Defending champions Peterhouse successfully retained the annual CABS Twenty20 tournament after beating Harare-based St Johns College by five runs, in a thrilling final held at St Georges College’s Madden Field in Harare on Sunday.
Campbell Saul, the Peterhouse College opening batsman, top scored with a dominant knock of 57 as his school set a competitive 156 for the loss of just three wickets in their allotted 20 overs after batting first.
St Johns College, who carried Harare’s hopes in the final, had done well to stay in the match before Peterhouse seam bowler Tapiwa Gadzikwa took two wickets in the final to give his school their second successive title.
In the end St Johns fell five runs short of the par score, as they were restricted to 150 for nine in their 20 overs.
A total of 12 schools took part in the prestigious event, with a total of 32 matches being played in the three days from Friday to Sunday.
Hosts St Georges College settled for third position ahead of fellow Harare rivals Churchill High who finished in fourth position, while Prince Edward School finished in fifth position.
Peterhouse were ecstatic as they retained the trophy, which they won in last year’s final against St Johns College (South Africa).
“It is very humbling to win it again; we never thought we would because we had such a young side,” Peterhouse captain Daniel Moolman told reporters after the match.
“The final over today was very intense. All credits to (Tapiwa) Gadzikwa. He is always very good at the end and he had a big job to do and he did it well. I would also want to thank everyone who worked hard to ensure that we got here.”
Peterhouse, who are coached by former Zimbabwean international cricket umpire Kevin Barbour, fielded the youngest squad in the tournament with four Form Three pupils.
Harare-based Hellenic Academy put on a decent show in their debut appearance at the tournament. They settled for eight position after losing to South African side St Andrews in the Plate Final.
In its ninth year, the CABS Twenty20 tournament featured three South African schools St. Benedicts, St Andrews and Kingswood College.
A high standard of professionalism has been maintained in the tournament with International Cricket Council (ICC) recognised cricket umpires, Russel Tiffin and Langton Rusere standing in the final matches.
National cricket team players Tinotenda Mawoyo and captain Brendan Taylor also made an appearance.
St Georges College Sports Director, Mini McDonald was delighted with the event’s success.
“This year’s tournament has been bigger and better, which is the CABS’ motto. Generally I think it has been a great success. The standard of cricket has been considerably higher than it has been in the past and that is really due to the fact we had three South African sides this year and the top nine local sides in Zimbabwe.
“One of them has been Hellenic Academy who have come to the party and put a lot of effort in their cricket and made it to the Plate Final which is a huge achievement for them,” said McDonald.
1. Peter House College
2. St Johns College
3. St Georges College
4. Churchill High School
5. Prince Edward High School
6. Falcon College
7. St Andrews College
8. Hellenic School
9. Kingswood College
10. St. Benedicts
11. Gateway School
12. Christian Brother College
Batsman of the tournament: Keegan Liam (Hellenic International Academy)
Best bowler: Jeremy Ives (St Georges)
Best all-rounder: Jeremy Ives (St Georges)
Team Spirit Award – (Falcon College and Prince Edward School)
Most sixes: K. Van Leevwen (Hellenic International Academy School)