Masca Awards to in­spire young criketers

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

MATA­BELE­LAND South Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion (Masca) will hold its in­au­gu­ral end of sea­son awards to hon­our play­ers and clubs that ex­celled in Gwanda to­mor­row.

Masca chair­man Arthur Maphosa said de­vel­op­ment of cricket in Mata­bele­land South has lagged be­hind and the de­ci­sion to hold the awards is meant to mo­ti­vate as­pir­ing crick­eters to take the sport se­ri­ously.

Maphosa said they will hon­our in­di­vid­u­als that took part in the Masca 40 overs clubs com­pe­ti­tion, which had three teams, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytech­nic, Gwanda Giants and ZRP Gwanda. Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytech­nic won the league.

“These are our in­au­gu­ral awards and our hope is to hold them ev­ery year.

“Es­tab­lish­ing a league has been tough, but we man­aged to go through the sea­son. What we’ve been do­ing is mak­ing sure that cricket is played in schools be­fore com­ing up with club cricket in ev­ery part of the prov­ince.

“Next sea­son, which starts in a few weeks’ time, will have a team from Plumtree be­cause most schools in that area are now play­ing the sport,” said Maphosa.

Masca will give awards for the best club, best bats­man, best bowler, rookie of the year and play­ers’ player of the year.

There are also awards for schools’ crick­eters for the best Un­der-13, Un­der-14, Un­der-16, Un­der-18 and Un­der-19.

Cyrene’s Adrian Sit­hole and Gwanda High School’s duo of Tawanda Kamela and Elvin Khu­malo will be pre­sented with spe­cial awards for mak­ing it into the pro­vin­cial team that took part in a Zim­babwe Cricket or­gan­ised as­so­ciate league.

Maphosa said they would also hon­our um­pires, scor­ers, coaches and teach­ers that were in­volved in the game at their event — @ZililoR.

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