Falcon, Vale, George’s, John’s, Milton and Kyle Post Wins

Eaglesvale secured a 21 run win over Hellenic Academy in a cricket match played at the Gleneagles school on Saturday 18 January.

Having set a lowly target of 109 Eaglesvale had an uphill task of containing Hellenic’s batting attack. Rugare Magarira however made light work of the task with ball in hand posting figures of 4/18 of his 42 deliveries. Hellenic never really got things going as they lost their opening batsmen for 5 with the last of the duo departing in the fourth over . Despite the disappointing loss, Moses Chitare – Hellenic coach should rejoice in Stuart Price who induced some decency into his team’s innings with a well deserved 22 off 45 balls on his d├ębut for the Academy’s 1st team.

Hellenic skipper who was the best baller on the day taking six wickets didn’t do so well with the stick, being dismissed by his counterpart – Eaglesvale Skipper, Hilbert Muchatibaya – after having added only one run to the scoreboard. The McCann brothers, Josh and Ben, batting at 10 and 11 respectively were well on their way to win for Hellenic but Eaglesvale’s Ian Hungwe picked Ben’s off-stump, dismissing Hellenic for 88.

Earlier in the first innings only Eaglesvale’s opening batsmen had managed to get double figures with the bat. Skipper Muchatibaya scored 24 while Mudzengi top scored with 37 of 112 deliveries. The other nine batsmen contributed 19 runs combined for Eaglesvale but Hellenic gave away lots of extras.

A delighted Hilbert Muchatibaya spoke to SSN after the game. “I’m happy we defended our low total well. Everyone kept their focus and discipline. We never relaxed a bit during the game,” said the skipper.

Across town in Rolf Valley, St John’s College wrecked havoc against Churchill. Shane Snater picked 6 wickets for 13 runs in 7 overs as Churchill was all out for 72. Ed Byrom and Nick Welch only needed 8 overs to reach the total, setting up St John’s for 10 wicket victory over Churchill. Due to an early finish the teams agreed to play a 25 over match which Churchill lost again. St Johns winning by 141 runs this time.

Not very far from Rolf Valley, at St George’s, Zimbabwe’s oldest high schools where at it. Prince Edward were at the mercy of St George’s College as they lost by 43 runs. Jeremy Ives top scored for St George’s College with 72 runs.

Down south in Matebeleland, Falcon College registered a 9 wicket victory over Christian Brothers College while Petra High School suffered a 104 run loss at the hands of Milton High School.

Kyle College also picked up a win against Gateway. The Harare school was bowled out for 73 runs before Kyle went in chase. The Masvingo lads reached the score in 16.2 overs to win by four wickets.

The 2014 cricket season looks set to be an interesting one, with previously weak teams putting their hands up for a piece of the “glory cake”. Having toured South Africa during the pre-season the St John’s College squad will not make for easy games against whoever they play this season.

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