No bidders for Chevrons trio in SA20 auction

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The Chronicle

Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter

THREE Zimbabwean cricketers that were part of the over 300 international stars for South Africa’s new SA20 league went unsold in an auction that was conducted on Monday in Cape Town. 

Veteran all-rounder Sean Williams, pace bowler Brad Evans and leg spinner Ryan Burl were the only Zimbabweans in the draft for the auction.

Williams was the first from Zimbabwe to be in the frame with a base price of R425 000 but however, found no bidders. Had he been bought, Williams would have been making his second appearance in South African franchise leagues having played for Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League in 2018. 

Sean Williams

Burl and Evans were not picked as well by any of the six franchises in the accelerated auction. The trio are however, part of the Chevrons team for next month’s 2022 T20 World Cup next month in Australia.

South Africa’s T20 captain, Temba Bavuma also went unsold and found no team in the league. 

Meanwhile, Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) who finished sixth in the inaugural Zimbabwe Cyber City Domestic T10 league are happy with the way things went as they intend to use the competition as part of their preparations for the upcoming domestic season. 

Being the only team from Bulawayo in the T10 league, BAC managed to win three games to finish in position six while they were on the losing end four times in the seven encounters they had. 

The team from the City of Kings won the matches against Westside, Gladiators and Takashinga Patriots 2 and they were beaten by eventual champions Great Zimbabwe Patriots, Lions, Harare Kings and Takashinga Patriots 1. 

BAC head coach, Fleming Nkomo however, believes that the tournament was an eye opener for the team especially the young players who got the exposure of playing at the highest level. 

The coach also feels like there are some games they could have won which would have taken them to the top. 

Bulawayo Athletic Club

“I think it was an eye opener especially for the young stars because most of them have never been exposed to such high-quality cricket, yes we would have loved to finish at the top and yes, we feel there are some games we could have won that we lost but I’m sure the boys learnt a lot from the outcomes,” said Nkomo. 

BAC captain for the T10, Nkosana Mpofu also shares the same sentiments as his coach, as he believes that the tournament was a good experience for them and the passion his players showed throughout the campaign was a good sign. 

“The tournament was a good experience as it was the first T10 competition ever played in Zimbabwe, the lads showed a lot of heart and Matabeleland pride on the field which was good to see,” Mpofu said. 

The skipper added: “We made a few mistakes here and there but overall, I’m pretty happy with the performance because a lot of players have come a long way and have improved immensely.” — @brandon_malvin

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