Coca-Cola Metbank Pro50 Championship
|Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and knockout|
|Number of teams||5|
|Current champion||Southern Rocks (1st title)|
|Most successful||Easterns (3 titles)|
|Most runs||Tino Mawoyo (758)|
|Most wickets||Natsai Mushangwe (33)|
|Website||Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship 2011/12|
|2011-12 Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship|
The Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship, formerly known as the Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition or the Metbank Pro40 Championship, or the Faithwear Inter-Provincial Tournament is the premier List A cricket tournament in Zimbabwe, organized by Zimbabwe Cricket. This tournament was started after Zimbabwean cricket crisis, recommended by the International Cricket Council or ICC. It is jointly sponsored by Metbank and Coca-Cola.
- 1 Participating teams
- 2 Former Teams
- 3 Tournaments
- 3.1 2002/03 season
- 3.2 2003/04 season
- 3.3 2004/05 season
- 3.4 2005/06 season
- 3.5 2006-07 season
- 3.6 2007/08 season
- 3.7 2008/09 season
- 3.8 2009/10 season
- 3.9 2010/11 season
- 3.10 2011/12 season
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Before the reorganization of cricket in Zimbabwe, this tournament was known as the Faithwear Inter-Clothing Tournament or Faithwear Inter-Provincial One-Day Series.
- Champions: Mashonaland
- Runners-up: Manicaland
- Official Website: 2002/03 Faithwear Inter-Provincial Series on ESPNCricinfo
Four teams participated in this inaugural tournament (before the Zimbabwean cricket crisis). They included Mashonaland, Manicaland, Matabeleland and Midlands. Star players like Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Guy Whittall, Mluleki Nkala, Craig Wishart, Henry Olonga, Heath Streak, Stuart Carlisle, Craig Wishart, Sean Ervine and Brian Murphy took part in this tournament.
Mashonaland won the tournament, defeating Midlands chasing a target over 300. It was quite unsurprising considering that the Mashonaland team had both the Flower brothers on their side. When Midlands batted first, Craig Wishart led the way with 121. He got valuable support from the top order that included Terry Duffin, Travis Friend and Dougie Marillier. After Wishart's departure Sean Ervine hit a lightning unbeaten fifty that took the score to an imposing 300/5. Midlands began their fielding display well, dismissing both openers with the score at 31, but no match is won unless the Flower brothers are dismissed. Both the brothers struck centuries at better than a run-a-ball, in an unbroken partnership of 279 runs. So dominant were they that they still had 28 balls spare when the winning runs were scored. With Manicaland losing in Bulawayo, Mashonaland were crowned the inaugural Faithwear One-Day Series champions, winning five of their matches, against three each by Matabeleland and Manicaland.
- Champions: Mashonaland
- Runners-up: Midlands
- Official Website: 2003/04 Faithwear Inter-Provincial One-Day Series on ESPNCricinfo
Mashonaland successfully retained their title in this tournament, coasting to victory by six wickets against Midlands in the final. Midlands had a steady opening partnership only to see a middle-order collapse and were bowled out for 168. Mashonaland coasted to the victory with Elton Chigumbura scoring 49*.
Mashonaland had also finished first in their group.
- Champions: Matabeleland
- Runners-up: Namibia
For this season, Namibia was added to the number of participating teams. They immediately made an impression, finishing runners-up finishing behind only champions Matabeleland. Matabeleland easily was the strongest team in the tournament, and the team particularly weakened was Mashonaland who finished bottom of the group league, as they were coupled by the loss of the Flower brothers, after the player walkout of 2004.
Matabeleland won the tournament after their fourth successive victory against Midlands by 58 runs. After Sean Williams's 61 ensured they reached 222, Midlands were bowled out for 164, with Keith Dabengwa taking 4-20. On the other hand, a shell-shocked Mashonaland side who had finished bottom of the league, called back 2004 rebels Trevor Gripper and Neil Ferreira who had performed well in club cricket (although it is unclear whether Zimbabwe Cricket approved their selection). Both Gripper and Ferreira led Mashonaland to victory, with Gripper scoring 71 and Ferreira 45. They beat Manicaland by 14 runs, but it was nothing more than just a consolation.
