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Friday, 20 January 2017 08:49

Cricket: Saints' Zimbabwe Player Stars at Cubs Week

Three years ago an article on a little known 12 year old cricketer living in Zimbabwe read, “…Wesley Madhevere is a name that is likely to set the stage alight in international cricket if the right mentorship and resources are invested in this 12 year old from Chitungwiza.”

At that stage in 2014 this Zimbabwe U13 right hand batsman had just won the Batsman of the Tournament award after notching up three half centuries at the end of a Junior Cricket Club Festival in Benoni, South Africa.

As talented as Madhevere was as a 12 year old he still had a long way to go before he could live up to that expectation of setting the ‘stage alight’ on the international cricketing level, he also needed the right mentorship and facilities.

Happily the now 16 year old has added to his reputation and is getting ever nearer to playing for Zimbabwe and much of his recent success is thanks to his move to South Africa where he is attending St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg. Exposed to top class facilities and coaching Madhevere has blossomed to become an excellent cricketer who could realistically become a star for his country of birth.

This year Wesley Madhevere, a Grade 10 student at Saints, represented Zimbabwe at the Cubs Week in Cape Town. Wesley ended up with impressive stats as he was the leading wicket taker after 5 games. In the 5 matches, Wesley bowled 48.2 overs taking 16 wickets with an economy of 3.95. In two of his games, he bowled particularly well; he faced the Cobras Cubs, bowling 7.2 overs, taking 5 for 20, and followed up with a 4 for 34 in 11 overs against Warriors Cubs. Due to his performances, Wesley has been selected to represent the Zimbabwe U19 team. The team will be playing in a tri-series against South Africa and Sri Lanka in Cape Town.

He is no stranger to the Zimbabwe U19 team and in 2016 was a member of the Zim U19 team who participated in the U19 World Cup a team that came so close to beating the West Indies in the infamous ‘Mankad’ incident.

Wesley’s journey has been a long and tough one, starting as a Form 2 pupil in Zimbabwe and having to make the long walk to Seke High 1 to get some cricket exposure as his school did not offer the sport due to lack of resources.

Those difficulties are now behind him as he plays on the lush fields of KwaZulu-Natal against some of the best school boy cricketers in the South Africa.

The 16 year old is now that much closer to fulfilling expectations placed on him as a 12 year old and we look forward to seeing how he helps the St. Charles College First XI this season.

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