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121. brmtaylor.com exclusive: Tafadzwa Mpofu interview
brmtaylor.com recently caught up with Tafadzwa Mpofu, the 22 year old Centrals province batsman. He made his First Class debut for Midlands in 2003-04, and his domestic one-day debut in the Faithwear series of 2007 for Centrals.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 26, 2008
122. Key injuries cause major setbacks
Injuries to Sean Williams, Vusi Sibanda and Gary Brent leave Zimbabwe in a difficult position ahead of the Standard Bank Pro20 series in South Africa.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 23, 2008
123. Easterns win Twenty20 tournament amid controversy
The Easterns controversial win in the Metropolitan Bank Twenty20 tournament is the talk of the Zimbabwe cricket community, with Steven Price at Cricinfo suggesting that the Easterns have been given the best players in order to persuade the public to think that there is player depth and strength outside of Harare and Bulawayo.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 22, 2008
124. Easterns set for Twenty20 title
The Zimbabwe Cricket Twenty20 tournament has been taking place this week. Teams are playing up to two matches every day, the first beginning at 9AM local, and the second at 2PM local, the games split between the Country Club (Zimbabwe Cricket Academy ground) and Harare Sports Club.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 21, 2008
125. Charles Coventry smashes triple century
Playing for Pretoria High School Old Boys in the South African Northern Premiers League, Charles Coventry broke all sorts of records during his 320 run knock. It is the Zimbabwean batsman's first triple century in any form of cricket.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 11, 2008
126. The Logan Cup is coming to town
All the excitement of the Logan Cup is returning for 2008, and this year promises more action than ever. Zimbabwe's national team players are expected to be available for at least the first round of the competition, meaning potentially the highest quality competition since the early 2000's.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 08, 2008
127. Zimbabwe vs Warriors in pictures
Zimbabwe clenched defeat in the face of victory. After getting off to a flyer, Hamilton Masakadza was in complete control befoer being dismissed for 92. The middle and lower orders buckled, and Zimbabwe fell well short of a competitive total.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 05, 2008
128. Zimbabwe score third win of the tournament
Hamilton Masakadza paved the way for Zimbabwe's third MTN championship victory with a magnificent allround performance against the Bizhub Lions at Harare Sports Club. Currently in this tournament, Zimbabwe have won every match they have played in Harare, and lost every match they have played elsewhere, including Bulawayo.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on March 03, 2008
129. Injured Taylor misses Zimbabwe win
Zimbabwe beat Cape Cobras by 39 runs at Harare Sports Club but were without star batsman Brendan Taylor. Taylor was forced to miss the match due to a hand injury, which he sustained when he fell during practice. An X-ray ruled out any serious damage to his hand, which is badly bruised and swollen. He will receive ongoing treatment to ease the swelling and regain hand movement.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on February 18, 2008
130. Zimbabwe Provinces embarassed by North West
Due to a sporting declaration by North West in the 3-day match, Zimbabwe Provinces almost pulled off an amazing victory thanks to a 20 ball half century from captain Stuart Matsikenyeri. However, they ran out of time and had to settle for a draw - which was the most likely result from day 1 after rain interfered. The one day match was not so exciting.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on February 17, 2008
131. Faithwear and T20 series postponed
This season, Bulawayo will play host for the week long one-day tournament. Last year, the Harare Sports Club and Country Club (Zimbabwe Cricket Academy) hosted the tournament. The Bulawayo matches will be split between Queens Sports Club and Bulawayo Athletic Club. The recently built Emakhandeni ground was left off the itinery.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on February 14, 2008
132. 100 match milestone for BRM Taylor as Zimbabwe lose to Warriors
Zimbabwe were defeated by 6 wickets by the Warriors in the first MTN Championship match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, but there is no cause for concern yet - we must remember that Sri Lanka lost a 50 over match to Tasmania several weeks ago by a larger margin.
