Byo cricket team heads for Botswana

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

BAINES Ju­nior School-based Du­misani Mankun­zini Cricket Ini­tia­tive (DMCI) will next week com­pete at an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from Tues­day to Fri­day.

This is the third time that DMCI, formed in 2011, will be em­bark­ing on a re­gional tour and will take 13 play­ers to com­pete in the Un­der-13s at the com­pe­ti­tion.

The DMCI team will leave Bu­l­awayo by road on Mon­day morn­ing and will play Twenty20 matches at a tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by Try­more Taruvinga’s Cubs Academy.

Taruvinga is a former Churchill High School crick­eter who was part of Zimbabwe cricket’s na­tional Un­der-19 squad in 2007.

Mankun­zini said the squad is made up of play­ers who took part at last week­end’s fifth edi­tion of the Baines Ju­nior Du­misani Mankun­zini Win­ter Cricket Fes­ti­val won by Mt­shingwe Pri­mary School of Emakhan­deni.

He said the pur­pose of the Botswana trip is part of their de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme meant to ex­pose young­sters to com­pet­i­tive cricket. “We’ve been in­vited by our Botswana friends, Cubs Cricket Academy to par­tic­i­pate at their an­nual tour­na­ment next week and we’re very ex­cited. Un­like last year where we had three teams, the Un­der-9s, Un­der-11s and the Un­der-13s, this time we are only tak­ing Un­der-13s.

“This tour is go­ing to be an eye opener for the boys as they will be ex­posed to bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and good com­pe­ti­tion. It is im­por­tant that as they de­velop in cricket, they get ex­posed to com­pet­i­tive games so that when it’s time to get into na­tional teams they are not in­tim­i­dated,” Mankun­zini said.

The former Zimbabwe Un­der-19 and Mata­bele­land Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise crick­eter, whose ca­reer in the sport was brought to an abrupt end due to a back in­jury, is the brains be­hind the DMCI.

Gampu’s Ash­ley Chipare, who was voted as the 2016 Baines Ju­nior Du­misani Mankun­zini Win­ter Cricket Fes­ti­val Player of the Tour­na­ment as well as the Bats­man of the Tour­na­ment af­ter scor­ing 156 runs, is part of the team that will rep­re­sent DMCI.

Lungile Ny­athi of Mt­shingwe, who took 15 wick­ets at last week­end’s colour­ful com­pe­ti­tion at Baines Ju­nior and win­ner of the Best Bowler ac­co­lade, is also in the team which is be­ing cap­tained by Charles Takavengwa of Mil­ton Ju­nior.

A group of former Baines Ju­nior School stu­dents based in the United King­dom do­nated sport­ing equip­ment worth more than $3 000 to the school in Bu­l­awayo. In this file pic­ture She­unesu Ma­suka presents the equip­ment to the school head Buhle Koffi while his coun­ter­part Brid­get Mtetwa and deputy head Cog­gan Bhebhe look on

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