Particularly, Matabeleland's Mark Vermeulen had a wonderful tournament being the top run-getter with 271 runs at a vastly impressive average of 90.33 and a top score of 105. Christopher Mpofu also rose to prominence by being the top wicket-taker with 11 wickets.
- Champions: Matabeleland
- Runners-up: Masvingo
- Official Website: 2005/06 Faithwear Inter-Provincial One-Day Series on ESPNCricinfo
This was the last tournament played with the traditional teams, with Masvingo being an additional team now. Masvingo repeated Namibia's newcomer success the previous season by finishing at the same second place behind champions Matabeleland. Matabeleland once again retained the title they won the previous season. Mashonaland's performances were better than it was last year, finishing in fourth place, but it was no where near the peaks it once ruled.
In the series decider between Matabeleland and Masvingo, the Matabeles retained the title at a canter, crushing their opponents by eight wickets. Masvingo never recovered from the early heap of wickets and only Robertson Chinyengetere (34) built any substantial innings as Tawanda Mupariwa (3/29) and Greg Strydom (4/20) did most of the damage. The Matabeles were given a solid start by Terry Duffin (20) and Tinashe Hove (56*) as Matabeleland romped to the win with more than 23 overs spare. The result meant that they won all the four matches they played.
After the Zimbabwean cricket season of 2005/06, Cricinfo reporter Steven Price wrote an article describing the season detail-by-detail.
After the Faithwear Cup was over, John Ward wrote on Cricinfo an article named "A brief history of Zimbabwe cricket". Here, he ended the article by saying that,"The 2005-06 Logan Cup never took place after a disastrous Faithwear Trophy when sides were so feeble as to be embarrassing. ZC revamped the system, removed Mashonaland and Matabeleland (two of the leading opponents of the Chingoka regime) and unveilled a new competition for 2006-07."
- Champions: Easterns
- Runner-up: Northerns
- Official Website: 2006/07 Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial Tournament at Cricinfo
The Faithwear series went without any glitches in 2007, with the Mashonaland selection issues having been, for the most part, buried. While the quality of cricket wasn't all that high, there were some close contests, such as Centrals last ball win over Westerns, thanks to Solomon Mire's 79 not out, and Westerns 2 run victory over Southerns. But there were also some absolute drubbings, with the class of Easterns too much for Southerns, who lost with 117 balls remaining, and Westerns 88 run win, bowling Northerns out for just 133.
For 50 over matches, Zimbabwe Cricket would have been disappointed that the average score was in the low 200's. Centrals 8/263 from 43 overs, thanks to a 94 run slog from Solomon Mire - who smashed 5 sixes and 7 fours in his 67 balls - was the highest score of the competition.
However, the countries top cricketers were involved in the ICC World Cup in the West Indies, leaving the second tier - such as Tino Mawoyo, Graeme Cremer and Timycen Maruma - with more responsibility than they could handle. The absence of the big name players would have almost certainly been behind the series of low scores throughout the tournament.
- Champions: Easterns
- Runner-up: Centrals
- Official Website: 2007/09 Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial Tournament at Cricinfo
The Faithwear series ran successfully after many delays which saw the series postponed several months. Unfortunately, the quality of cricket was not all that high, with teams still struggling to score well.
For the second year running, Zimbabwe Cricket would have been disappointed that the average score in these 50 over matches was just over 140.
The only decent scores of the series came from Centrals and Easterns. Centrals scored 6/237 in their loss to Easterns, with Easterns scoring 2/197, thinks to Timycen Maruma's 83, from 31 overs due to Duckworth-Lewis.
