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WESLEY Madhevere is a name that is likely to set the stage alight in international cricket if the right mentorship and resources are invested in this 12-year-old cricketer from Chitungwiza.

Born in a family of two boys, and son to Clara and Clifford Madhevere, the bubbly schoolboy has already shown signs he can become a big player in this game.

Growing up in Zengeza, very few ever imagined that he would make headlines so early in his life.

But the Zimbabwe Under-13 right-handed batsman won the Batsman of the Tournament award after bagging three half centuries at the just-ended Eastern Junior Cricket Club Association Festival in Benoni, South Africa.

Spending an afternoon with the Madhevere family proved to be an experience of a lifetime for me as the family embraced their diamond boy’s achievements.

His mother Clara could not hide her joy and even revealed she had reservations about her son’s interest in cricket as she wanted him to focus more on his school work.

These efforts by the mother proved to be fruitless as the teenager would go to extreme lengths of absconding his classes to chase his cricket dream.

“I would discourage him and even go to the extent of giving him a bit of spanking for running away from classes to play cricket, but now I am happy he has attained this award in the sport,” said Clara.

Wesley’s love for cricket dates back to a game the national team played against Bangladesh and won in spectacular fashion as skipper Brendan Taylor powered the hosts to victory with a cracking boundary with only one ball to play.

The schoolboy, who is a staunch Dynamos and Barcelona supporter, had found another sport to love.

He believes his cricket aenture has started on the right track and hopes to be exposed to more game time in future.

The Form 2 pupil had to make the long walk to Seke High 1 to get some cricket action as his school Seke High 2 did not offer the sport due to lack of resources.

Wesley, however, hopes to enrol at a school where his cricket can be nurtured.

Explaining his Under-13 national team call-up, the schoolboy said he impressed during some trials he attended at Mashonaland Eagles juniors where a squad of 30 players was chosen.

The numbers had to be screened further to 15 players who represented the country in Benoni.

“We went for trials at Mash Eagles juniors and faced some tough competition as the selectors only wanted a final squad of 15 players but I’m blessed to have made it,” Wesley said.

The emergence of Madhevere should come as a wake-up call to a cricket-loving nation that there are a number of unpolished gems waiting to be touched throughout the country.

Wesley has a supportive family and, the way things are going, he could be destined for the big time.

If ever Zimbabwe Cricket needed proof that their expensive programme, to take cricket to all parts of the communities, is bearing fruit, then this is one such big case.

Source : The Herald