CSA u17 Day One Story

CSA u17 Day One Story

Centuries abounded on the first day of the Cricket South Africa Under-17 National Schools Cricket Week in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.Jason Marshall, the KwaZulu Natal Inland captain, scored 140 in his side’s 284-2 in 65 overs. And it’s KZN Inland that Zimbabwe plays today….so a big challenge!

Zim fast bowlers Brad Evans (3/27) and lanky 15-year-old Kundai Matigimu (3/22) were the main wicket-takers, though off-spinner Takudzwa Zimhindo impressed with 2/18 in 10 overs at an average of only 1.80 per over. Captain Gary King top scored for Zim with 44 in 80 balls (5 fours) as Zim tumbled to a meagre 126 all out in 51,1 overs to lose to Boland on the first innings.



Gary King to lead Zimbabwe u-18 at Stellenbosch

Zimbabwe’s talented, but youthful, under-18 cricket team is in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, for South Africa’s premier schoolboy event, the Cricket South Africa Week from December 6-10.

Their manager, Walter Chawaguta,  who is also Zimbabwe’s under-19 World Cup coach, has thrown down the gauntlet with an inspiring challenge: “I’m on a scouting mission…if any of these u-18 players put in outstanding performances at Stellenbosch they will be taken into consideration for the final u-19 World Cup trials in Harare from 14-17 December.”

This is a massive incentive to the touring team as most of them are two or three years younger than the current Zimbabwe u-19 team players and this late-breaking chance to catch the eye for the 2014 u-19 World Cup in Dubai (February-March) will add an element of excitement and also extreme pressure.

“This is not just another tour,” said Chawaguta. “They’re going to play in a very tough competition against the very best schoolboys in South Africa and they’ve been told that there’s the prospect of an even bigger picture for them if they really shine.”

Gary King (pictured) (17) (captain) and Eddie Byrom (16) will be playing in their second CSA u-17 Week and so know what to expect, while there are three 15-year-olds being blooded – Ryan Murray (wicket keeper), Nick Welch (opening batsman) and Shaun Matigimu (all rounder).

ZB Bank is sponsoring the kit for this Zimbabwe u-182013-07-01 17.11.56 national team and each player received green blazer, travel bag, cap and travelling shirts. “We thank ZB Bank for this very important contribution,” said Mr Chawaguta. “It’s been a long time since an age group team travelled with Zimbabwe blazer and I am very proud of how smart they looked on departure from Harare. We will stand out in our uniforms and now also need to shine on the field.”

However, this is a very young team for such a tough tournament and the expectations will not be too high, especially against the major provinces like KwaZulu Natal, Western Province and Gauteng. The first two days (6, 7) feature full-day declarations matches, followed by two T20 matches on Sunday and two 50 over matches to conclude on 9, 10 next week.

The team reflects the schoolboy dominance of St John’s College, who have eight of the 13 players.

Zimbabwe Under-18

Gary King (captain), Eddie Byrom, Richie Lock, Kyle Hopper, Shaun Nyamusa, Takudzwa Zimhindo, Ryan Murray, Nick Welch, Shane Snater, Tabryz Muhammad, Brad Evans, Kundai Matigimu, Jeremy Ives. Manager: Walter Chawaguta. Coach: Ian Tinker.


Zimbabwe make clean sweep of T20 matches

Zimbabwe’s under-18 and under-16 national cricket teams have both made a clean sweep of the five opening T20 matches at the Easterns Festival in Benoni, South Africa.

Zimbabwe under-18 had two close calls, but the under-16’s have totally demolished all opposition with top-order batsmen Nick Welch and captain Walter Huchu shining.

In the fifth game on Friday Zimbabwe struggled to chase down the Easterns total of 93 and won a tense match by three wickets with three balls to spare. On Thursday Zimbabwe reached a handsome 150 for six wickets thanks to some big hitting by Gary King who scored 42 in 26 balls (including three sixes in a row) and Richie Lock whose 55 took 38 balls. Easterns made a determined response, falling 19 runs short.

