MASVINGO – The Regency Flamboyant Twenty20 cricket tournament is now in its third week running, with the first round of matches having been played at the scenic Triangle Country Club.
The crowd was entertained by some great exhibition of batting by former Zimbabwe A player Tendai Chisoro and young Bob Mudzingwa and the find of the tournament, Blessmore Chigova.
There are six teams taking part in the tournament and it has been a huge success as it has exposed a lot of talented young cricketers and has increased the interest of cricket by the corporate world , players and the general public in Masvingo province.
On average, six T20 matches are played per weekend and it’s now providing some much needed entertainment to the general public since moving to Runyararo Primary School, which is situated in the high-density suburbs of Mucheke. This weekend will see the Chiredzi Kings travel to Masvingo.
Runyararo Stings have already qualified for the finals, but the battle will be between Mucheke Stars and Triangle Bulls as well as Rujeko Renegades for the remaining two teams to play in a play-off match.
Rujeko Renegades are the firm favourites to win the Cup, but their three remaining matches on route to the finals are very tricky, including a play-off match should they qualify.
Mucheke High School pupil Blessmore Chigova is the firm favourite to win both the player of the tournament and batsman of the tournament award, but faces stiff competition from Renegades star batsmen Tendai Chisoro, another Mucheke High School student Cornelius Munyanyiwa and Lavert Masunda.
Jonathan Mbu of Victoria High is the leading wicket taker with 13 wickets, with his outstanding figures of 5 for 13 against Mucheke Stars standing out to be the best bowling figures of the tournament to date.
The tournament is bankrolled by the local Masvingo business community with Regency Flamboyant hotels as the title sponsor.
Retail giant NRichards Group, Mazda Motor Sale, Great Zimbabwe Realtors, DB Stop Over Spar, Thunder Run and Halsteds are some of the major sponsors of the tournament in a gesture that has been applauded by the community of Masvingo. – Correspondent