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Mountaineers cricket team: about the Zimbabwe cricket team
The Mountaineers cricket team / Mountaineers is one of the leading Zimbabwean cricket franchises with active participation in first-class format matches. The club represents the Mashonaland East region and is based in Manicaland. It plays home matches at the Mutare Sports Club stadium.
Mountaineers cricket team: history
After the discipline fell into decay, Zimbabwe Cricket radically changed the situation by introducing new commands in all forms (the first-class, the List A, the T20). Thus, one of the five leading clubs in the country was founded – The Mountaineers cricket team in 2009.
Mountaineers cricket team: debut season
The team made their debut at the 2009/10 Logan Cup, where they finished third in the group with 3 wins in 12 matches. The first two meetings ended in a draw, then the first victory in the history of the club over the Southern Rocks was obtained.
Participation in the next tournament, Metbank One-Day Competition 2009/10, turned out to be quite successful for the Mountaineers. The club loudly declared itself, becoming the champion with 6 wins in 8 matches. The winners of the semifinal meeting practically declassified far from the weakest opponent (the Southern Rocks), and most of the club’s players managed to score points: the Masakadza (44), the Mawoyo (40), the Matsikenyeri (36), the Masakadza (20).
The final confrontation with the Mid West Rhinos began unsuccessfully for the Mountaineers. The team was behind with a large difference in the score, but the captain Prosper Utseya set a positive example, earning the first team points (3-24). Then, the effective interaction of the Utseya – Shingirai Masakadza (41) team inspired confidence in the Mountaineers, which led to the victory.
Despite the loud victoria, the next Stanbic Bank 20 Series 2009-10 tournament was not unambiguous for the club from the group stage. The precarious position was associated with 3 wins in 5 matches, while the group leaders (the Mashonaland Eagles) won 4 of 5 meetings. The Mountaineers only made it to the finals, where they scored a big win thanks to points from Masakadza (64) and Taibu (37).
Mountaineers cricket team: line-up
The team began their debut season 2009-10 with performances in the Logan Cup. At that time, the roster consisted entirely of Zimbabwean players. The captain Hamilton Masakadza, Timycen Maruma, Tatenda Taibu (later transferred to the Matabeleland Tuskers) and the promising Prosper Utseya were the team’s keys.
As part of Stanbic Bank 20 Series 2011/12, Australian star bowler Dirk Nannes joined the club from the Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL). However, the first major contract was signed not with him but with the South African player Greg Smith.
The next season was rich in line-up changes. Former South African player Allan Donald was appointed as coach, and the team was joined by Sean Ervine, Jonathan Beukes, Lance Klusener and reliable pitcher Liam Dawson.
For the 2020/21 season, the Mountaineers line-up looked like this:
|No.||Name||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|3||Timycen Maruma||19 April 1988 (age 33)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break googly|
|Innocent Kaia||10 July 1992 (age 29)||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Kevin Kasuza||20 June 1993 (age 28)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|12||Tino Mawoyo||8 January 1986 (age 35)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium fast|
|10||Hamilton Masakadza||9 August 1983 (age 37)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Tinashe Chimbambo||8 February 1989 (age 32)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Roy Kaia||10 October 1991 (age 29)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Forster Mutizwa||24 July 1985 (age 35)||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|Tafadzwa Tsiga||13 July 1994 (age 26)||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Richmond Mutumbami||11 June 1989 (age 32)||Right-handed||Right-arm offbreak|
|Joylord Gumbie||25 December 1995 (age 25)||Right-handed|
|Wellington Masakadza||4 October 1993 (age 27)||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|13||Natsai M’shangwe||9 February 1991 (age 30)||Right-handed||Leg break|
|15||Donald Tiripano||17 March 1988 (age 33)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Captain|
|11||Shingirai Masakadza||4 September 1986 (age 34)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast medium|
|Victor Nyauchi||8 June 1992 (age 29)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|William Mashinge||6 October 1996 (age 24)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|2||Tendai Chatara||28 February 1991 (age 30)||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
* international players are in bold.