A cricket academy will be established at Lomagundi College in Chinhoyi through the MidWest Rhinos franchise.
This is a shared project between the college and the franchise where young cricket talent nurtured at the academy would feed into the club and the whole franchise system.
Although the cost of the project could not be immediately established, the development programme is expected to take off at the end of the current cricket season.
The academy will boast of some of the best cricket facilities in the country such as astro turf nets similar to those at Kwekwe Sports Club.
MidWest Rhinos area manager Admire Marodza on Tuesday said the franchise’s hand in establishing the academy was part of MidWest Rhinos’ development drive to spread cricket in Midlands and Mashonaland West provinces.
“The academy at Lomagundi is a 50/50 project between us and the college and part of the franchise’s development initiatives. We will finalise everything at the end of the season when we expect to begin the setting-up of the academy. We would like to come up with the best facilities for young cricketers and also to develop the sport in all our areas,” said Marodza.
The development programme will also see the upgrading of Chinhoyi Country Club, Gweru Sports Club and other schools in the franchise area. Marodza said their next port of call after Lomagundi was most likely to be Chaplin High School.
“We have also targeted other cricket facilities in Gweru and Chinhoyi. There is a good cricket facility at Chaplin High which only needs some facelift and we are considering upgrading it after the Lomagundi project. It is vital that we have proper facilities in our area even for our local league,” he said.
Meanwhile, Matabeleland Tuskers will seek to extend their lead at the top of the MetBank Pro40 championships when they take on Mountaineers at Queens Sports Club this morning, provided the rains do not play havoc again.
The rains disturbed the last Logan Cup match between the two teams, leading to just two days of play in the match that was eventually drawn.
Tuskers lead the standings with 14 points from four matches after three wins and one no-result game against MidWest Rhinos last week.
On the other hand, Mountaineers lie in third place with nine points as the battle for the semi-final spots continues.