Rhinos Succumb to Eagles

Rain ruined this match at Harare Sports Club, cutting the overs drastically and turning it, indirectly, into an easy win for Mashonaland Eagles. This was largely because Mid-West Rhinos were unable to adjust to the different match conditions and made a serious mess of their innings. It was a good all-round bowling performance by Eagles, and Regis Chakabva (47 not out) led their cruise to victory.

Jupiter Pluvius played games with the cricketers at the start of the match. Eagles won the toss and put Mid-West Rhinos in to bat, but the start was delayed by a shower. When play did begin, only fifteen balls were bowled before the rain returned. During that time the visitors lost the wicket of Gary Ballance, who fenced at and edged a ball from Douglas Hondo to the keeper, for four runs. For the next couple of hours the showers came and went, returning each time play was about to start, and more than two hours were lost before the rain relented. The match was reduced to 25 overs a side, rather too harsh a cut as, even had the match gone the full distance; it would have been over before four o’clock.

Rhinos were quite unable to re-programme themselves to play what was now almost a T20 match. The bowling was tight but the batsmen were too defensive and soon got themselves in trouble through their slow scoring. Taylor hit one six over wide long-on before hitting a catch straight at midwicket for 17 off 19 balls; the previous delivery Vusi Sibanda had gone for 5 off 20 balls. After 13 overs the score was a mere 52 for five. Remembrance Nyathi and Rikki Wessels then shared a useful partnership of 41 in nine overs, with Nyathi (29) the dominant partner before he fell to a fine catch by Prince Masvaure running from long-on. Wessels did not bat well at first and he kept finding the fielders, but in the end he found his timing and raced to 43 not out. He finished the innings with a six over midwicket, which took the total to 120 for seven – but that was hardly competitive, at less than five an over. There were two wickets each for Hondo, Andrew Hall and Raymond Price, with Hall much the most expensive. The bowling had been good, but was helped by poorly judged batting.

The Eagles batsmen were much better prepared mentally for their innings, and were helped by knowing exactly what their none-too-difficult target was. Cephas Zhuwao, the designated suicide pilot, hammered away for 34 off 26 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes) before skying a catch in the sixth over. In the next over Prince Masvaure was superbly caught by Sibanda in the gully and they had to consolidate – but at 42 for two they could afford the time to do so. Regis Chakabva and Forster Mutizwa did so capably, adding 43 until Mutizwa was unfortunately run out, accidentally off the bowler’s hand, for 17. With Greg Lamb as his new partner, Chakabva led the way to victory with 47 not out off 42 balls, and there were still 4.3 overs in hand. Play finished before 3.40, which emphasizes that the regulations concerning interrupted matches like these need amending. At least 30 overs per side could very comfortably have been played. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 120/7 (25/25 overs; Wessels 43*, Price 2/17), Eagles 121/3 (20.3/25 overs; Chakabva 47*, Taylor 1/2). Mashonaland Eagles win by 7 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]

Mid West Rhinos innings (25 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BRM Taylor 	c Hall b Hondo 	                17 	35 	19 	1 	1 	89.47
GS Ballance 	c †Chakabva b Hondo 	        0 	6 	4 	0 	0 	0.00
V Sibanda* 	c Mutombodzi b Hall 	        5 	25 	20 	0 	0 	25.00
MN Waller 	c Chinyoka b Price 	        8 	25 	10 	1 	0 	80.00
F Kasteni 	c Masvaure b Price 	        6 	13 	12 	0 	0 	50.00
R Nyathi 	c Masvaure b Keegan 	        29 	42 	36 	3 	0 	80.55
MH Wessels† 	not out 	                43 	47 	42 	3 	1 	102.38
R Benade 	b Hall 	                        0 	4 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
AG Cremer 	not out 	                2 	9 	4 	0 	0 	50.00
	Extras 	(lb 2, w 8) 	                10 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 25 overs; 107 mins) 120 	(4.80 runs per over)

Did not bat: EC Rainsford, SM Mugava, A Mavhiko, IA Nicolson

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Ballance, 1.2 ov), 2-27 (Sibanda, 6.6 ov), 3-27 (Taylor, 7.1 ov), 
4-41 (Kasteni, 10.2 ov), 5-52 (Waller, 12.6 ov), 6-93 (Nyathi, 21.4 ov), 7-97 (Benade, 22.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
CB Keegan 	5 	0 	19 	1 	3.80 		
DT Hondo 	5 	0 	19 	2 	3.80 	(2w) 	
AJ Hall 	5 	0 	36 	2 	7.20 	(2w) 	
RW Price 	5 	0 	17 	2 	3.40 	(3w) 	
IM Chinyoka 	2 	0 	13 	0 	6.50 		
GA Lamb 	2 	0 	8 	0 	4.00 		
TC Mutombodzi 	1 	0 	6 	0 	6.00 	(1w) 	
	

Mashonaland Eagles innings (target: 121 runs from 25 overs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
C Zhuwawo 	c Mugava b Mavhiko 	                34 	26 	26 	3 	2 	130.76
PS Masvaure 	c Sibanda b Taylor 	                5 	30 	13 	0 	0 	38.46
RW Chakabva† 	not out 	                        47 	35 	42 	2 	1 	111.90
F Mutizwa* 	run out (Rainsford) 	                17 	30 	24 	2 	0 	70.83
GA Lamb 	not out 	                        13 	20 	18 	1 	0 	72.22
	Extras 	(w 5) 	                                5 					
	Total 	(3 wickets; 20.3 overs; 82 mins) 	121 	(5.90 runs per over)

Did not bat: AJ Hall, RE Butterworth, MRH Mbofana, RW Price, TC Mutombodzi, CB Keegan, IM Chinyoka, DT Hondo

Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Zhuwawo, 5.6 ov), 2-42 (Masvaure, 6.4 ov), 3-85 (Mutizwa, 14.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	4 	0 	19 	0 	4.75 		
IA Nicolson 	5 	1 	33 	0 	6.60 	(1w) 	
A Mavhiko 	3 	0 	23 	1 	7.66 	(3w) 	
BRM Taylor 	1 	0 	2 	1 	2.00 		
AG Cremer 	4 	0 	24 	0 	6.00 	(1w) 	
R Benade 	2 	0 	11 	0 	5.50 		
SM Mugava 	1.3 	0 	9 	0 	6.00 		
	
Match details
Players per side: 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to field
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 4, Mid West Rhinos 0