THE battle for superiority on the Zimbabwean and South African schoolboy cricket scene resumes at the end of this month when 10 local schools and touring sides from neighbouring Mzansi descend on Hararea��s St Georgea��s College for the 15th edition of the annual Cabs-sponsored St Georgea��s Twenty20 Cricket Tournament.
In a statement St Georgea��s College said:
a�?In August St Georgea��s College will host the CABS Sponsored annual T20 Cricket Festival. This year the tournament will feature top Zimbabwean and South African cricket schools. The cricket tournament lends itself to exciting, often high-scoring matches, which boost the standard of schoolboy cricket locally and regionally.a�?
Last year, Zimbabwean sides that include St Johna��s College, Peterhouse, Prince Edward, Churchill, Gateway, Kyle College, Hellenic Academy, Falcon College and CBC, as well as St Charles and St Benedicts from South Africa took part in the contest.
An added attraction last year was former South Africa opening batsman and 2011 World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten, who held the question and answer session with some of the participants at the tournament at Hartmann House on the first evening of the tournament.
The St Georgea��s Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, which is undoubtedly the leading Zimbabwe schools cricket competition and one of the best on the continent, is now in its 15th year, with CABS as the principal sponsor, once again.
The size of the festival has increased because globally, this format of the game has grown into a far more exciting version for spectators.
Many well-known international cricketers have previously played at the festival, including Old Georgians Sam Curran, who plays for England, and Colin de Grandhomme, who plays for New Zealand; Gary Ballance who attended Peterhouse and now plays for England, and Ryan Burl, also of Peterhouse, who made a huge contribution of more than 160 runs for his school when it reached a previous T20 final.