Bindura Country Club (BCC) is steadily regaining its sporting status as junior cricket festivals are now an almost weekly show, thanks to the efforts of local parents and the provincial cricket association, who are convinced that the province has potential to produce the next best cricket players.
Two weeks back, Mashonaland Central Cricket Association (MCCA) hosted Zambian Alpha Cricket Academy (ZACA) at BCC.
Another spectacle was staged days later, this time seeing Rockview Cricket Academy claiming the bragging rights in the U14 cricket festival after beating St Aidans of Chitungwiza by 46 runs in a mouth-watering final.
The hosts, MCCA finished in third place at the three-day tournament, owing their success to efforts made by parents and guardians as well as the provincial association.
Organisers and MCCA vice chairperson, Danny Tumozo was full of praise for the intensity and competence displayed by the cricketers.
Financial limitations, however, hindered other clubs from participating.
“I have seen great talent within these young cricketers. They are training very hard and taking their game seriously as compared to the past. Parents and coaches have been putting in resources to ensure the youngsters develop but our appeal is for corporate support so that in future, we host a much bigger tournament,” said Tumozo.
Failure by the Chevrons to qualify for the 2019 World Cup seems to have left a bitter taste for this particular community, whose effects have prompted it to initiate a strong junior development drive, hoping one day to produce national team players of world class calibre.