IT WAS all pomp and flourish for Harare-based Takashinga Cricket Club after they were crowned champions of the inaugural National Premier League (NPL) to get a trophy, gold medals and a US$10 000 cheque on Tuesday in the capital.
Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani presented Takashinga with their accolades at a function at Harare Sports Club.
The Highfield-based outfit, which previously provided home to famous former Chevrons players Andy Flower and Tatenda Taibu among others, was ably led by coach Erick Chauluka to post six wins from eight games in a tournament that ended early this month.
Consequently, Chauluka was named the Coach of the Tournament while Takashinga skipper Roy Kaia got the Player of the Tournament award.
MidWest, who were the challenge’s runners-up, walked away with silver medals and prize money of US$5 000.
Takashinga finished the season equal on points with MidWest but claimed the title thanks to their superior head-to-head record.
Takashinga also had a better net run rate of +1.502, compared to MidWest’s +0.698.
Rainbow Sharks, Harare Kings and Easterns finished the tournament on positions three, four and five respectively.
Gladiators and Amakhosi came out number six and seven while Queens Sports Club had an eighth-place finish.
Great Zimbabwe Patriots managed to post a single win to finish the campaign at the bottom of the log.
For his great work with the bat that saw him score a massive 307 runs in the campaign, Midwest captain Tarisai Musakanda, was named the best batsman in the new national club competition.
Gladiators’ Malcolm Chikuwa was voted the top bowler. He claimed a total of 23 wickets in the 45-over national rivalry.