Cranborne Circuit toasted to more success on the sporting field as their respective organisational teams shone at the district sports gala held over the weekend

A great sporting extravaganza spread over two venues ended up with the Cranborne MUMC soccer team emerging as the new district soccer champions after seeing off surprise packets Mainway Meadows 3-0 on penalties at Wideccombe Primary School.

Placed in a group of death against two former champions Sunningdale and Tafara, Cranborne collected four points from a possible six before Simbarashe “Drogba” Mahenga’s sublime strike saw off Hatfield in the last eight.

Goalkeeper Takawira Maziti was the mainstay of the team as his saves in the penalty shootouts ensured Cranborne overpowered Chisipite in the semis before the final success.

Cranborne did this with some style, keeping a clean sheet the whole tournament in regulation time en route to the crown.

The relay team finished second in the 4x100m relay whilst Maziti sped to victory in the 100m

Milton Mujaji acquitted himself well in the chess, finishing second to complete a dominant display by the men, who had their president Rev Dr Gift Machinga in tow urging them on.

Across town at Louis Mountbatten Primary School, drama was the order of the day as the UMYF netball and soccer teams battled their way against stiff competition and prevailed, at least into the top four.

The soccer team recovered from a demoralising loss to Sunningdale to defeat Mainway Meadows before beating Tafara in arguably the game of the tournament.

Samuel Kamudzandu was the hero as he saved a penalty as Cranborne won 4-3 only to lose to a solitary strike to Harare in the semis.

The netball team was at their usual best but twice found eventual champions Chisipite a yard too high as they lost in the final after a gritty, energy sapping performance.

It was indeed a great weekend for our teams who ensured Cranborne’s flag flew high on Africa Day.

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