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Volume 2, Issue 21, April 6 2001
EDITORIAL

By John Ward

The Logan Cup has been completed, with Mashonaland champions again after winning all their five matches. It is sad, though, that their performance has again been tarnished by their on-field behaviour - they are almost without spectator support at home and their attitude is unappreciated by the opposition, which is a sorry state for any team to be in. We hope that next season the provincial associations who have failed to support the Logan Cup may be enlightened and that ZCU chief executive Dave Ellman-Brown's promised action against erring players will be successful. [More]

INTERVIEW

Heath Streak: question and answer

Zimbabwe's captain Heath Streak is in fine form and ready to captain the national side against Bangladesh this month. At the recent Logan Cup match between Matabeleland and the CFX Academy in Bulawayo, he answered some questions from CricInfo about the tours, past and future, and the state of the game in Zimbabwe. [More]

ZIMBABWE v BANGLADESH - Tour Preview

Zimbabwe have the honour of being the first nation to host Bangladesh as full members of the ICC. Over the next four weeks, the two teams will play each other in a one-day series consisting of three matches and a two-match Test series. [More]

BIOGRAPHY

Mluleki Nkala
Of all the young black cricketers trying to break through to the top level in Zimbabwe, Mluleki Nkala is the one on whom, perhaps more than any other, even Henry Olonga, cricket lovers and administrators in Zimbabwe are pinning their hopes. He is the first black cricketer of genuine all-round talents to appear on the scene and, all things being equal, he may be considered likely to be Zimbabwe's first black cricket captain at some time in the future.
[More]

Mark Vermeulen...
...the former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain, is generally regarded as one of Zimbabwe's most promising young batsmen. At present he still needs consistency, but he has shown himself as a man who can take responsibility in a crisis and build big hundreds. [More]

Ryan King...
...was one of the few Academy students to have had first-class experience before the start of the 1999/2000 season, having opened the innings for Matabeleland in a Logan Cup match the previous season. He was also the Academy team vice-captain, and led the side in their victorious Logan Cup match against Midlands in the absence of the injured Paul Strang. [More]

Clement Mahachi
Unaccountably, all Zimbabwe's black players to come through have been right-handers. Until Clement Mahachi, that is. The former Bulawayo Academy student, now a fulltime professional in Matabeleland, is a useful all-rounder who bats and bowls left-handed. [More]

   

  DOMESTIC

First Academy century of the season
The 19-year-old CFX Academy batsman Ryan Butterworth celebrated a fine batting pitch at Queens Sports Club with his team's first century of the season. He talks to CricInfo about his innings.

"I'm feeling a bit stunned as well as delighted about my innings - but mostly stunned. It was quite a flat track, but hard to bat on in some ways, as the ball was rushing on to me off the pitch and turning when the spinners were bowling. Then once the second new ball was taken it was harder because it came on to the bat much more quickly and was lifting off the pitch." [More]

Matabeleland Cricket Report

by Derrick Townshend

Matabeleland cricket's change of fortunes over a period of two weekends has seen the 'highs and lows of first-class cricket'.

Having been dismissed for 19 against Mashonaland in Harare the previous weekend, Matabeleland then scored 508 for 9 declared against the CFX Academy at Queens Ground in Bulawayo and the two scores are unique to Zimbabwe first-class cricket. [More]

Manicaland Report
By Nigel Fleming
A disappointing weekend's first-class cricket for Manicaland saw them lose their final game of the season to the Mashonaland second team by 74 runs at Mutare Sports Club last Sunday. It was disappointing from the Manicaland skills point of view, the lack of spectator support and the behaviour of the visitors.

The grassy pitch coupled with the amount of rain we've had in the last month fooled our young captain Neil Ferreira into thinking its nature had changed sufficiently to warrant fielding first. Born and bred Manica opening bowler Alec Taylor was dumbfounded on being tossed the ball after seeing his migrant skipper win the toss. Mutare Sports Club has been a bowler's graveyard for as long as cricket has been played there. Mashonaland promptly settled in and rattled up 325 by late afternoon. [More]

LETTERS


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