THE final match of the month Spar Bonsa T20 cricket tournament between Blazers and Badgers will be played on Sunday at Old Mutual Heath Streak Academy in Bulawayo.
Last Saturday, the Badgers won by six wickets over the Tigers in the first playoff match to consolidate their position at the top of the log. They booked their semifinal spot against the Hawks, who had beaten the Badgers in the second playoff match.
The third playoff match saw the Raptors put in a great effort, falling just four runs short of the Blazers total. This meant that both teams maintained their positions on the log and booked a repeat match in the semifinal. Fireworks will be expected at the final match as both teams have only lost once in the contest.
Ably led by Thamu Nunu, the leading run scorer in the competition, Badgers are optimistic that they will clinch the coveted title.
a�?Our team is balanced and I think our opponents (Blazers) only rely on two players. If we execute our game plan well, we will definitely come out victorious,a�? Nunu said
He said he is motivated by the fact that his team will face a team which comprises experienced players like Christopher Mpofu and Njabulo Ncube.
a�?We dona��t need any extra motivation than the possibility of beating the likes of Chris. This will be a dream final for me as the leading scorer against my friends, Peter Nyandoro and Malvin Matiwaza,a�? said Nunu.
The Blazersa�� Thabo Mboyi, a veteran cricketer in his own right, said it was no secret that they are facing the leaguea��s favourites but that will not force them to change their game plan.
a�?After beating the Raptors in the semifinals we are strong mentally and physically. The Badgers can bring it on, cricket is a game of surprises,a�? said Mboyi.
The winter competition started in early July featuring six Bulawayo teams featuring drawn from the Bulawayo Metropolitan Cricket Associationa��s leagues and the competition was aimed at keeping local cricketers active since very little action takes place on the domestic front.
Duncan Frost, the Bonsa Spar T20 cricket tournament director, said: a�?this tournament was good in the sense that it gave the guys a chance to keep active during the off-season. We had six teams made up of 15 players each, which translated to 90 guys competing in this tournament.a�?