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Cricket club on the rise


Cricket is undoubtedly one of the country’s fastest growing sports and satellite towns like Chitungwiza are catching up on the game.
Uprising Cricket Club which celebrated its 10th anniversary by winning the Harare Metropolitan Premier League during the 2009-2010 season could be the next biggest cricket academy to emerge in Zimbabwe.
The Chitungwiza-based club, which has been using Prince Edward School facilities received a shot in the arm when they were given a piece of land by the Chitungwiza Town Council to develop into cricket facility.
The club’s secretary general Claudius Mukandiwa could not hide his joy in a telephone interview.
“With the support of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) we were able to get this lease but it’s going to be a community club which will help in the development of cricket not only in Chitungwiza, but in Zimbabwe as a whole.
“However, we hope the corporate world and sponsors will be forthcoming so that we have the facility ready for use as soon as possible,” said Mukandiwa. Chitungwiza boasts two clubs, Uprising and Royal Cricket Club. Highfield-based Takashinga Cricket Club is one of the recognised academies since it produced former national team skipper Tatenda Taibu.
Uprising club chairman, Elisha Kandi said: “We have to mobilise support for the development of the game in the town.
“We hope the facility will also act as an academy which will capture talent from the surrounding schools which do not have cricket facilities.”

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