Mountaineers and Mid West Rhinos clash in the first semi-final of the MetBank Pro40 cricket championship at Harare Sports Club on Friday morning in what promises to be a thrilling encounter if the rains do not play havoc.
The second semi-final is on on Saturday at the same venue as Matabeleland Tuskers chase their first franchise silverware against Southern Rocks with the final set for Sunday.
Mountaineers finished the race for the semi-finals with five wins from eight matches giving them 24 points, six ahead of second-placed Tuskers, who had three wins.
Rocks were third with three wins, there losses and two no results while Rhinos took the last semi-final spot with two wins amassing 14 points.
Hamilton Masakadza, dropped from the ICC World Cup squad, and his brother Shingirayi, former national team skipper Prosper Utseya and Timycen Maruma will be the main players for Mountaineers as they seek a place in the final.
Tino Mawoyo will certainly come under the spotlight today, having been called up to the national team for the World Cup following Sean Ervine’s abrupt pullout on Wednesday.
While everybody had been expecting that Hamilton might now get the chance to go to the World Cup, the selectors opted for the top-order batsman who has already played first-class cricket before as he captained Zimbabwe Under-19 at the World Cup in 2003-04.
Earlier on his appearances were limited by educational commitments, but he turned out enough to emphasise his class and was called up for an A-team Test against Bangladesh in 2006.
He made his ODI debut on the trip to that country at the end of the year, but was not able to keep his place for the World Cup that followed.