Churchill got off to a terrific start at the Health International and Bon Marche sponsored Ram Slam T20 Tournament at St John’s College this afternoon, posting a massive eight wicket win against Peterhouse Boys in their opening game.
The 2014 edition of the annual tourney runs until Sunday afternoon when the winners will be crowned. Local schools taking part in the competition are Churchill, Falcon, Prince Edward, Peterhouse Boys, St George’s College and hosts, St John’s College. Two visiting South African schools from Kwazulu Natal – Michaelhouse and Hilton – are also competing for the Ram Slam title.
Michaelhouse seem determined to follow in the footsteps of fellow South African school, St Andrew’s College who won the Smashing Cricket title at St George’s earlier this month. The boys from Kwazulu Natal started off their campaign with a five wicket win over Falcon College. Michaelhouse Coach Dean Forward was impressed by his team’s performance and hopeful that his captain will lead from the front to take his team through: “An opening win takes away the pressure and creates a good platform for the weekend,” Forward told SSN in a post-match interview.
Harare’s two oldest boys’ schools, St George’s and Prince Edward, also featured in the first round of matches, with the Prince Edward earning a well-deserved 29 run win after setting a target of 156 runs. Cameron Wells was the top scorer for St George’s with 78 runs. but his stand was not enough to chase down Prince Edward’s team effort which was led by C. Masike who made 48 runs in his innings.
Churchill’s Brian Mudzinganyama was outstanding on Day One as he registered figures of 3 for 3 with the ball and top scored for his team with an unbeaten 34 runs. For his efforts, Mudzinganyama won two pizza vouchers courtesy of St Elmo’s Pizza.
Ram Slam continues throughout the weekend at St John’s College, Borrowdale, with eight teams battling it out for the trophy on Sunday with all fixtures, results, photos and news here on SSN.