Compton and Chandlers Ford is delighted to announce the signing of Zimbabwean Player/Coach Tinashe Chimbambo for their 2022 Hampshire League campaign.

Domestic veteran

Chimbambo is an experienced Zimbabwean wicket-keeper batter playing for the Mountaineers in domestic cricket.

The gloveman has been on the circuit for well over a decade following his List A debut as a fresh-faced 16-year-old. He made his first-class debut 2 years later (2008), after his successful ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign. During the tournament in Malaysia, Chimbambo was one of only three Zimbabweans to play in all six of the side’s matches, along with Kyle Jarvis and Prince Masvaure, and only Dan Landman and Solomon Mire scored more runs than him.

Over the next decade, appearances were sporadic for Chimbambo, and despite 15-years on the domestic scene, he has only played 31 matches. That said, his absence was, in most part, due to his studies which saw him live in South Africa whilst completing his Honours Degree in Managing Information Systems from the University of Western Cape.

Run machine abroad

He also spent time in England, playing for Harrow St. Mary’s (2013), and Lansdown (2014). Chimbambo was a sensation for the latter, hitting 1,508 runs at 68.55 in his 33 matches for the club. In Saturday League cricket alone, these numbers were even better, scoring 777 runs at 86.33 with 3 centuries, all with a strike rate of 95.37 in the Bristol and North Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League.

Signs for Compton in 2022

The Zimbabwean star has not ventured back to the UK since his run-filled stint in 2014 but is now set to embark on a return having recently signed with Compton and Chandlers Ford for their 2022 Hampshire League campaign.

Not only a fine cricketer with a proven UK record but an accomplished and accredited coach who is keen to make his mark in this capacity on his return next summer.