Mashonaland Eagles

Team Country: Zimbabwe
Team City: Harare, Mashonaland Central province, Zimbabwe
Founded (Year): 2009
Home Ground: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Coach: Stuart Matsikenyeri
Captain: Chamu Chibhabha
Forms of Cricket: First-Class Limited Overs Twenty20
Mashonaland Eagles

Mashonaland Eagles: competitions

Mashonaland Eagles: First-Class Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years Logan Cup Logan Cup 2 2009–10, 2015–16

Mashonaland Eagles: Limited Overs Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years Pro50 Championship Pro50 Championship 1 2011–2012
Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition 0

Mashonaland Eagles: Twenty20 Cricket Competitions

Logo Tournament Wins Years Stanbic Bank 20 Series Stanbic Bank 20 Series 1 2010–11

Mashonaland Eagles: Current Squad

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Mashonaland Eagles: about the Zimbabwe cricket team

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Mashonaland Eagles

The Mashonaland Eagles is one of the main Zimbabwean cricket franchises, with teams are in first-class, ODI and T20 versions. The organization is based in the capital city of Harare in the province of Mashonaland Central. Home matches are held at the central arena of the country – Harare Sports Club.

Mashonaland Eagles: history

The Zimbabwe Cricket decided to take advantage of the changes in ICC standards for recruiting new teams in all forms of first-class, List A and T20 cricket in the 2009-10 season. In total, the organization announced the appearance of 5 new clubs, including the capital-based Mashonaland Eagles.

The debut tournament for the new organization was the 2009-10 Logan Cup, where the newcomer unexpectedly became the favorite. The club started its performances quite confidently, which met the expectations of the majority. In the final, the Mashonaland faced a serious opponent – the Mid West Rhinos, and won thanks to the rule of a higher position in the group, playing at the same time in a draw in regulation time.

Throughout the championship, there was no doubt about the success of the Eagles. The club started in a draw against the Mountaineers, starting a major winning streak. The first is a crushing victory over the Southern Rocks by 234 runs, then over the Matabeleland Tuskers.

The Eagles started the 2009-10 Faithwear Metbank ODI Mash with a flop after a huge victory. The meeting with the Faithwear Metbank turned out to be extremely unsuccessful, so it was only possible to get to the semifinals by finishing third in the group. Failure in the match with the Mid West Rhinos deprived them of this opportunity.

The Mash Eagles began their Twenty20 debut winning over the Matabeleland Tuskers in the 2009-10 Stanbic Bank 20 Series. The team remained highly motivated and in excellent condition, which made it possible to complete the group stage in the first row with 17 points. The Eagles faced the Mountaineers in the semifinals, who turned out to be stronger this time, despite the previous defeat in the face-to-face meeting.

The title defense in the 2010-11 Logan Cup was unsuccessful for the Mash – the team finished in penultimate place in the group, 2 points behind the Southern Rocks. However, the deplorable state was not even in this: the total absence of victories for the entire tournament – all 6 matches ended in a draw.

New tournament – the 2010-11 Metbank Pro40 Championship – and another failure. The Eagles finished the Pro40 at the bottom of the standings with 2 wins in 8 meetings. Naturally, this did not allow them to make it to the semifinals, completing their own performance at the qualifying stage.

After a disastrous start to the 2010-11 season, the Eagles ended the year on an optimistic note with a second hand in the Stanbic Bank 20 Series, while taking the top over their principal opponent, the Mid West Rhinos, made it feel like a win. Thanks to a renewed coaching staff led by Zimbabwean legend Grant Flower and a host of top fielders Andrew Hall, Ryan ten Doeschate, and Nick Compton, the opponents were well-prepared.

Mashonaland Eagles: history

The next season, the 2011-12 Logan Cup Mash opened with victoria over the Southern Rocks. The club continued their successful streak against the Mountaineers, winning 132 runs. In general, the tournament ended for the Eagles on the second line of the overall standings.

Then the Mashonaland started at the Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship, where they won 6 of 8 matches, which allowed them to win the drawing, leaving the group from the first row with 28 points.

One of the most epic moments in the club’s history is the 2011-12 Stanbic Bank 20 Series, where the Eagles hit a perfect 3-match friendly against Kenya. The club’s management did not hide the fact that the Mash was specially signed by star players Ryan ten Doeschate, Peter Trego and Rory Hamilton-Brown within the framework of this series. In fact, they turned out to be the weakest link.