Namibia u19 also sorely tested Zimbabwe’s mettle and fell just nine runs short in response to Zimbabwe’s hefty 143 for two wickets, with gary King again to the fore with a quick-fire 63 and Tatenda Chiradza making 44.

In the other two matches Zimbabwe dominated, with Eddie Byrom and Richie Lock pitting on 101 for the opening partnership against Eastern Invitation to open the festival with an eight-wicket victory.

In the under-16 section Zimbabwe have not been tested and have romped to five straight victories in style. Nick Welch has been impressive with the bat scoring 15 no, 30, 40 no, 28, 73 for an average of 65 so far on tour. Walter Huchu has recorded scores of 20, 8, 61 no, 34.


v  Easterns Invitation: Easterns 120/7; Zimbabwe 121/2 (R. Lock 50, E. Byrom 45). Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets.

v Easterns u16: Zimbabwe 150/6 (R. Lock 55, G. King 42, K. Hopper 22); Easterns 135/7  (G. King 1-37, K. Hopper 1-12). Zimbabwe won by 19 runs.

v Namibia u19: Zimbabwe 143/2 (Nyamusa 24, G. King 63, T. Chiradza 44); Namibia 134/7. Zimbabwe won by 9 runs.

v  Botswana u19: Botswana 116/6; Zimbabwe 117/1 (R. Lock 64 no, Ali 32 no, E. Byrom 18),Zimbabwe won by 9 wickets.

v Easterns Combined: Easterns 93/8; Zimbabwe 94/7 (Zaheer 19, S. Snater 16). Zimbabwe won by 3 wickets.


v Easterns Invitation: Easterns 35 all out (K. Matigimu 2-7); Zimbabwe 36-0 (N. Welch 15 no, D, Vermaak 15 no). Zimbabwe won by 10 w8ickets.

v Easterns u15: Easterns 75/7 (K. Jaure 2-6. W. Mubayiwa 2-15, W. Huchu 2-15); Zimbabwe 76/2 (n. Welch 30, W. Huchu 20 no). Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets.

v Namibia: Namibia 69/9 (K. Jaure 2-15, B. Sly 2-11, W. Huchu 2-15, W. Mubayiwa 2-8); Zimbabwe 70/2 (N. Welch 40 no). Zimbabwe won by 8 wickets.

v Easterns u14: Zimbabwe 184/4 (K. Matigimu 32, N. Welch 28, W. Huchu 61 no, K. Jaure 35 no); Easterns 54 all out (T. Muzamhindo 2-2, J. Schadendorf 3-7, B. Sly 1-12, L. Butler 1-10, N. Welch 2-14). Zimbabwe won by 133 runs.

v  Swaziland:  Zimbabwe 171/5 (N. Welch 73, W. Huchu 34, K. Matigimu 48); Swaziland 50 all out (K. Jaure 2-5, L. Butler 2-4, W. Mubayiwa 2-0). Zimbabwe won by 149 runs.



Nick Welch out to prove his class in Benoni cricket festival


Nick Welch….15-centuties man

The formidable pair of Nick Welch and Kundai Matigimu spearhead the Zimbabwe under-16  batting and bowling hopes for the Eastern Junior Club Cricket Association (EJCCA) Southern African Festival at Benoni in South Africa this week (July 3-7).

Both aspire to higher honours in the future and they have shown their exciting emerging talent on many occasions. The sharp-eyed Welch (15) is probably the youngest in Zimbabwe cricket history to score a First League century – he was just 14 last year when he recorded this feat as opening batsman for Country Club against Royals. During his career so far the St John’s College all-rounder has notched up a remarkable 15 centuries.

The lanky St George’s College opening bowler Matigimu is already whipping up significant speed of around 125 kmh and Zimbabwe under-16 coach Ian Tinker suggests “he would not disgrace himself at under-19 level for pace. And he is also capable of scoring a quick 100 in the middle order.”

Tinker believes that the team’s top-order batting is thin and that “this will put Nick Welch under real pressure to perform and I’ve told him I want him to face the first and last balls of each innings.”

