Gweru Cricket Club re­ha­bil­i­tates pitch

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

GWERU Cricket Club has em­barked on a mas­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Gweru Sports Club cricket pitch that will house the club’s high per­for­mance cen­tre.

The cricket pitch and its fa­cil­i­ties are in a de­plorable state due to years of ne­glect which had left the Mid­lands cap­i­tal with no such us­able fa­cil­ity. Gweru Cricket Club chair­man John Makubalo said the project is ex­pected to cost over $100 000.

“The project is funded by Gweru Cricket Club mem­bers, who have a pas­sion for the game, while other strate­gic part­ners are pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port such as en­gi­neers, cu­ra­tors and machin­ery for the project lay­out,” said Makubalo.

“This project will con­sume more than $100 000 due to the level of dam­age that was done to this ground 15 years ago. After com­ple­tion of the project, it will be a state of the art cricket fa­cil­ity for a high per­for­mance cen­tre.”

Makubalo ap­pealed to the cor­po­rate world to part­ner the club in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the ground to help at­tract first class cricket to the Mid­lands cap­i­tal.

Work has al­ready started with fo­cus presently on the cen­tre wicket. The ground will have an out­field prac­tice net sec­tion and grand­stands upon com­ple­tion.

There will also be an em­bank­ment area, pavil­ion, sight screen main­te­nance, an elec­tronic score­board and me­dia box.

Gweru Cricket Club has been forced to play its matches in Kwekwe due to the ab­sence of a cricket field in the Mid­lands cap­i­tal. Zim­babwe Cricket con­venor of se­lec­tors Ta­tendu Taibu launched the Gweru Cricket Club high per­for­mance cen­tre ear­lier this month and pledged to mo­bilise equip­ment for the in­sti­tu­tion.

In 2008, the Mid­lands Cricket Board tried to re­fur­bish the pitch, but the project was aban­doned ow­ing to the hy­per­in­fla­tion­ary en­vi­ron­ment at the time — @lavuzi­gara1.

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