Score sheet delays U18 match

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HARARE – An inter-franchise Under-18 cricket match
pitting host Mashonaland Eagles and Southern Rocks was delayed by three hours
owing to the absence of scoring a sheet here yesterday.

The Golden Eagles which is Mashonaland
Eagles’ one of the two participating teams in this junior age group tournament
were scheduled to play a declaration match against the visiting Southern Rocks
from Masvingo.


The match was scheduled to start at 9am but
the score sheet only arrived at the match venue at around midday prompting the officials
from the two teams agreeing on a 35-over match.


The first ball of the match was then
finally bowled at 12.20pm.


Golden Eagles took to the crease first
after winning the toss and were all out for 166 runs in their allotted overs.


There was more drama midway through the Southern
Rocks chase when without warning the umpires, Josphat Matapure and Elliot Mushaninga
ended the match saying they had to collect their match allowances at the Mashonaland
Eagles’ offices at Harare Sports Club.


The match was left with no result as the Masvingo-based
was on 80 runs for the loss of six wickets after 20 overs when Matapure and
Mushaninga walked off the pitch.


Meanwhile, team officials had to play the
role of scorers after the scorers appointed for the match failed to turn up as
they demanded to be paid first.


Hopefully the cricket action will continue
today at Sunrise as Southern Rocks are scheduled to take on Mutare-based
Mountaineers while at the other venue at Old Hararians Golden Eagles will
square off against the Mid-West Rhinos.


At the same venue, Matabeleland Tuskers
entertain Fish Eagles -the Mashonaland Eagles’ second team in the tournament.


Prince Edward plays host to the Under-16
games while the Under-19s are playing at Eaglesvale.


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