Baines’ DMCI team leaves for Botswana

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

THIR­TEEN play­ers from Bulawayo’s Baines Ju­nior School-based Dumisani Mankun­zini Cricket Ini­tia­tive (DMCI) left the coun­try yes­ter­day morn­ing to par­tic­i­pate at an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment that starts to­day and ends on Thurs­day in Gaborone, Botswana.

Coached by DMCI founder and for­mer Zim­babwe Un­der-19 and Mata­bele­land Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise crick­eter Dumisani Mankun­zini whose ca­reer in the sport was brought to an abrupt end due to a back in­jury, the team is con­fi­dent of win­ning in Botswana.

“The boys are all ex­cited and I’m con­fi­dent that they will do well. We’re go­ing to play four Twenty20 matches and we will be back on Fri­day.

“This is the third time for DMCI to par­tic­i­pate at the Gaborone tour­na­ment and we hope our boys will im­mensely ben­e­fit from this trip. This tour is all about ex­pos­ing our boys to bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties and good com­pe­ti­tion so that even as they grow older, they’re not in­tim­i­dated,” said Mankun­zini.

Last year DMCI took three teams, the Un­der-9s, Un­der-11s and the Un­der-13s.

Try­more Taruvinga, a for­mer Churchill High School crick­eter who was part of Zim­babwe cricket’s na­tional Un­der-19 squad in 2007, now with Cubs Academy, is the brains be­hind the in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment.

Most of the play­ers that will rep­re­sent DMCI at the tour­na­ment took part at last month’s fifth edi­tion of the Baines Ju­nior Dumisani Mankun­zini Win­ter Cricket Fes­ti­val won by Mt­shingwe Pri­mary School of Emakhan­deni.

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 left for Botswana.

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

DMCI Squads to Botswana

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