Belters, bunnies, blobs, bump balls and beamers – a list of some of the “things cricket” forming part of the action at the ongoing 20/20 cricket tournament at St George’s College in Harare.
St George’s stunned Kingswood of South Africa on Saturday morning setting a total of 172/5 before bowling them out for 68 in 16.5 overs. It is perfomances of this kind that have former Zimbabwe international Heath Streak believing that Zimbabwe can rise up the cricket rankings again.
“With the ability and talent at this tournament Zimbabwe can definitely relive its cricketing glory days,” Streak told Frontrowzim.com in an interview at St George’s College. Streak admitted though that Zimbabwe Cricket will have to come up with incentives to keep the young talent at home as most of them don’t stay after school.
Streak, who has just taken on a new job as cricket coach at his old school, Falcon College (in Esigodini), stresses that are they in Harare to play cricket, but they are not underestimating any of their opposition. St George’s College headmaster, Kevin Atkinson also believes that the underdogs are not underdogs any more. Listen to his interview below.
To the list of “things cricket” mentioned earlier, one can also add “beautiful tents” – these are occupied by sponsors who have made the 10th edition of the tourney a possibility and a success. All 12 teams taking part at the tourney have been dressed for the event by these sponsors. David White and Simba Murodzi from Over Night Express said their involvement as a sponsor is mainly to do with giving back to the community and in the process help in the development of future Zimbabwean international players.
Kieran Torr from Krost Shelving echoed the same sentiments as Over Night Express. “It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to Zimbabwe cricket like we do, when the weight of the cost is shared with other corporates we easily move forward,” Torr told Frontrowzim.com.
See some of the tournament sponsors on the next page.