Sean Wil­liams re­joins Tuskers

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

TOP or­der bats­man Sean Wil­liams has re­joined Mata­bele­land Tuskers Cricket Fran­chise from Mid­west Rhi­nos where he spent a sea­son.

A bold and dy­namic left-handed bats­man when in form, Wil­liams, who played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Tuskers’ fourth Lo­gan Cup win since the start of fran­chise cricket in 2009, dumped Tuskers for the 2015/16 sea­son and joined the Kwekwe-based side.

Wil­liams is part of about 30 play­ers at­tend­ing Tuskers’ pre-sea­son train­ing at Queens Sports Club.

Wayne James, Tuskers’ coach, con­firmed Wil­liams’ re­turn and said his avail­abil­ity would strengthen their bat­ting line-up.

“We’ve started our pre-sea­son and as it is we’re work­ing on fit­ness be­cause we have a big pool of play­ers which we should trim to about 15 to 20 in the coming weeks. We’re also wait­ing for a cou­ple of guys that are still over­seas to join us. Our for­mer cap­tain Wil­liams has bounced back and will be play­ing for us this sea­son. This will cer­tainly be a boost to our bat­ting unit,” said James.

Be­sides Wil­liams, some of the top play­ers at Tuskers’ pre-sea­son train­ing in­clude John Nyumbu, Christo­pher Mpofu, Brian Vi­tori, wick­et­keeper Rich­mund Mu­tum­bami and Luke Jongwe. Seamer Tawanda Mu­pariwa, top or­der bats­man Brian Chari and South African-based pace bowler Njabulo Ncube are also train­ing with Tuskers. Over­seas-based play­ers yet to join camp are Ta­fara Mu­pariwa, Steve Chi­mamhiwa, Keith Dabengwa and Mbekezeli Mabuza. Tuskers will ap­point a new skip­per for the 2016/17 sea­son that starts next month fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of cap­tain God­will Mamhiyo for South Africa. De­spite the loss of his cap­tain, James re­mains con­fi­dent that the Tuskers squad can re­claim glory. Tuskers came sec­ond to Mashona­land Ea­gles in the Lo­gan Cup. Ea­gles also won the 2015/16 sea­son’s Pro50 ti­tle. “It’s a strong squad we have, but the prob­lem with such squads is that they strug­gle to per­form in a pos­i­tive man­ner and we need time to get the play­ers to gel and do the right things. An­other chal­lenge is that these play­ers are not to­gether for the bet­ter part of the sea­son due to na­tional duty, but we’ll see how we go about it,” said James. – @ZililoR

Sean Wil­liams

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