Posted by brmtaylor.com on February 11, 2008
133. "Aurelia" album by Henry Olonga
In 1995 when he made his Test match debut for Zimbabwe, Henry Olonga had no idea that 8 years later he would be part of the history of Zimbabwe. Due to politics, the black arm band display with Andy Flower closed the doors on two first class careers and since the loss of Olonga and Flower, and a further dozen or so "rebels" Zimbabwe cricket has been weakened.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on February 09, 2008
134. Pakistan demolish Zimbabwe in the final ODI
Zimbabwe managed to score just 183 in their innings, a score they would not have got near if it wasn't for a recovery effort by Brendan Taylor who scored 50 - his thirteenth ODI half century. Scorers later revealed they had made an error and he was out for 49.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on February 02, 2008
135. Westerns announce preliminary squad
Westerns province have recently announced their squad for the upcoming Logan Cup First Class tournament, Faithwear Cup one-day series and the Metropolitan Bank Twenty20 series. The squad, notably missing Tinashe Hove who was also dropped by Bulawayo Athletic Club for the National League final, has recently been training at Queens Sports Club under coach Chris Phiri.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 28, 2008
136. Price brilliance not enough to save Zimbabwe
Despite a late charge by the Zimbabweans, when they forced Pakistan to a required run rate of 5 an over, the team was exposed by a lack of bowling depth. Prosper Utseya injured his hamstring batting and was unable to bowl. His participation in the rest of the series is now in doubt. With the captain off the field, Tatenda Taibu capained the team for a period, as did Gary Brent, the regular vice captain. Stranger still, Hamilton Masakadza spoke to the media after the match.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 24, 2008
137. Exclusive: Takashinga vs Bulawayo Athletic Club, Match report
For the second year running, Takashinga Cricket Club has won the National League final. The boys from the Highfield were not at full strength, with many of their squad in Pakistan with the Zimbabwean national team, such as Prosper Utseya, Timycen Maruma and Elton Chigumbura. Their opponents, Bulawayo Athletic Club, were without the services of medium pace bowler Tawanda Mupariwa.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 23, 2008
138. Taylor to play as an opener, Maruma rumoured to make ODI return
Finally, the Masakadza experiment will come to an end. For the past few matches, Hamilton Masakadza has been promoted to open the innings with Vusi Sibanda, due to his near perfect technique. However, the radical move - which occurred strangely after Brendan Taylor had been having so much success in the position - will come to an end on Monday. We have now received confirmation that Brendan Taylor will return to the opening position, and Hamilton Masakadza will return to the middle order.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 19, 2008
139. So many spinners
Timycen Maruma showed the recognised batsmen how it's done yesterday in the tour match against a PCB Patrons XI. Top scoring in the second innings with 71, he was also Zimbabwe's highest individual scorer in the match, Brendan Taylor coming close behind with a first innings 64.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 18, 2008
140. Peter Chingoka spoke to Cricinfo
For the past year or so, Zimbabwe Cricket have refused to speak to Cricinfo.com. There is a growing belief, but still unconfirmed officially, that this stance has changed following a quote on the Cricinfo website.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 12, 2008
141. SuperSport Challenge wrap-up
South Africa Composite XI were really no match for Zimbabwe. And a depleted Zimbabwe team at that, at various times without the class of Sean Williams, the nagging accuracy of Gary Brent and the showmanship of Brendan Taylor. Zimbabwe won the SuperSport Challenge 3-0, and were rarely challenged.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 07, 2008
142. ICC World Twenty20 2009 - Minus Zimbabwe?
British prime minister Gordon Brown has taken a tough stance on Zimbabwe and the Mugabe regime, and it appears the sanctions will also spread to the cricket field. It is becoming increasingly likely that the British government will ban the Zimbabwe team from entering the UK in 2009, a move which would see the ECB avoid fines from the ICC.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on January 03, 2008
143. Christmas comes for Brendan Taylor
His heroics during the ICC World Twenty20 continue to grab peoples attention. Because of Brendan Taylor's match winning 60 not out from just 45 deliveries against Australia, he was nominated by Cricinfo.com's panel of experts in the best Twenty20 batsman of 2007 category.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 25, 2007
144. The A-Z of Zimbabwe cricket in 2007
A - Anthony Ireland retires from international cricket to pursue a county career.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 23, 2007
145. Zimbabwe defeat Composite XI again
For the second time running, Zimbabwe have defeated the South African Composite XI. This match was played in Paarl at Boland Park, which frankly, isn't up to domestic standard, let alone a semi-international match such as this. Both Zimbabwe and SAC XI were bowled out for under 100 at least once in the match.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 22, 2007
146. Zimbabwe announce squad for second SuperSport Challenge match
The week started with controversy, with some Zimbabwe Cricket officials claiming the inclusions of Raymond Price and Sean Williams meant the team was biased on racial grounds. As it turns out, the concern was because 5 players of the 17 man squad, less than a third, was white.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 19, 2007
147. National League final delayed
Word from inside Zimbabwe is that the National League final is due to be held next year, in the second week of January. The actual dates are believed to be January 12 and 13.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 16, 2007
148. brmtaylor.com exclusive: Freedom Takarusenga interview
Freedom Takarusenga, who plays for Bulawayo Athletic Club in the National League and the Westerns in the Logan Cup, has taken the time to give Brmtaylor.com an exclusive one-on-one interview. We talk about his hunger to play cricket at the highest level, his amazing success in the lead up to the National League this year when he scored 134 in a 2 day match, and his role in the development of cricket in Bulawayo through his own cricket club.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 08, 2007
149. Zimbabwe vs West Indies, the story so far
Three matches in to the series, and Zimbabwe have been a mixed bag. With one win and two losses, a series victory looks unlikely, but not impossible. Should Zimbabwe make minor structural changes and spend more time waiting for the good balls, Zimbabwe could make a series comeback.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on December 05, 2007
150. brmtaylor.com exclusive: Victor Chaitezvi interview
brmtaylor.com was lucky enough to talk to up-and-coming Zimbabwean allrounder, Victor Chaitezvi, who represented Mashonaland at First Class level in the 2004-05 Logan Cup.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 30, 2007
151. Launching zimcricketforums.com
brmtaylor.com has joined up with maehara of zimcricketnews.com to create the only Zimbabwe cricket forum on the internet... zimcricketforums.com!
