has always been my goal after taking over as the head coach.

“Being a former Churchill schoolboy my goal has always been to revive the game at this school and bring it back to the standards of the Taibus, Masakadzas, Matsikenyeris and Sibandas era; that kind of standards that made us tick.”

Playing in Group C, Churchill beat Peterhouse by eight wickets, lost to St Benedict’s by three runs before an 86-run tie against Hellenics.

In the knockout stages, the Bulldogs were pitted against archrivals Prince Edward School, who had won Group B.

Churchill won the quarter-final by seven wickets after chasing down an imposing target of 149 runs.

In the semi-finals, Churchill dismissed hosts St George’s by seven wickets after restricting the Saints to 78 runs all out while Falcon knocked out St Benedict’s in the other semi-final.

The icing on the cake for Churchill was the selection of wicketkeeper/batsman Clive Madande for a scholarship to attend South Africa’s St Charles.

Madande will be joining Zimbabwe U19 spinner Wesley Madhevere, who was also given a scholarship by the same school.

Madhevere is currently away in Australia with the U19 squad as they prepare for the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand.

“Clive will be leaving tomorrow for his new base in South Africa. The school seems to have an eye towards Churchill players after they snapped Madhevere earlier,” Marumisa said.

“This is a huge development for the two lads and massive motivation for every other cricketer regardless of which school they are from, many thanks to St Charles for their wonderful gesture, to St George’s College for hosting a good tournament and to the sponsors for bankrolling the event.”

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