By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE cricket team wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbani is set to take his talents to the United Kingdom after completing a move to Andover Cricket Club.
Mutumbani is expected to add some much-needed experience to the Andover Cricket Club squad which is gearing up for the new season back in the Southern League Division One following their superb promotion in 2022.
The 33-year-old Mutumbami joins up with former Zimbabwean international and Andover captain, John Nyumbu, and the pair will be looking to spearhead further success for the town side.
Mutumbami featured for Zimbabwe’s T20 side last year and has also played six Tests and 36 ODIs.
He recently captained Masvingo-based franchise Southern Rocks during the just-ended Zimbabwe Cricket’s domestic season.
His career highlights include a 64 on debut against Afghanistan in an ODI match, alongside half-centuries against an illustrious Pakistan side and a high score of 43 in Test cricket against a South African bowling attack that included Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
Interestingly, Nyumbu and Mutumbami featured in a number of their international matches together and they will be looking to bring this success into the ranks at Andover.
The 36-year-old Nyumbu who has three Tests caps, 19 one-day internationals matches and two T20 caps joined Andover Cricket Club early this year in a move which has seen him double up as a development coach.
This is Nyumbu’s second stint in the UK, having played for Grantham Cricket Club, in the Lincolnshire County Board Premier League between May and September 2019.
Andover Cricket Club is an English cricket club based in Andover, Hampshire. Originally formed in 1865, the club has been at its present ground at London Road, Andover since the 1930s.
The club runs three senior teams, with the 1st competing in the Southern Premier Cricket League, whilst the 2nd & 3rd teams play in the Hampshire Cricket League. In addition to the senior squads, Andover Cricket Club has a Youth section with over 200 members subscribed. The club achieved ECB Club mark accreditation in 2007.
Andover were founder members of the Hampshire Cricket League in 1973, and finished runners-up in the first two years of the league’s existence, but had to wait until 1997 for their first championship win.