MANICALAND cricket franchise, The Mountaineers have shifted their focus from the Pro50 Championship which they deservedly won last weekend and are now eyeing a treble, only if they can attain the same feat in the Logan Cup and T20 competitions.
The tenacious Mountaineers retained the Pro50 Championship trophy after getting the better of Rhinos last weekend.
The Mountain Goats won by a single run in the final that went down to the last delivery at Kwekwe Sports Club.
Mountaineers general manager, Terry Nyakurimwa told Post Sport that the team was inspired by the fans and sponsors throughout the Pro50 journey.
“It is always special to retain the championship as we did. Take a look at the other sides, you will see that they played some brilliant cricket, but that never give up instinct was what got us through. The team was inspired by the fans and sponsors throughout the journey,” he said.
Nyakurimwa paid tribute to the endurance exhibited by the Manicaland franchise in the Pro50 campaign.
“A key moment was when we tied against Alliance Health Eagles because we took three wickets in a row. It shows the mental strength the boys have and it came through again in a nerve breaking ending to the final. We have a very good team that can adopt to challenges.
“Rhinos put up a calculated chase. I must say the standard of cricket on display is high from all teams. Our strength comes from great teamwork and togetherness,” he said.
The Mountaineers general manager is happy that their squad will be bolstered with the return of players who were away on national duty at the T20 World Cup in Australia as well as the arrival of Ben Compton who was playing county cricket in England.
“We are surely going for the treble this season as we welcome Tendai Chatara, Tonny Munyonga and Wellington Masakadza from the T20 World Cup. Ben Compton also joins from Kent County Club in England,” he said.