BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
Alliance Health Eagles women’s team have set the target of reaching the final of this year’s Fifty50 Challenge after a brilliant start to the competition winning their first three matches to top the four-team log standing.
The Harare-based team beat Mountaineers by 26 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis method at Old Hararian on Wednesday to maintain a 100% record in the 50-over domestic competition.
Coached by former national team fast bowler Trevor Garwe, Eagles top the standing with 14 points, four ahead Rhinos who are in second place with two wins and a defeat.
Garwe expressed delight at the team’s performance so far in the competition while he also revealed the targets in the event.
“Our target is to make sure our ladies are enjoying being out on the field and making sure we simplify the game for them with no pressure on anyone to win but if we just keep doing the basics right eventually we will win games. It will be nice to be in the Fifty50 final because we missed out last season, so that will be a big achievement for us as a franchise,” Garwe told Newsday Sport.
“The team is playing some good cricket despite being a young group of players. We have managed to stay nice and composed under pressure. What’s impressive is seeing players playing fearless cricket and also sticking to the basics of the game when they are put under pressure.
“We showed good character in the game against Midwest Rhinos when we defended 127 against the best batting line up in the tournament. I think as a group we are moving in the right direction,” he added.
Some of the top performers for Eagles so far include veteran national team star Precious Marange and 15-year-old leg spinner who took four wickets for 21 runs on debut against Tuskers last week.
Eagles face Tuskers in the second round of matches and will be buoyed by the fact that they won the first meeting between the two teams by 26 runs.
Tusker sit third in the group after recording a single win in the competition so far beating Mountaineers by 75 runs on Monday.
Mountaineers, who anchor the standings are yet to put points on the board and will be hoping for a change of fortune against Rhinos tomorrow.