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Around The Ground Report: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 1st T20

The Embankment, is the new boy on the block still trying to find his feet and his own identity. These fans pose for a photo and promised to be back on Monday for the love of the game.
The big scoop for today was getting the man himself Mr Ozias Bvute (Bha-voo-tee as it was pronounced in school...) Now we have a face to the name.
Brian Strang also wandered past the lens
Shingirai Masakadza almost looks mad. Probably thinking if I get another shot…
NZ and Zim Supporters on top of the Northcliffe Heights condos. Prime residential flats on the outskirts of the Avenues, Harare's red light district.
The camera at square leg
An airplane flies past the ground. Soon Zimbabwe will have 9 new airlines flying into Zimbabwe, including Emirates (which had a stand at Sanganai Toursim Expo) Quantas, KLM to name a few.
James Franklin standing at the Boundary which was pushed in by about 10 metres!
Kids playing Electric Wicket! Played with one batsmen and when you run you can stump either wicket so long as you out of your crease you will be out!
A dejected Wales rugby fan. If he was supporting Zimbabwe today I really feel sorry for him.
Two random fans who wouldn't leave without a photo, regardless of where it was going as I had told them it was going into the H-Metro (Harare's daily scandalous paper).
Fun for the kids as there was a big inflatable pool complete with rowing boats.
ZC merchandise for sale.
Brendon McCaullum and Martin Gupital ready for another onslaught. I have to admit I enjoyed watching these two going about their business. Clinical.
Dairboard nourishes the nation! Two ice cream vendors.

First and foremost would like to pass our condolences to Vusi Sibanda who lost his mother this morning. Thats why all the players were wearing black arm bands, and white in the case of New Zealand.

The ground was packed today,the atmosphere was great and the fans were in a festive mood, but the joy was short lived and by the time NZ came out all guns blazing, the fans were discontented and frustrated with the drop catches and lack of wickets.

Around the Ground Report: Eagles vs Tuskers Pro20 Final

The red ribbon that determinse where you will sit
Tinashe Nenhunzi top scored with 98 to carry his team Chipembere to victory against Ruzawi
Tinashe Nenhunzi
Some of the Ruzawi school players
Some of the Chipembere school players
Mashonaland Eagles team warming up
At the toss
Neil, Zimbabwes most passionate cricket supporter
Groundsmen running onto the pitch with the covers
Brian Vitori in the stands
Neil Johnson after the pitch report
Chris Gayle gets ready to launch for the Matebeleland Tuskers in Harare
ICC Notice about behaviour at the ground
Not only the cricket players want to go to the IPL, there is a slot for dancers and these girls are contending
I was fortunate to get a comp ticket so I was sitting with some of the players who include, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Vitori, Tinashe Panyangara and Prosper Utseya
There was entertainment from a rapper who called himself Harare Hustler
And while they were not dancing the chicks were throwing helmets to fans from the back of a bakkie
Very low attendance at the final

In its third year 2011 was my first time to attend the Standard Bank Pro20 competition and it certainly was refreshing. Developments we would love to see next year would be the switching on of the flood lights and having some of those games at night and adding two extra teams being the Zimbabwe U19 or the two top school boy teams to actually play against the franchises. Seeing Chris Gayle, Ryan Ten Doschole, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes and other international cricketers on the local stage gave the competition came international flair and added to its profile.

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