Easterns also brought their A game to the "final". The final match of the series was between Northerns and Easterns, who both on equal number of wins, were essentially playing for the title. Easterns scored 9/249, the highest total of the series, which was too much for Northerns who struggled, scoring just 157.
After the end of the tournament, Steven Price reported on Cricinfo about the state of cricket in Zimbabwe, where top Zimbabwean cricketers have resorted to black market hustling to survive.
- Champions: Easterns
- Runner-up: Westerns
- Official Website: 2008/09 Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial One-Day Tournament at Cricinfo
It was the Faithwear series that kicked off the official domestic cricket season in Zimbabwe for 2008-09. This season saw the exclusion of Southerns, the feeling being that reducing the domestic competitions to 4 teams would increase the quality of cricket being played as a result of greater competition for squad places. This turned out to be very accurate with some very promising performances.
Centrals, who gained many of Southerns former players, became a much more competitive team, posting 3 scores over 200; Easterns, Northerns and Westerns only reached 200 twice. Despite this, Centrals won the wooden spoon. It was Easterns who continued their domestic dominance with 5 wins from their 6 matches (the other match was abandoned), winning the Faithwear cup.
The big news from this series was Mark Vermeulen's return to cricket. After burning down the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy in late 2006 his cricket career appeared to be over. But after being granted a second chance by Zimbabwe Cricket, he made his comeback in the 2008-09 Faithwear series.
Many players missed the beginning of the tournament due to the Zimbabwe A tour of Namibia and South Africa.
The following tournaments happened after the reorganization of Zimbabwean cricket:
- Main Article: 2009–10 Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition
- Winner: Mountaineers
- Official Website: 2009/10 Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition
The first tournament held after reorganization of Zimbabwean cricket was in 2009-10. The inaugural opening match was played between eventual champions Mountaineers and Mashonaland Eagles. Mountaineers won the match by 4 wickets.
In the 1st Semi-Final, Mid West Rhinos qualified for the finals after defeating the Eagles. In the 2nd Semi-Final, Mountaineers defeated the Rocks to get into the final. In the final played at Mutare Sports Club, Mountaineers managed a narrow three-wicket victory in a thoroughly competitive game against the Rhinos to win the tournament. Chasing the Rhino's paltry total of 144, Mountaineers slipped to 66/7 before a brilliant fightback by tailenders Shingirai Masakadza (41*) and captain Prosper Utseya (30*) took them to victory.
|Mid West Rhinos||8||5||3||0||0||20||+0.073|
221/9 (50 overs)
Mid West Rhinos
222/8 (46.3 overs)
- Mid West Rhinos, who chose to field
131 (39.5 overs)
134/3 (19.5 overs)
- Mountaineers, who chose to field
Mid West Rhinos
144 (35.5 overs)
149/7 (37.5 overs)
- Mountaineers, who chose to field
- Mountaineers won the Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition
Tino Mawoyo was the tournament's highest run-getter with 424 runs at an average of 60.57, while Natsai Mushangwe was the tournament's highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps to his name, taken at an average of 11.42.
- Squads: For more information on squads for this tournament, see Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition Squads
- For more information on statistics for this tournament, see:Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition Statistics
For this season, the tournament was renamed as the Metbank Pro40 Championship. It was won by a star-studded and a pre-tournament favourite Southern Rocks. They defeated the Mid West Rhinos in the final by a massive eight wickets at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. The Rhinos had now reached two finals in two consecutive tournaments, only to lose. Rocks opener Sikandar Raza's brilliant 44 further made a case for his consideration for selection by the Zimbabwean national selectors. The Rocks side had contained stars such as Steve Tikolo, Chamu Chibhabha, Raza, Craig Ervine, Blessing Mahwire, Alester Maregwede, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tatenda Taibu and Brian Vitori.
