Mash Eagles were crowned the winners of the BancABC Under-13 Cricket Week which was held at Prince Edward School in Harare which ran from the December 6-9 after defeating Mountaineers by 125 runs.
The annual tournament had six under-13 teams coming from the country’s five franchises and a Development XI squad as the sixth. It was used as the selection tournament for the Zimbabwe under-13 national squad (President XI) team.
The final started off with some gripping action before poor batting from Mountaineers resulted in the most comfortable of wins for the home franchise. Mash Eagles went in to bat first and posted 201 – 6. Nicholas Welch, in fine form, scored a patient 67 off 145 balls conquering the slow out-field and bowler friendly conditions.
Mountaineers’ Adriaan Kok, was the pick of the bowlers doing well to reduce the extent of the damage the Mutare giants were taking. He took 4-48 in 10 overs but his gallant effort was overshadowed by Mountaineers’ disappointing run chase –Mountaineers were all out for just 85 runs.
Mountaineers however got a consolation after captain Sam Curran was voted the player of the series.
In other matches played on the final day:
Matabeleland Tuskers vs Development XI
Tuskers beat Development XI by eight runs. Tuskers’ Ryan Minter-Brown and Dumoluhle Dube propelled the Bulawayo outfit to a competitive 129 runs.
Development XI came close to causing an upset before they were bowled out for 121 runs. Mathew Conolly shone for the Tuskers with a 3.5 over spell which yielded three wickets for just 14 runs.
Midwest Rhinos vs Southern Rocks
Manson Chikowero’s five-wicket haul ensured that Rhinos restricted Southern Rocks to a low score of 58 all out and the Midlands boys dispatched Rocks in a seven-wicket victory with ease.