THE ST JOHN’S College Twenty20 cricket festival gets underway tomorrow, the 28th of September, with eight teams from in and out of Zimbabwe battling for honours during the three day long cricket tourney.
Peterhouse College, who are on a high following their comprehensive run in the St George’s College T20, will be one of the favourites to continue their T20 dominance on the schools scene. The side will be looking up to big-hitting Ryan Burl for inspiration when they troop onto the field aiming for more silverware. House have been placed in Pool B, alongside hosts St John’s College who themselves are not shot in talent.
St John’s boasts of the Zimbabwe Under-19 duo of Malcolm Lake in the batting department and Kieran Geyle in the bowling department. Both men proved their pedigree at the ICC Under 19 World Cup Cricket Tournament held in Australia last month. Lake was the toast for Chris Harris’ teenagers, smashing a memorable 118 runs leaving his team just 64 shy of a victory against India. Malcom Lake’s century which was however in a losing cause was the fifth highest individual score in the entire tournament.
Falcon College and South Africa’s Michael House who will also line up in Pool B are sure not to be intimidated in the shortest version of the game.
Pool A appears to be the ‘Group of Death’ with three Harare giants in the form of Churchill, Prince Edward and St George’s College set to clash.The rivalry between the Harare sides always produces unpredictable results and there will be no guessing that their matches will go to the wire. South Africa’s St Andrews College completes the cast of schools in Pool A. The tournament is being sponsored by Bon Marche and Health International.