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 29, 2007
152. Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan during election time
A Pakistan Cricket Board official confirmed to Reuters that Zimbabwe will tour Pakistan in 2008.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 28, 2007
153. Zimbabwe name 19 man squad
The Zimbabwe selectors have named a massive 19-man squad ahead of their 5 match ODI series against West Indies later this week.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 27, 2007
154. National League Semi Finals
It looks like Zimbabwe Cricket has come to a near standstill ahead of Friday's 1st ODI against West Indies. This weeks National League matches included Kadoma Sports Club vs Takashinga, and Harare Sports Club vs Bulawayo Athletic Club.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 27, 2007
155. Zimbabwe def. Sth Afr Composite XI by 10 wickets
Before we go into the cricket, a special mention must be made of Ian Smith. In his own words, he was an "absolute lunatic about sport". Being Rhodesian, surely we must assume that that included cricket. RIP Ian Smith, the last Rhodesian prime minister, who passed away in Cape Town on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 22, 2007
156. Zimbabwe to take on South African domestic team
As part of their preparation to return to Test cricket, and also a warm up for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies, Zimbabwe are going to play a 4-day First Class match against a South African franchise team - who, has not yet been decided. The game will be played at the ground in Benoni.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 21, 2007
157. Zimbabwe Provinces vs Northerns
SAA One Dayer: Zimbabwe Provinces defeated Northerns thanks to an 85 run knock from Tino Mawoyo and an unbeaten 63 from Hamilton Masakadza. In his return in Zimbabwean colours, Ray Price showed his class with 4/48. Zimbabwe Provinces won by 21 runs.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 16, 2007
158. Vermeulen allowed to leave Harare
Harare magistrate, William Bhila, has relaxed one of Mark Vermeulen's bail conditions, allowing the batsman to leave the Harare metropolitan area to play cricket matches. Vermeulen admitted to burning down two buildings owned by Zimbabwe Cricket, and was not allowed to travel outside a 40 km radius of Harare city.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 17, 2007
159. West Indies coach showing contempt for Zimbabwe
New West Indies coach, John Dyson, will not accompany his team as they embark on a tour of Zimbabwe later this month. He was also absent from the teams first training session ahead of the 5 match tour.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 15, 2007
160. 2007-08 National League update
The National League has taken a new direction, seemingly as of November 10 and 11. To prepare its players for resumption of Test matches, Zimbabwe Cricket has taken the initiative to reformat its National League matches. Instead of being a limited overs match (50 overs, it used to be) the games now extend over two days - Saturday and Sunday, and teams can play up to 2 innings.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 13, 2007
161. Ray Price set to return for Zimbabwe
Ray Price, nephew of champion golfer Nick Price, is set to make an international comeback later this month. Zimbabwe take on the West Indies, and Ray Price has been offered a contract for the series by Zimbabwe Cricket. Price's last outing for Zimbabwe was against Bangladesh at Harare in 2004, when he took 2/38.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 12, 2007
162. Brendan Taylor to become Zim's 7th highest ODI run scorer
Brendan Taylor will almost certainly become Zimbabwe's seventh highest run scorer in one day internationals at the closure of the upcoming five match series against the West Indies. Currently, Taylor is the country's ninth highest run scorer, ahead of Neil Johnson (10) and Tatenda Taibu (11).
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 08, 2007
163. Butterworth makes First Class comeback
Ryan Butterworth has finally been selected to represent Zimbabwe, after many years of impressive domestic performances. In 2006-07, he was named the National League player of the year, the top award for club cricketers.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on November 02, 2007
164. Taylor stars in Zimbabwe defeat
Poor bowling cost Zimbabwe an otherwise likely victory in the first 50-over match against Sri Lanka A at Bulawayo. Brendan Taylor top scored for Zimbabwe with 50, while proving his allround class with a stumping.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 29, 2007
165. Zimbabwe to play in the SuperSport series
Zimbabwe will be fielding a side in South Africa's top domestic competition, the SuperSport series. This is an important step for Zimbabwe, in their goal of resuming Test match cricket. Zimbabwe Cricket managing director, Ozias Bvute, said "... after the acquisition of Test status, this ranks as the next landmark for Zimbabwe cricket".
