By Chitownews Reporter- Admire Mutize.
Royal Cricket Club which operated in Chitungwiza celebrated its cricket heroes for the 2017 campaign by hosting its First Awards night ceremony on Saturday evening at local private school in Chitungwiza. Royal Cricket Club won promotion into the Vigne Cup First league of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association in 2017, a feat that has restored Chitungwiza on the cricket world map .
Cremen Zinyama scooped the best bowlers award after bagging 26 wickets in 17 games for Royal Cricket Club and Brighton Chingwaru received the ‘Most promising player award’. The player of the season award was scooped by Tinashe Chimango who lifted a stone carved trophy while the Chairman’s award went to Anesu Mushangwe- a lady cricket player who is playing first team cricket for the Zimbabwe Women cricket team. She could not receive the prize personally as she was in camp with the national side which faced Ireland on Sunday.
The Glitzy a wards ceremony was graced by the Guest of Honour, Mr. Vambe, from the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Recreation who gave the keynote address. He began his address by emphasizing that ‘Sports is a multi-million dollar industry that has a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of communities around the world’. He noted that sporting facilities were inadequate or unavailable or dilapidated in Chitungwiza and stressed that the Ministry is engaging the local Authority to allocate land for sporting infrastructure under its 100 days Rapid Results Initiative.
He also emphasised that the Ministry was prioritising the identification of sports sponsors under the same initiative. He praised Africom, a leading telecommunications company for sponsoring Royal Cricket Club and urged the cricketers to excel for Africom to reap its sponsorship investment as positive publicity.
The Royal Cricket Clubs Chairmain, Mr. Mutusva expressed his gratitude to their sponsors, players, members and well wishers in his address at the end of the Prize-giving ceremony,“I would like to pay my gratitude to everyone for supporting Royal Cricket Club till the end of the season and I am humbled to stand before you and applaud everyone for their support, enthusiasm and cohesion which brought the result we are celebrating today. I say well done coach and your players in the field of play and the board for your administration”.
“Royal Cricket Club seeks to harness the talent we have in our community and expose them in the arena they deserve. We still have a record of players who have representrd us at provincial and national levels since the club was founded. Players like Admire Manyumwa and Tinashe Chimbambo for Zimbabwe ‘A’ side, Tinashe Chimbambo and Tendai Mashonganyika for Zimbabwe U/19 World Cup in 2017, Ngoni Mupamba who is playing cricket in New Zealand and currently Lesley Madhevere and Milton Shumba Zimbabwe U/19 World Cup 2018. Not forgetting the girl child Christabel Chatonzwa and Anesu Mushangwe who represent Zimbabwe with full colours to mention a few”.
“I am hoping that we continue to build lives through sport and as Royal Cricket Club we need a place for practice and matches. It has been a great challenge but with the little resources and open space we got from Fungisai Primary School, helped us to achieve these results and won back the promotion into the 1st league”.
He concluded by appealing to the corporate world to help Royal Cricket Club by finding a home of our own for practice and matches.