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Batting Disability Away, ZIDAC Sets Sight On Disabled World Cup

DIC-IE Select 53/1 6.3 overs (Elvis 15, Bans 12, Luke 1 for 22) Beat ZIDAC 50 all out (Luke 8, Trevor 3 for 1, Austin 2 for 7) by 9 wickets

Dream come true? Emphatically Yes. They all came from all the four corners of Harare to participate in this epoch-making T20 Match against an experienced side at the Old Hararians on the 22nd of September.

By Lewin Zoe

In their bid to represent the country in the “first of its kind” Disabled World Cup in England next year, the ZIDAC team booked a match to assess how their preparations from the past 4 months have yielded.

With all joy unspeakable the coin was tossed and DIC-IE Select stand-in Captain won the toss and elected to field first.

As if it was a dream,Bhashiri Luke and Magura Jastos came out to bat for their first time ever on a cricket pitch. Indeed it was a time to remember for a lifetime.

Kurwa George became the first to score a boundary in the second over as they got off to a flying-dream start.

DIC-IE spinners were a difficult tusk for ZIDAC debutants as they all crumbled to 50 all out within 15 overs. Luke top scored with 8 as he had a couple of big hits.

In a bid to make the match exciting, DIC-IE sent Vivian Banhire “The Bans” and Austin to open the batting. However, there was Munya to be the first wicket-taker for ZIDAC when he bowled Bans for 12.

Elvis joined Austin and offered some nasty blows that handed DIC-IE Select a well deserved 9 wicket victory.

Tears of Joy were all over their faces as Lewin (The social cricket organizers) applauded their efforts and commended all the good work that had been done thus far.

Mr. Patel, the ZIDAC fixtures secretary had this to say, “We are really moved and felt so loved but how our first ever opponents treated us, we had one of our best days ever and our dream is to have equal playing opportunities and rights”.

Meanwhile, the ZIDAC team will intensify their preparation as they look forward to making their mark at the World Cup next year June. Thanks to Zimbabwe Cricket who offered them training kit and also a place of practice at the highly esteemed Harare Sports Club.

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