Lady cricketers to play in male tourney

HARARE - Two Zimbabwe international female cricketers Modester Mupachikwa and Audrey Mazvishaya are set to take part in the inaugural Glen View High School Boys’ Twenty20 Festival which starts tomorrow.

The tournament, a brainchild of Leonard Nhamburo, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) development coach in charge of Glen View will end on Saturday.

Mupachikwa, an 18-year-old right handed batter, and all-rounder Mazvishaya (22) will represent Glen View Two High.

The other schools taking part in the tournament are Glen View One, Glen View Three, Mufakose One High, Mufakose Two, Mufakose Mhuriimwe.

“The main purpose of holding this tournament is basically to develop cricket at high school level in the high density,” Nhamburo told the Daily News.

“As for the girls, we just decided to give them some game time because they are likely to go to the World Cup qualifiers with the national team.

“We don’t doubt their capabilities because even at training they usually play together with the boys.

“It is our first time to have a tournament like this at high school level, it has generated a lot of interest within the community and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the teams increasing from the current six on the day of the games start.”

Mashonaland Cricket Association chairman and Glen Shire Cricket Club head, Enock Ikope is set to grace the tournament together with Mashonaland Eagles’ wicketkeeper batsman, Joylord Gumbie to give motivation to the players.

“Gumbie is a product of Glen View and his presence will help motivate some of these young players to take their cricketing career seriously, he is one of them and now playing for the country’s biggest franchise,” he said.

The tournament will be played through group stages with two pools of three teams apiece.

The top two teams from each group will play in the semi-finals with the winning two proceeding to Saturday’s final while the losing two will play in the third place-off just before the grand finale.

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