Lewis wins 2nd CBL Pool title

HARARE - A change in location and surname ensured that Obedience Lewis grabbed his second Carling Black Label (CBL) National Pool Finals in the men’s category at Manicaland Motoring Club over the weekend.

In the women’s section, it was Bulawayo’s Priscilla Chisoro who silenced all the women that came in their numbers to win the title.

The Chitungwiza-based Lewis, who was the master of the pool tables three years ago in Zvishavane entered this year’s competition on an Epworth ticket, a dormitory town located about 12 kilometres South-east of the Capital, Harare.

A new location also meant a new surname for the 25-year-old who in 2014 used Nyaumwe while representing Chitungwiza where he stunned Bulawayo’s Paul Mutize 2-0 at Kubatana Bar in Zvishavane.

On Saturday, he repeated the same heroics when he beat Paul Taderera 2-0 in the final while Gift Mutimwi accounted for Benjamin Mabhugu in the third place play-off.

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“I’m delighted to win my second CBL National Pool finals, it was a tough competition with a more quality opposition this time around but I thank God for guiding me all the way,” Lewis said.

“$1 000 is quite a substantial amount and I think I will venture into chicken farming with the proceeds that I got for winning the games.

“We are always thankful to have such sponsors as Delta through their CBL brand but it is our humble plea as players that it will do us a lot of good if the prize money can be reviewed upwards.”

In the women’s finals, 31-year-old Chisoro came from a game down to beat Emma Chirebvu 2-1 while Carol Dube also from Bulawayo claimed bronze after dismissing Someya Mlauzi by the same score-line in the third place play-off.

For their efforts both category winners Lewis and Chisoro walked away with $1 000 each, three cases of CBL and a pool cue stick.

The first runners-up pocketed $600, a cue stick and two CBL cases while number three and four received $300, a case of CBL, T-shirt and cap and $200, case of CBL as well as T-shirt and cap respectively.

There were also prizes for the numbers five to eight who were given $100 each.

Delta Beverages marketing manager Patricia Murambinda spoke highly of their decade-long partnership with the local pool league.

“Delta Beverages, through its Carling Black Label brand has contributed tremendously to the development of pool in Zimbabwe. We have players who have benefited immensely from this sponsorship of pool...,” Murambinda said.

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