Stanbic Stragglers Cricket tourney begins

HARARE – At least over 200 budding cricketers between ages of nine and 12 converged at St George’s College and Hartmann House for the annual Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe grassroots cricket development programme which kicked off on Monday.

The week-long cricket showcase, courtesy of a partnership between Stragglers Cricket Club and leading financial institution, Stanbic Bank, has a multi-pronged purpose of ensuring that the young boys take time off to blow off steam after a demanding second term of school while sharpening their cricketing skills under the watchful eye of some of Zimbabwe’s finest cricket talents.

The tourney is held annually during the August school holiday and Stanbic Bank has been sponsoring the event since 2006 as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Stanbic Bank’s head of marketing and communications Palmer Mugavha feels their marriage with Stragglers Cricket Festival is rewarding in so many ways.

“Every year we are encouraged to continue providing this learning platform for young cricket hopefuls. Stragglers is also a motivational tool and confidence booster especially for the boys who participate from the development sides like Bindura and Shamva” Mugavha said.

During the Festival, boys from high density areas such as Chitungwiza, Mabvuku, Highfield among others and elite schools mix and mingle, playing limited overs cricket while getting tips from some of the top cricket coaches and selected members of the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team.

Some of the country’s cricket legends past and present sharpened their talents through Stragglers, these include former captain and all-rounder Elton Chigumbura, P J Moor, Hamilton Masakadza and Craig Ervine.