It so happened that they repeated the fate of the Matabeleland Tuskers, who also decided to spend money on superstars Chris Gayle and Paul Horton. However, the last one still managed to win the group stage in the face-to-face confrontation. On the brink of relegation, the Eagles snatched a victory from the Southern Rocks, bringing them back into the fight. It was followed by success in the match with the Mid West Rhinos and passage to the playoffs.

The final confrontation with the obvious favorites Matabeleland ended with a stunning victory with a difference of 23 points in favor of the representatives of Harare. The hero of the match was Ryan ten Doeschate, who almost single-handedly led the Eagles to victory.

Mashonaland Eagles: home stadium

The home arena of the Mashonaland Eagles is the capital arena Harare Sports Club. The stadium is designed for 10 thousand seats, but if necessary, it can be equipped with up to 11 900.

The advantage of the arena is the rotating floodlights, installed back in 2011 in preparation for the August meeting of Zimbabwe – Bangladesh.

In addition, Harare Sports Club is rightfully considered the heart of the city because it is located in the very center of the Zimbabwean capital. The arena, surrounded by trees, looks very picturesque. In addition, it has an advantageous location, which is dictated by the proximity of the presidential palace and the prestigious Royal Harare Golf Club.

The debut Test meeting at Harare Sports Club took place on October 18-22, 1992 between the national teams of Zimbabwe and India. The arena has been the base for the Mashonaland Eagles club since 2009.

Mashonaland Eagles: players

A very promising line-up of Zimbabwean players has been announced for the debut meeting of the new club in the 2009-10 Logan Cup. Key among them were the round Elton Chigumbura, batsmen Ryan Butterworth, Barney Rogers, Cephas Zhuwao, Greg Lamb, wicket-keepers Regis Chakabva and Forster Mutizwa, as well as bowlers Douglas Hondo, Darlington Matambanadzo and Ray Price. In the same season, right before the 2009-10 Stanbic Bank 20 Series tournament, Chris Silverwood joined the team and became a major asset.

The next season, 2010-11, was rich in line-up changes. So the former representative of the Northamptonshire and the South African national team Andrew Hall became the captain, and the coaching staff was entrusted to the once top ex-player Grant Flower. Bowler Charlie Shreck and batsman Nick Compton also joined the team. However, they didn’t enjoy the squad because of the series of failed Logan Cup and Pro40 tournaments.

Elton Chigumbura, who unfortunately decided to continue the Southern Rocks’ career, but was favorably replaced by Forster Mutizwa, was added to the roster at the 2011-12 contract announcement. Newcomers included batsman Sikandar Raza and bowler Nathan Waller. The management regretted that it was impossible to work with Ray Price, who joined the team a little later.

Mashonaland Eagles: players

For the Stanbic Bank Twenty20 tournament, he decided to return to the Chigumbura line-up, although Rory Hamilton-Brown soon replaced his place. The key players were Peter Trego and Ryan ten Doeschate. The Eagles had an excellent championship with this core, finishing second.

At the moment, the composition of the Mash Eagles is as follows.

No. Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 10 July 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
4 Elton Chigumbura 14 March 1984 (age 37) Right-handed Right arm fast medium
20 Cephas Zhuwao 15 December 1984 (age 36) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Tarisai Musakanda 31 October 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium
13 Tinotenda Mutombodzi 21 December 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak googly
Tony Munyonga 31 January 1999 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Chamu Chibhabha
6 September 1986 (age 34) Right-handed Right arm medium
Kudzai Maunze 10 April 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
2 Regis Chakabva 20 September 1987 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Spin Bowlers
Tapiwa Mufudza 20 September 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
Rugare Magarira 27 April 1997 (age 24) Right-handed Slow left-arm wrist-spin
Kudakwashe Munyede 30 April 1991 (age 30) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Pace Bowlers
5 Trevor Garwe 27 June 1986 (age 35) Left-handed Right arm fast-medium
Richard Ngarava 28 December 1997 (age 23) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium
Faraz Akram 3 October 1993 (age 27) Left-handed Right arm medium
Daniel Jakiel 14 November 1990 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Patrick Mambo 15 November 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
Keith Jaure 2 March 1998 (age 23) Left-handed Left arm medium-fast
Blessing Muzarabani 2 October 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium

* international players are in bold.

Nisha Bhavani
Author: Nisha Bhavani Position: Cricket Expert

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