HARARE – ST AIDENS Primary School cricketer Tapiwa Marumani wants to follow in the footsteps of his role model, Vusi Sibanda the Zimbabwe cricket team top order batsman.
The 12-year-old Marumani was voted Player of the Tournament during the inaugural Rocview Cricket Academy (RCA) Under-13 tourney held at Glen View 3 Primary recently.
The 10-overs aside tournament saw six teams participating namely Glen View 3 Primary, Shiriyedenga from Glen Norah, Manyame, Zengeza 4 Primary, St Aidens and host Rocview.
RCA is a Glen View-based academy established by Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) development coaches Leonard Nhamburo and Mike Chisetera together with local volunteers from the surrounding areas.
Other people instrumental in the establishment of the Academy are Brighton Mhembere and Tonderai Makoni together with Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association board member Enock Ikope.
During the tournament, Marumani scored a massive 231 runs including an unbeaten 116 to end the competition with an average of 57.75.
The young batsman-in-making received a bat, certificate and a Mashonaland Eagles branded wrist band.
Nigel Chisetera and Milton Shumba were named best batsman and best bowler respectively of the tournament.
“I hope to do well in my grade seven exams at the end of the year and possibly get a cricket scholarship to Churchill high school where I know my game will be guaranteed of continuity,” Marumani told the Daily News on Sunday.
“My favourite cricket player is Vusi, I like his style of play and his presence at the tournament really inspired me.
“Meeting him goes down as one of the most memorable days of my life. Much thanks goes to my coach and team mates for their support and without them I wouldn’t have performed so well.”
Sibanda together with his Zimbawe teammate Shingi Masakadza were present at the tournament and gave motivational speeches to the young participants.
The tournament attracted a number of sponsors, who included Glen View’s Regal Pharmacy, Bing Bong Logistics, ZC together with their affiliate Mashonaland Eagles and Rajan Nayer, who was the main financier.
Glenshire Cricket Club players who are playing in the Vigne Cup league participated as umpires and scorers during the tournament.