Hartmann House Wins Westridge Super 6 Cricket Tourney
Young cricketers battled for honours at the Super 6 Cricket Tourney hosted by Westridge Primary School on Saturday.
Cricket fans who filled the Westridge School grounds were in for a treat as all the six primary schools exhibited great skills with the most exciting game being the final pitting Hartmann House and Twin Rivers.
The two teams stretched the final game for hours as they made history by scoring ties twice, something that the Westridge Primary School sports director said has not been seen in over 11 years.
In the first semi-finals between Alexandra Park and Twin Rivers, Twin Rivers won by 32 runs.
In the second semi-finals, Rydings posted 45 runs and Hartmann chased the total with some balls to spare.
In the final, Hartmann posted 69 runs.
Twin Rivers chased it and also posted 69. The match went to a super over where Hartmann House were defending 11 runs from the six balls they had faced.
Miraculously Twin Rivers posted the same amount of runs. To separate the two teams, each team had to bowl three balls each.
After some tight bowling from Hartmann House, Twin Rivers posted one run.
Hartmann passed the score and won the 2017 edition of the Super 6.
Cricket fans felt both teams should have been awarded championship status as they had displayed great cricket skills, way beyond their age which was even more exciting than seniors cricket league games.
Guest of honour at the tournament was the Zimbabwe Under 19 National Cricket coach Stephen Mangongo.
His camp is currently preparing for the Cricket World Cup in January next year in New Zealand.
Mangongo said he was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the Super 6 Cricket Tourney and encouraged schools to keep hosting such events.
He challenged local manufacturers to also make cricket equipment as all of it is imported, which is a challenge.
“It is of paramount importance that we catch them young and I am so happy with this Westridge cricket tournament.
“Most sports legends across the world started at a young age and having six schools at one tournament is massive,” said Mangongo.
“This tournament serves the right direction as far as giving game time to the young minds.
“It is very important to learn how to score runs and play a competitive game at such a young age.
“I hope as time goes by, the schools will come together and form a synchronized programme to help nurture the talent of the young people.
“One of the major challenges parents, schools and eventually Zimbabwe Cricket Union is facing is that of equipment as all the equipment is imported so I want to dare the local manufacturers to take up this challenge we are encountering.
“The second challenge is of getting qualified coaches who can really teach these kids the correct way to score runs, the correct way to field and bowl,” he said.
Westridge Primary School thanked its sponsors Polywaste, Yogi Plastics, Mospuz Engineering, Mr and Mrs Mapiro, Pure Drop and Speedline Marketing for their unwavering support .
Prizes list for the Super 6 2017:
Best fielders - Dhruv Patel (Twin Rivers), Gamuchirai Chinhoyi- (Alex Park)
Best overall catches - Mario Mutsonzinwa (Twin Rivers), Makuyana (Hartmann House), Gibson Simbarashe – (Barwick)
Biggest 6’s - Benedict Badza (Hartmann House), Chiwonambi (Rydings)
Best wicketkeeper - Tadiwa Mapiro (Westridge)
Runner-up batsman - Tapfuma Mukwazhi (Hartmann House)
Best batsman - Bennedict Badza (Hartmann House)
Best bowler - Akanaka Sachikonye (Twin Rivers)
All-rounder of the tournament - Shivarm Parmer (Twin Rivers)
Overall Champions+ Super 6 Shield – (Hartmann House)