It is back, and promises to be more exciting!
The CABS sponsored St George’s College ‘Smashing Cricket’ T20 Festival, one of the most entertaining schoolboy T20 cricket festivals in Africa makes a comeback following a two-year-hiatus.
Denford Kumundati, coach of host school St George’s College said: “It’s going to be exciting to see the boys back again on the field! Can’t wait to enjoy the exciting cricketing environment.”
“As a coach, I’m looking forward to the T20 after such a long break with Covid.”
This year’s festival has grown even bigger with additional schools participating.
Zimbabwean schools include hosts St George’s College, Lomagundi College, Hellenic Academy, St John’s College, Peterhouse Boys, Falcon College, Prince Edward, Churchill Boys High School and Christian Brothers College.
South Africa’s St Andrews College of Grahamstown brings two teams, with Windhoek College from Namibia completing the international line up.
The batsmen participating are guaranteed to hit boundaries with flair and aplomb on the Saints’ fields, and bowlers will be sure to take the wickets with quality bowling. Some electrifying fielding is expected as well.
The tournament runs from 25 -28 August and promises to be the most popular and well attended social events in Zimbabwe this year.
Some of the coaches from participating schools have expressed enthusiasm ahead of the festival.
Former Zimbabwean pace bowler, David Mutendera, in charge of Harare’s St John’s College team, said:“can’t wait.”
“It was quite depressing to miss this event in the last few years,” the ex-national team star said. “This a major event on the schools calendar in Zimbabwe, a platform to groom future stars. The quality of the cricket on show in this tournament is unbelievable.”
Prince Edward coach, Alois Tichana said fans should expect a thrilling brand of T20 cricket.
“Being the shortest format of the game, T20 is fast and entertaining that is why this tournament is a big crowd puller,” remarked Tichana. “The boys always repay the fans with exciting cricket. The level of talent is amazing. The competition is stiff. Trust me, a lot of these boys will be playing international cricket for their countries in the not-too-distant future.”
The St George’s CABS ‘Smashing Cricket’ T20 Festival is a popular catchment area for talent and numerous scouts attend all the matches in search of players. This year will be no different.