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 24, 2007
166. O.H. captain, Mark Vermeulen, breaches bail conditions
Former Test cricketer, Mark Vermeulen, breached one of his bail conditions when he was seen at Harare Sports Club during the First Class cricket match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka A. Vermeulen is accused of setting fire to the Harare Sports Club boardroom, as well as causing millions of dollars of damage to the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy at the Country Club just outside of Harare. One of Vermeulen's bail conditions was that he doesn't enter the Harare Sports Club premises.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 21, 2007
167. Taylor interview with Zimbabwe Independent
Earlier this week, Zimbabwean newspaper, the Zimbabwe Independent, interviewed Brendan Taylor. The focus was on his two heroics, the last ball 6 against Bangladesh and his 60* against Australia. Thanks to maehara at zimcricketnews.com for posting the article, I may not have seen it otherwise.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 19, 2007
168. Taylor smashes 30 on Day 2
Brendan Taylor put on a 91 run stand with Vusi Sibanda on Day 2 of the First Class match against Sri Lanka A. Taylor made 30 before being dismissed, while Sibanda added 55. At stumps, Zimbabwe are 6/203. Tatenda Taibu replaced Brendan Taylor behind the stumps in the first 4-day match against Sri Lanka A. A strange decision by whoever was behind it considering his success as wicket keeper in the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 17, 2007
169. Chigumbura to miss first match, major blow
Zimbabwe will be without the services of Elton Chigumbura for the first 4-day match against Sri Lanka A. The all-rounder, quickly developing into one of world class calibre, has injured his shoulder.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 12, 2007
170. Zimbabwe announce squad against Sri Lanka A
Zimbabwe have named a 13 man squad for the first 4-day match against Sri Lanka. Hamilton Masakadza is absent due to injury, and will be replaced by Sean Williams.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 08, 2007
171. Former Zim Test player Charlie Lock evicted from farm
Last week, an article was published in the Telegraph explaining the situation of Zimbabwe's remaining white farmers. This included an exclusive interview with Charlie Lock.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 08, 2007
172. Sri Lanka A squad announced
The Sri Lankan cricket board has announced their fifteen man squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka's "A" team will play the Zimbabwean first eleven in two First Class four-day matches, and three one day matches to be awarded List A status.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 07, 2007
173. Zimbabwe ready to host Sri Lanka A
Sri Lanka have warned the hosts that they will be fielding the strongest A side possible for their 5 match tour of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's new coach, Robin Brown, is confident the team can continue the good run of form that has extended through the recent South Africa tour of Zimbabwe and the ICC World Twenty20.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 06, 2007
174. Butterworth, Vermeulen tearing it up in Vigne Cup
Old Hararian batsmen Ryan Butterworth and Mark Vermeulen both smashed centuries last weekend in a 164 run win against the Alexandra Sports Club.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 03, 2007
175. Masakadza injured for Sri Lanka A tour
Hamilton Masakadza, one of Zimbabwe's stars in the recently played ICC World Twenty20, has injured his finger at a training session ahead of Sri Lanka A's upcoming tour. The top order batsman tore the ligament in his finger, and will be out of action for at least 6 weeks. He hopes to recover ahead of West Indies tour consisting of 3 ODI's later this year, although doctors say chances of that are still 50-50.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on October 01, 2007
176. Woes for Zimbabwe team sponsors
On Wednesday September 26, legislation was pushed through Zimbabwe parliament which will see Zimbabweans have a 51% stake in foreign owned firms. The so called "empowerment bill" has created a sense of uncertainty among many foreign owned firms, including those in the business and mining sector.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on September 28, 2007
177. Taylor earns new ZC contract
Several weeks ago it was reported on Cricinfo.com that Zimbabwe Cricket had offered central contracts to 18 players.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on September 26, 2007
178. Club cricket underway again in Zimbabwe
The Harare Metropolitan League got underway last Saturday with several practise matches. The three matches were Old Hararians vs Old Malvernians, Royal Cricket Club vs Harare Sports Club and Millennium vs Glenshire.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on September 21, 2007
179. Taylor stars in Twenty20 World Cup
Despite being knocked out after the first round, fully deserving to proceed after an important victory over Australia and a respectable performance against England, the Zimbabwean team can hold their heads high.
Posted by brmtaylor.com admin on September 14, 2007