Schools bat­tle it out in Edgars Shield T20 ti­tle

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

MAG­WEGWE High School will be out to de­fend their Edgars Shield T20 boys’ ti­tle when they bat­tle it out with at least six schools at a Tigers Cricket Academy or­gan­ised tour­na­ment set for Mag­wegwe Pri­mary in Bu­l­awayo this week­end.

The schools’ cricket tour­na­ment starts to­day and ends on Sun­day.

Tawanda Muchechete, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Tigers Cricket Academy which was formed in 2013 said four teams, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mag­wegwe, Loben­gula, Sizane and Mzi­likazi have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion and are wait­ing for four oth­ers.

Schools which are ex­pected to make late regis­tra­tions this morn­ing are Ih­lathi, Founders, Hamil­ton and Gif­ford.

Muchechete said to­day’s tour­na­ment is part of his academy’s plans to iden­tify and de­velop ta­lent with the hope of pro­duc­ing fu­ture stars.

“Tigers Cricket Academy aims to take young peo­ple off the streets, fight crime, pro­mote and in­tro­duce the sport in the high-den­sity sub­urbs. We also in­tend to pro­mote cricket ta­lent at grass­roots level by iden­ti­fy­ing, groom­ing, and see it fil­ter­ing into our se­nior team, provin­cial teams, Zim­babwe cricket fran­chise struc­ture and na­tional teams at var­i­ous age groups.

“We iden­tify nat­u­ral ta­lent at a ten­der age and ex­pose play­ers to mod­ern coach­ing tech­niques and in­tro­duce cricket to non-cricket play­ing schools. We are mainly con­cen­trat­ing on iden­ti­fy­ing and em­pow­er­ing ta­lent from western town­ship schools, groom­ing all-round crick­eters. We want to prove to the world that ne­glected young­sters can con­trib­ute to the suc­cess of the coun­try at cricket. We have re­alised ta­lent is abun­dant and we only need to ex­ploit it fully,” said Muchechete.

He said as­pir­ing crick­eters from the western sub­urbs should draw in­spi­ra­tion from na­tional team pace bowler, Christo­pher Mpofu who rose from the dusty Mag­wegwe streets to be­come a core mem­ber of the na­tional team.

Mean­while, Muchechete said they have lined up in­di­vid­ual prizes for the Best Player of the Tour­na­ment, Best Bowler, Best Bats­man, Best Fielder and the Best Wick­et­keeper. Win­ners of in­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades will get a minia­ture tro­phy and $10.

The win­ners of the tour­na­ment will get a shield.

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