The first semi-final at Harare was won by eventual champions Rocks who decimitated the Matabeleland Tuskers batting line-up. The Tuskers were shot out for 94, with Brian Vitori of the Rocks leading the way with a five-wicket haul. The second semi, played between the Mountaineers and Mid West Rhinos at Harare signalled the elimination of defending champions Mountaineers. After the Rhinos compiled a gettable total of 200/6 with Malcolm Waller getting a 54 and a late fightback by the tail which saw Solomon Mire compile 45*, Mountaineers were shot out for 84 with spinner Graeme Cremer finishing with 4/13. The final at Harare was won by the Rocks by eight wickets.
|Mid West Rhinos||8||2||3||0||3||14||−0.454|
Mid West Rhinos
200/6 (40 overs)
84 (25 overs)
- Mountaineers, who chose to field
94 (31.1 overs)
97/1 (20.3 overs)
- Matabeleland Tuskers, who chose to bat
Mid West Rhinos
151 (36.4 overs)
155/2 (34.5 overs)
- Southern Rocks, who chose to field
- Southern Rocks won the Metbank Pro40 Championship
- For more information on squads for this tournament: Metbank Pro40 Championship Squads
- For more information on statistics for this tournament, see:Metbank Pro40 Championship Statistics
- Official Website: Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship 2011/12
- Winners: Tournament in progress
After a 40-over tournament in 2010/11, the tournament was again increased to a 50-over a side affair. The new sponsors of the tournament was cold drinks brand Coca-Cola. The tournament is currently in progress, in the round robin. So far, Mashonaland Eagles are at the top of the group. They are having a 100% record by winning four out of four played matches. As of proceedings so far, Stuart Matsikenyeri is the top run-getter with 227 runs, while Mark Mbofana is the top wicket-taker with 6 wickets.
|Mid West Rhinos||3||1||1||1||0||7||-0.538|
Source: "Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship Fixtures" Cricinfo.
Match of the tournament
Perhaps the match of the tournament was between Southern Rocks and Mid West Rhinos. It was a brilliantly played, competitive tied match with the scores finishing level, the first tie in the history of the tournament. After brilliant innings by Vusi Sibanda, Gary Ballance, Brendan Taylor, and Malcolm Waller's fiery 86 off 59 ensured the Rhinos reached an imposing total of 305/8. The start of the Rocks' innings lacked the same fluency but Tatenda Taibu's brilliant century in which he shared a 166-run stand with Robertson Chinyengetere tilted the match in their favour. Needing 77 from under 12 overs, the Rocks' had a mini-collapse instituted by Simon Mugava but Tendai Chisoro's rapid 29 took Rocks' close before a last-ditch effort by Hilary Matanga ensured the scores finished level. On the other hand, Stuart Matsikenyeri's century for Mashonaland Eagles on the same day ensured they defeated Mountaineers. The Eagles solidified their position on the top of the group with this win.
- For more information on squads for this tournament, see: Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship Squads
- For more information on statistics for this tournament, see: Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship Statistics
- Most Runs in all tournaments: Tino Mawoyo (758)
- Most Wickets in all tournaments: Natsai Mushangwe (33)
- Most Catches in all tournaments: Tatenda Taibu (15)
- Most Stumpings in all tournaments: Tatenda Taibu (6)
- Highest ever total: Mashonaland Eagles 308/5 vs Mid West Rhinos, 2011/12
- Lowest ever total: Matabeleland Tuskers 5/1 vs Mid West Rhinos, 2010/11
- Largest victory margin (by runs): Mashonaland Eagles won by 139 runs vs Mid West Rhinos, 2011/12
- Smallest victory margin (by runs): Southern Rocks won by 3 runs vs Mid West Rhinos, 2009/10
- Highest individual score: Gary Ballance 135* vs Mashonaland Eagles for Mid West Rhinos, 2010/11
- Best bowling figures: Brian Vitori 5/26 (7.1 overs) vs Matabeleland Tuskers for Southern Rocks, 2010/11 (Semi-Finals)
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