Zimbabwe under-16 is captained by Walter Huchu of Peterhouse and has a well-rounded bowling attack that includes five spinners, led by Huchu and development players Gabriel Jaya of Kyle College and the left-arm Wallace Mubaiwa. The others are off-spinner Lochlan Butler and leg-spinner Welch. Other development players are Davies Murwendo and Keith Jaure, both of Prince Edward.

Two other potential trump cards are Ryan Murray, who is shaping up as a high-quality wicket keeper  who can score many stylish runs, and left-arm paceman Keith Jaure of Prince Edward who will make a fearsome opening combination with Matigimu.

Zimbabwe under-16: Walter Huchu (captain), Nick Welch, Declan Vermaak, Brendan Sly, Jayden Schadendorf, Davies Murwendo, Ryan Murray, Wallace Mubaiwa, Kundai Matigimu, Gabriel Jaya, Keith Jaure, Lochlan Butler, Tino Muzamhindo. Manager: Richard Harrison. Coach: Ian Tinker.

World Cup places may inspire Zimbabwe under-18 cricketers in South Africa

The tantalising prospect of a place in the under-19 World Cup squad is sure to inspire Zimbabwe’s national under-18 cricketers when they play in next week’s Eastern Junior Club Cricket Association (EJCCA) Southern African Carnival City Cricket Festival in Benoni, South Africa (July 3-7). Zimbabwe will also field a team in the under-16 section.

Zimbabwe’s exuberant under-18 coach Walter Chawaguta is emphatic: “With under-19 World Cup in Dubai in March next year we’re looking to blood a few younger players for continuity who would be still be there in 2016.  That should be a big motivational factor – we’ve earmarked a few already but someone who really shines on tour now could still be invited to World Cup trials this August.”

The annual EJCCA Festival (u-18) is headquartered at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park and Zimbabwe will play three of their opening five T20 matches (3-5) on the ODI international ground, which is also headquarters of the Africa Cricket Association. The U18 section also features three teams from the strong South African Easterns franchise, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Mozambique. Normally the winter pitches in Benoni are slow and favour spin, with outfields often dry and spongy, making fast runs difficult.

“We’ve got a strong unit of four spinners and have done a lot of work with them these past few months,” says Chawaguta, who was senior national coach in 2009. “They will be key.” They are Kyle Hopper (leg-spin), Ives (left-arm), Richie Lock (off-spin), Aqil (off-spin).    Spearheading the pace attack are three St John’s College Harare speedsters (Brad Evans, Gary King, Shane Snater) with the lone Matabele Branden Watson.

The team is captained by top-order left-hand batsman Eddie Byrom (St John’s), who has just turned 16 and played for Zimbabwe under-18 in last December’s South African Cricket Week in Cape Town. “We bat right down the order,” says the coach, “and so we are going as a confident and well-motivated team. The spirit is high…you can tell by the enjoyable banter on our What’s App phone group.”

“We’ve focused for the past month on many one-on-one sessions, though it is a pity we have been unable to have any warm-up matches. Fielding has been my one concern and we’ve made it a priority and they seem to be developing into a sharp unit.”

Harare spare parts and tyre specialists, Drum City (Pvt) Ltd, have sponsored a new junior cricket website now under development  and the kit for both u-16 and u-18 teams and are considering getting more involved in the development of junior cricket in Zimbabwe.

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Under-18 tour manager, Nick Singo from Zimbabwe Cricket, insists on moulding a well-disciplined team on tour. “They must represent their country with pride, take responsibility and remember this is a festival where the spirit of the game is emphasised. We’ll go all out to win and play our best, of course, and I expect our main opposition to come from the hosts Easterns and also Namibia, who sometimes bring several of their u-19 World Cup players.

Zimbabwe under-18 progress during matches Wednesday to Thursday next week may be followed on Twitter @ZimPups.

Zimbabwe under-18: Eddie Byrom (captain, St John’s), Gary King (vice-captain, St John’s), Tatenda Chiradza (Prince Edward), Shaun Nyamutsa (Peterhouse), Tufail Zaheer (Prince Edward), Nazim Patel (Prince Edward), Brad Evans (St John’s), Kyle Hopper (St John’s), Richie Lock (St John’s), Shane Snater (St John’s),  Ahsen Ali Aqil (home school), Jeremy Ives (St George’s), Branden Watson (Falcon College). Coach: Walter Chawaguta. Manager: Nick Singo.

