St Aidens win Rocview tourney

HARARE - St Aidens bagged their third Rocview Cricket Academy (RCA) Under-13 Cricket Tournament after dismissing Zengeza 4 Primary by seven wickets in an eight-over final at Prince Edward School in Harare on Saturday.

They won their first championship at the inception of the tournament in 2013 and completed a successive double the following year before reclaiming it this year again.

In its fifth year running, the RCA tourney attracted a record 13 primary schools including Molife from Domboshawa, Shamva Primary, Runyararo (Masvingo), Manyame, Ruvheneko, North Park, Tangenhamo, Moffat, Gwinyai, Chembira, Zengeza 4, St Aidens as well as hosts Rocview.

RCA is a talent development vehicle based in Harare’s high density suburb of Glen View founded by passionate Zimbabwe Cricket development coaches and volunteer residents in the area including Leonard Nhumburo, national women cricket team assistant coach and ZC board member and Harare Metro Cricket Association (HMCA) board chairperson Enock Ikope.

The other founders are Brighton Mhembere and Tonderai Makoni (development coaches) and former development coach Mike Chisetera.

“It was a success with all the 12 teams in attendance. This edition being our fifth year-running and with more teams than the prior tournaments that meant more organising time and expenses,” Ikope told the Daily News.

“Besides that we managed to run the games smoothly without any major hiccups offering promised competition, entertainment and family outing.

“To the cricket fraternity, it was also an opportunity to identify talent for next year’s scholarship students and U14s.

“To our credit was valuable sponsorship from various stakeholders such as Infinity Sport from India, Maxi Sports and individuals the likes of Rajan Nayer (former ZC board member) who has the top prize sponsorship of the floating shield against his late father’s name.”

The event was graced by the provinces selection panellists, Mashonaland Eagles coach Stanley Timoni and his assistant Eric Chauluka, ZC national team players both ladies and male teams including seamer Taurai Muzarabani.

“Infinite Sport became this year’s major sponsor as most prizes and all tournament overheads were taken care by them,” Ikpope said.

“I would like to urge local corporates, individuals and parents to continue supporting such events as they will remain memorable and inspirational to our kids and credit to my teammates from the RCA board for working tirelessly towards the successful hosting of our fifth edition.”

St Aiden’s Tanaka Mudzori was voted man of the tournament while Rocview produced both batsman and bowler of the tournament courtesy of Leon Zhakata and Takudzwa Hove respectively.

Zhakata exited the games with 103 runs from four matches at an average of 25.75 runs per game while scoring a high score of 53 runs from 27 balls.

His counterpart Hove took nine wickets with best bowling figures of three wickets in two overs. Timoni explained why it is always necessary to attend such development initiatives.

“As you know that we have age group teams, it is my duty as the Eagles head coach to help development coaches in selecting upcoming youngsters since in a few years’ time they will also be playing for the main team,” he said.

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