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Volume 2, Issue 7, December 15, 2000

By John Ward

There were several notable performances in club cricket last weekend and we have interviewed two of the most successful players, Neil Ferreira and David Mutendera, for this issue. We have also caught up with Everton Matambanadzo who is in prime all-round form for Universals. Next week, in our last issue of the year, we hope to include interviews with Paul Strang, especially with regard to his experiences in India, and Gus Mackay, whose superb all-round form in club cricket last weekend preceded his selection, for the first time at the age of 33, for the tour of New Zealand.

So Zimbabwe's one-day series in India ended with one victory and four defeats. Without wanting to sound pessimistic, this was perhaps the best result we might reasonably have expected, given the strength of the Indian batting and their significant home advantage. It would have taken either a superb Zimbabwe performance or a poor Indian one to earn us anything better than that. [More]


Neil Ferreira

There are perhaps more gifted players in Zimbabwe cricket than Neil Ferreira, but there cannot be any with a bigger heart. As a wicket-keeper/batsman he played a major role in Manicaland's spirited fight for the Logan Cup last season, scoring three determined centuries. They were not flamboyant affairs and they were scored against rather weak attacks, but they showed the grit and application of the man to the full. On the strength of his Logan Cup successes, Neil was selected for the Zimbabwe A tour of Sri Lanka but, apart from a fifty in the opening match, he enjoyed little success. He was only the second wicket-keeper on the tour, understudy to Don Campbell, so on the face of it he had a disappointing tour. Then he returned to the new season to find that he had lost his place in the team and was not selected for the Zimbabwe Board XI. [More]

Everton Matambanadzo - pushing for a recall

An outstanding all-round performance by Everton Matambanadzo in the recent crucial first-league club match against Alexandra Sports Club should have served as a reminder to the selectors that here is a fine bowler who seems to have been quietly forgotten by his country. Although fit and in form, Everton played in only one Test match and no one-day internationals, and missed out on all the major tours.

He takes his omissions philosophically, but clearly wants to be back. He seemed to lose the favour of the selectors during a period of two years when he was often unfit, suffering first mainly from shin soreness and then from a shoulder injury that allowed him to bowl but not throw in from the outfield. But he hopes now those are things of the past. [More]

David Mutendera - bowling better than ever
It is to be hoped that David Mutendera will not eventually be remembered for the controversy of his Test debut. Against New Zealand in Bulawayo at the start of the season, his last-minute inclusion caused a serious problem among the players and administrators that was seized upon by those seeking to make political capital out of racial issues.

"I had three slips and two gullies, and most of my wickets were caught behind or bowled. I was generating a good pace and getting bounce, and they couldn't play me on the on side or hit me over the top, so I had two gullies, three slips, a man in the covers, a mid-off, a fine leg and a square leg, nobody else on the on side. That was my game plan, bowling in the channel so they got caught behind or bowled out. But my main aim was to get them caught in the slips." [More]


Mutendera in top form
Club cricket report by Clive Ruffell

Universals fast bowler David Mutendera took 8/23 in an awesome spell of new-ball bowling to destroy Harare Sports Club as his side romped to a 132-run victory with 31.5 overs to spare in the Castle Lager National First League. Harare Sports Club were dismissed for 64 runs in just 18.1 overs with only Extras and Guy Croxford managing to reach double figures. Mutendera could have returned even better figures had he not conceded six no-balls and 2 wides. [More | Scorecards]

Matabeleland Cricket Report
by Derrick Townshend

Queens Sports Club is presently undergoing extensive centre wicket and net wicket expansion. The present centre wickets which currently offer six pitches will be expanded to ten, with two additional pitches for international matches and two for club cricket. [More]


Eaglesvale Primary
By Mait Murambaguhwa (first team coach)

The Alexandra Park Festival is one of the biggest junior school cricket festivals in Zimbabwe. This year few schools took part in this festival which not only boasts of having the biggest trophy at junior school sport but is probably the only cricket festival that gives prize money to the winners. This year the festival was held on Saturday 7 October. As coach of one of the participating schools, I arrived with my team at 7.45 a.m., 45 minutes before our first game. We had a good warm-up and at 8.30 were on the field, ready to take on our opponents in the five-team Pool A [More]


The absolutely brilliant third one-day against India has been completely overshadowed by the sad outcome of the fourth ODI. What was so disappointing was the behaviour of the Indians, and then the punishment dished out hardly does any justice. Ganguly gets a three-match ban and a rap on the knuckles; why was he not fined for his behaviour? As captain he is supposed to set an example for his team and his country. Shaun Pollock who was found guilty of indecent conduct was fined not only for the behaviour but also because he is captain. Surely Ganguly as the captain of India should be held accountable in more ways than a rap on the knuckles? Reply: Although not fined, Ganguly will at least suffer the loss of match fees for the game he misses.
Ashlee Hutchinson (Zimbabwe)

Reply: Although not fined, Ganguly will at least suffer the loss of match fees for the game he misses.

I'm SITU - a young doctor from Kanpur, India. I'm a great fan of Zim right from the 87 World Cup. Zim is my obsession & to be honest, I don't think there is another in India. Of course on a global level there are many - yourself & Liz.

CONGRATS!!! Zim won for the first time and beat India in India. I waited 13 years for it. Kudos to Andy, Gobby & last but not least -Psyche.
Satendra Singh Phalswal (India)

Tom Bourdillon - obituary
Peter Robinson

Tom Bourdillon was born at Shangani in 1938 and educated at REPS (Rhodes Estate Preparatory School), Plumtree School and Rhodes University. At school he captained the first eleven. He came from a strong cricketing family: his father Thomas Edmund captained Rhodesia and also played a match for Sussex in 1919, while an uncle, Victor, played three times for Sussex, also in 1919. [More]

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