All set for domestic T20 cricket fest

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Mountaineers bowler Tendai Chatara sends down a delivery to Tuskers batsman Craig Ervine during the 2019 Domestic Twenty20 Competition final at Harare Sports Club CREDIT: Jekesai Njikizana

Zimbabwe’s domestic men and women T20 cricket competition gets underway in Harare on Thursday four matches scheduled for Harare Sports Club and Old Hararians Sports Club.

This is the first time in the history of cricket in Zimbabwe that the men’s and women’s editions of the competition will be running concurrently and at the same venues.

In the men’s competition, defending champions Tuskers will begin their title defence against Rhinos at Old Hararians in the afternoon and the match will be preceded by the women’s tie pitting Rhinos and Mountaineers which will be played in the morning at the same venue.

At Harare Sports Club, Health Alliance Eagles men’s team will kick-off their campaign against Mountaineers in the afternoon while the women’s team entertain Tuskers in the first match at the same venue.

Coached by Stuart Matsikenyeri, Eagles men’s team will be hoping to for better luck this time around after losing in the final to Tuskers by 69 runs in the competition last year.

However, all eyes will be on Mountaineers who scooped the Pro50 champions about a fortnight ago after beating Rocks by 71 runs and veteran coach Dave Houghton will be hoping for a double inside one month.

Southern Rocks will have a bye and will only play their first match of the competition on Friday.

There will be action every day, except on Saturday, until the men’s and women’s finals that are scheduled for next Thursday at Harare Sports Club.

 

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