MOUNTAINEERS' skipper Tino Mawoyo yesterday said their success in the domestic T20 cricket final against Mashonaland Eagles was a result of hard work as they produced a top class performance to maintain their dominance over the Harare-based franchise in the finals of the short version.
Mawoyo, who was one of the players released from the national team camp currently preparing for the tour of West Indies to spice up this final, was thrilled by his team's impressive seven-wicket victory.
This was the third time that the two teams had clashed in the T20 finals and Mountaineers have been victorious on all occasions.
The sides met in the inaugural Stanbic Bank T20 in 2010 where Mountaineers romped to a crashing nine wickets victory.
They met again during the 2011-2012 season and the Mountain Goats prevailed by 27 runs. Mawoyo, who was not part of the previous accomplishments, said he felt proud to lead the team to victory in this new domestic league competition.
"It feels good to win the championship and I am happy for the guys because they are going back to Mutare with the title although I am staying behind with the national team. The good thing is that we didn't concentrate on how the league matches ended and the final log standings. The guys put in a lot of hard work and it paid off at last.
"We came to the final with an open mind and we gave our best efforts on the day. The bowlers did a wonderful job with the ball and the batsmen came in and took it up from there. It was a fine all-round performance on our side. The guys on the field also did well and overall it was a good team effort," said Mawoyo.
The Mutare outfit came into the final as second-best after finishing 14 points behind Eagles in the round-robin phase.
Mountaineers won four of their eight matches while Eagles were unbeaten in seven starts and had one game abandoned because of bad weather.
Mawoyo proved his doubters in the short version wrong when he scored 26 from 20 balls to help his side notch up the win after their bowlers had dismissed Eagles for a paltry 106 in 19.3 overs.