UK-based cricketer sponsors Rocview

HARARE - Rocview Cricket Academy’s Twenty20 tournament set for Prince Edward School will be bankrolled to the tune of $3 000 by United Kingdom-based ex-club cricketer Blessing Zikhali.

The 10-team limited overs event featuring Under-13 sides will see rising junior cricket powerhouse St Aidens from Chitungwiza trying to defend their title.

Other teams set to participate include the hosts Rocview and primary schools Widdicombe, North Park, Zengeza 4, Alfred Bait and Mhizha.

Cricket academies Buffaloes, Incubator, Nortonians and Ramah will also be taking part in the tournament.

The event will be held in memory of Zikhali’s two-week-old daughter Jade, who sadly passed away on September 11.

Rocview technical and development head, Leonard Nhamburo said they are looking forward to intense competition associated with the tournament for the past six years.

“We are kicking for sure; this will be the sixth year that we have been running this junior cricket development initiative and it should manifest itself in the level of competition and organisation of the games,” Nhamburo told the Daily News yesterday.

“We are also proud of the fact that this time around, Rocview will field two teams for the first time which basically proves how the kids are taking up sport at an early age, we can only get better.

“We are grateful to our sponsor Zikhali who has ensured the games go ahead this year given the current economic hardships.”

Zikhali honed his cricket skills while still at Lord Malvern High before going on to play for Bionic Colts, which was the first all-black First Class side in Zimbabwe. The Bionic Colts later transformed into the modern day Takashinga Cricket Club.

During his playing days, he was an off spinner and was selected to represent Mashonaland Province on several occasions.

“During school holidays I played cricket at Eagles, a development club which was based at the Harare Show Grounds,” Zikhali said.

“I also attended Fawns trials with the likes of Grant Flower when I was 14. In the UK I have played cricket for Folkestone Cricket Club and Hickley Town Cricket Club. I represented both clubs when they were in the Premier League.

“In order to attain success, development from an early age is key in any sporting discipline. I experienced this (early development) during my cricket career, which led to my success as one of the best off spinners in Zimbabwe during my time.”

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