Belle­vue ready to spring shocker

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

LOWLY placed Bu­l­awayo Metropoli­tan Darts League side Belle­vue has warned cham­pi­onship favourites Archers, whom they face this evening, that they can un­der­rate them at their own peril.

Archers are three games away from win­ning the ti­tle with­out los­ing a game and hav­ing gone for 25 games with­out drop­ping a point.

Mal­colm Motta, one of Belle­vue’s out­stand­ing play­ers, said they were ready to face the cham­pi­onship favourites.

He said they were go­ing into tonight’s game bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing their nar­row 20-19 win over fourth-placed Parkview Lions last week.

Belle­vue are sec­ond from the bot­tom with five points from 25 games.

“Play­ing Archers is a tricky game for us, but we’re ready for them. I think they’re more un­der pres­sure than us be­cause they’ve ev­ery­thing to lose as they’re chas­ing the league ti­tle with a 100 per­cent record. If they come to us think­ing they’ll have a walk in the park, then they are in for a big shock be­cause we’re ready to spring a shocker,” said Motta.

Be­sides Motta, Belle­vue will hope Hil­lary Mushayi, Nh­lanhla Twala, Anthony Mh­langa and Josephine James, a mem­ber of the na­tional women’s team, also come to the party.

Archers’ hopes will be pinned on the win­ners of the High­landers’ or­gan­ised Town­shend and Butcher Dou­bles Tour­na­ment Al­bert Tawanda and Brian Ndlovu as well as Born­face Maningi and Wil­fred Chikakatira. Archers cap­tain Ernest Sibanda ruled out com­pla­cency for tonight’s clash.

“Our tar­get has al­ways been clear; we want to win the league ti­tle with­out a loss and as such our ap­proach is the same whether play­ing a lowly placed team like Belle­vue or de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rail­stars. We just want to win and we’re ready to bury Belle­vue in their own back­yard,” said Sibanda.

Mean­while, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Rail­stars will be tar­get­ing Wise Wa­ters’ scalp as they aim at keep­ing their slim ti­tle hopes alive.

Rail­stars are on 22 points, three be­hind Archers and the for­mer can end the sea­son on 26 points if they win their re­main­ing four games. A de­feat for Rail­stars and a vic­tory for How Mine will give the lat­ter an unas­sail­able 26 points, to lift the ti­tle with two games to spare.

Ernest Sibanda

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