High-riding Manicaland cricket franchise, Mountaineers take on MidWest Rhinos in the first semi-final of the MetBank Pro40 Championship semi-finals at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
The winner meets the victor between Matabeleland Tuskers and Southern Rocks who play at the same venue on Saturday.
Mountaineers coach Gary Brent said his side would not be taking their opponents lightly given the nature of the stage of the competition.
“We have played some good cricket throughout the season, up to this stage of the competition and we have a very good team that has a mixture of youth and experience.
“In the absence of the senior guys who were with the national team, the youngsters have stepped up and played some good cricket which is always nice to see.
“We are definitely confident of doing well but we are aware that Rhinos are a dangerous side and they have some potential match winners in their ranks, so it is going to be important that we don’t lose focus at the crucial stage,” said Brent.
The 35-year-old former Zimbabwe seamer’s arrival at Mountaineers opened the door for young players like Keith Sauramba, Gary Chirimuuta who he has blended with experienced players like Hamilton Masakadza and Tino Mawoyo.
While Mountaineers have done well this season, MidWest Rhinos remain a very dangerous side in the shorter version of the game.