Thumbs-up for Gillespie

Former Australian fast-bowler, Jason Gillespie, has ushered-in new fortunes to MidWest Rhinos.

Gillespie joined the team as coach at the end of last year and has become an overnight success after posting some remarkable results. This was captured at the weekend, when the outfit, one of the five cricket franchises in the country, bulldozed its way into the final of the Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship.

They trounced Mutare-based Mountaineers by 53 runs to automatically secure second position in the five-team race. The victory put them on an even-keel over Matabeleland Tuskers, five wickets losers to log leaders Mashonaland Eagles with 75 balls unused in 50 overs.

The mother-of-all-battles has been slated for February 25 in Harare. Fans are happy with Gillespie. “The new coach definitely gives us hope for a successful campaign this season,” said Tagwira Murombedzi. He was supported by staunch supporter, Michael Shawn, who said Gillespie was doing a great job.

Fans appealed to management to offer the coach good remuneration and tie him to a long-term contract. “We heard that he would be leaving after seven months, but with the results he is producing, losing him would be bad,” said Mary Shy.

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