Moun­taineers ready for do­mes­tic league

The Manica Post - - Sport - Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

MOUN­TAINEERS are more than ready to de­fend their Lo­gan Cup in the Zim­babwe 2018-19 pre­mier do­mes­tic cricket sea­son which gets un­der­way to­mor­row.

The Pro50 cham­pi­onship kicks-off with Ea­gles host­ing Tuskers at Harare Sports Club, while Rhi­nos will be at home to Moun­taineers at Kwekwe Sports Club.

The Moun­tain will then take on Mid West Rhi­nos on Mon­day in the Lo­gan Cup.

Moun­taineers ap­pear to have a strong fran­chise squad for the 2018-2019 sea­son, and should again be chal­lengers for all three do­mes­tic tro­phies on of­fer.

Shep­herd Makunura was reap­pointed Moun­taineers coach fol­low­ing the on-go­ing re­struc­tur­ing within the Zim­babwe Cricket (ZC) set up.

ZC ap­pointed mem­bers of the Chevrons tech­ni­cal staff to head the coach­ing de­part­ment of the do­mes­tic fran­chises.

Stu­art Mat­sikeny­eri, who is the Chevron’s bat­ting coach is, now in charge of Ea­gles while bowl­ing coach Doug Tafadzwa Hondo takes charge of Tuskers.

ZC is yet to ap­point a coach for Mid West Rhi­nos.

ZC was also re­vert­ing to the old fran­chise sys­tem with Man­i­ca­land, Masvingo and Mashona­land East prov­inces mak­ing up the new look Moun­taineers out­fit.

Harare Met­ro­pol­i­tan and Mashona­land Cen­tral formed the Ea­gles fran­chise. Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan, Mata­bele­land North and Mata­bele­land South prov­inces have been com­bined to make up the Tuskers fran­chise.

Mid­lands and Mashona­land West have been re­united un­der the Rhi­nos ban­ner.

Makunura has al­ready set his sights to de­fend the ti­tle that he has won in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 sea­sons af­ter re­tain­ing their full squad from last sea­son.

“We are ready to de­fend Lo­gan Cup. I am happy with the squad so far. The guys are ready to take on Mid West Rhi­nos to­mor­row,” he said.

Moun­tain goats have ab­sorbed Wil­liam Mashinge, Tafadzwa Tsiga, Ti­nashe Much­awaya and Vin­cent Masekesa from Ris­ing Stars which will not par­tic­i­pate in the first class cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Moun­taineers Squad: Tino Ma­woyo,Kevin Ka­suza, Vic­tor Nyauchi, Kudzi Sau­ramba,Don­ald Tiri­pano,Tendai Chatara,Hamil­ton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Roy Kaia,Welling­ton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, In­no­cent Kaia, Nat­sai Mushangwe, Forster Mu­tizwa, John Masara, Clive Chi­tumba, Frank Mazvita, Ti­nashe Chim­bambo, Wil­liam Mashinge, Tafadzwa Tsiga, Ti­nashe Much­awaya and Vin­cent Masekesa.

Shep­herd Makunura

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