Curtain comes down on stragglers junior cricket week

Business Reporter

Harare– The curtain came down on the week-long Stanbic Bank-sponsored Stragglers junior cricket development extravaganza on Friday last week with over 500 junior cricketers enjoying top notch cricketing tips.

The Stragglers Junior cricket programme resumed on Monday after a two-year COVID19-induced break as the budding cricketers aged between 9 and 12 years old played a game a day in an unprecedented exposure to all round cricket in which all players get to bat and bowl.

Stragglers Cricket chairperson, Winn Ives, hailed Stanbic Bank for sponsoring the week-long event over the years, saying the institution’s gesture to provide venue hire funding, t-shirts, caps and balls as well as meals for the cricketers was a financial relief on preparations.

“We commend Stanbic Bank for offering full support for all the development sides from Glen View, Chitungwiza, Bindura and Shamva. They are only coming here with their equipment while everything else is provided by the bank. We cannot thank Stanbic bank enough,” said Ives.

One of the coaches of the development sides from Glenview, Jeffrey Makoni said he was grateful for the exposure his cricketers received.

Makoni commended the format in which cricketers from elite schools mix and mingle with those from high density suburbs and are drafted into same teams bringing a spirit of camaraderie in players from different walks of life.

“This is an experience of a lifetime for our players who get to play in top quality pitches and get to rub shoulders with students of other races. Nothing can take this experience from them and all thanks to Stanbic Bank who made sure that they are properly kitted,” said Makoni.

The coach for another development side from Bindura and Shamva in Mashonaland Central, Lazarus Ruzawi echoed Makoni’s sentiments saying their pitches in Bindura left a lot to be desired and getting to play in lush green lawn was a dream come true for the cricketers.

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