ZimPups presents Moon Shadows Barnyard Premiere!

Howdy pardners!

Another magical Barnyard Blockbuster is coming to Harare and, happily, we’ve secured the Premiere on Tuesday 2 October from 7pm till late! Wear a touch of something Country and Western…, a Stetson, checked shirt…..holsters and water pistols….?

WE are ZimPups, a group of parents who have formed this highly committed fund-raising committee to ensure that the most-talented national u16 players get to play more, better cricket and go on tours. We have lofty ambitions, including an overseas tour, hence the fund raising initiatives. Although we fall under the auspices of Zimbabwe Cricket, and have their support, we keep our own funds and use them at our discretion. For example, a successful golf day early this year paid entirely for an u16 Zimbabwe team tour to South Africa.

THE SHOW is the fabulous Moon Shadows that has received rave reviews in South Africa. It’s a tribute to Country, Folk and Rock Legends and features the music of Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Adele, Cat Stevens, Shania Twain, The Eagles. Here’s the poster:    Please help us by forwarding!!!!

We are selling in Tables of 10 for $250, so whip up your friends or corporate clients and come and enjoy a fabulous evening with many other surprises. A reminder that the last premiere, for Bumi Hills anti-poaching, sold out all 40 tables in four days and many were left disappointed. Those who came to Six of the Best and other Barnyards were astonished and exhilarated and will well remember some of the fantastic cast:

–          Tian was Meat Loaf in Six of the Best

–          Jason Ziehl was the amazing guitarist in Dancing Queen

–          Tagan was the violinist in Beethoven

–          Johann Liebenberg was the truly astounding Neil Diamond vocalist in Diamond and Pearls. He said: “I came to Zimbabwe as a Barnyard musician and I left a rock star.”

They’ll all be here for Moon Shadows!!!


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Chipembere on tour….Boots & All!

National Age Group Coach, David Mutendera, has submitted this report  on the Chipembere u-13 team’s tours to Masvingo:

On behalf of Zimbabwe Cricket,I would like to thank Bakers Inn for making this trip possible. Chipembere U13 cricket team travelled to Masvingo to play the Under 13 Southern Rocks Franchise development squad selected from various junior schools from Masvingo. Many thanks go to Southern Rocks for inviting Chipembere School, accommodating them and catering for everything during their four-day stay in Masvingo.

The two teams played two 20/20 matches and two  50over matches at Masvingo Sports Club. Chipembere won three out of four matches. Southern Rocks managed to win one of the 50 over matches, but great cricket was played by both teams in the true spirit of the game.

Players from both teams experienced playing 50 over matches for the first time and also playing on proper grass wickets. Most players also had the opportunity to use cricket boots for the first time in their early careers, courtesy of Bakers Inn

Most Outstanding players from Chipembere School were Tsungai Motsi, Rodrick Mufudza,Tawanda Zimhindo and Marshal Takodza. Southern Rocks had Tanunurwa Makoni, Takunda Madembo, Nkosilati Nungu and Tapiwa Masiriri doing well for them. A Job well done  from the coaches of both teams,Emmanual Dube for Southern Rocks and I. Makiyi for Chipembere.

More matches between Franchise development squads will assist in the development of cricket in the high densities of Zimbabwe, and more good players can be scouted at an early age. On this note I would to thank Bakers Inn for supporting Zimbabwe Cricket’s development of cricket at grassroots level. Your support will go a long way in making our future little stars realize their dream of playing cricket at the highest level.


First 20/20 – Southern Rock 88 all out, Chipembere 90/6, Chipembere won by four wickets.

Second 20/20 – Southern Rock 115/8, Chipembere 117/4 , Chipembere won by six wickets

First 50 over match – Southern Rocks 186/9, Chipembere 130, Southern Rock won by 56 runs.

Second 50 Over match – Chipembere 176/7 Southern Rock 115, Chipembere won by 61 runs.