Rhinos Demolish Mountaineers' Cup Hopes

The first semi-final of the MetBank Pro40 Championship between Mid-West Rhinos and Mountaineers at Harare Sports Club turned out to be a disappointing contest. Mid-West Rhinos seemed to have lost their chance as they managed to total no more than 200 on a good pitch, but then Mountaineers collapsed dismally against good bowling to be rolled over for 84. Vusi Sibanda, Malcolm Waller and Solomon Mire all did well with the bat for the winners, while all the bowlers did well, Graeme Cremer finishing with the best result of four cheap wickets.

Mountaineers won the toss and decided to field. Mid-West Rhinos did not make a good start, losing both openers for 19, including Brendan Taylor who, if he was attempting one of his now famous uppercuts, miscued it badly and skied a catch that was well taken by point running backwards. He had never looked fluent in scoring 10 off 25 balls. Then Waller joined Sibanda and a good partnership developed. Sibanda did not always time the ball well and more than once a miscued stroke just evaded the fielders, but he stuck to his task. Waller began rather uncertainly but once he found his touch he played his strokes well and caught up with Sibanda. They had just taken the score past 100 when Sibanda ran himself out, starting off for a single that wasn’t there, near Timycen Maruma in the covers, and was unable to get back in time to beat a good throw. He had made 42 off 61 balls.

Waller reached 54 and then drove over a yorker from Netsai Mushangwe, and two more quick wickets fell. At this point Mid-West Rhinos were looking bad at 134 for six after 31 overs. It was an impressive and powerfully hit 45 off 30 balls from Mire that turned the situation around. Supported well by Cremer, he attacked the bowling with confidence, hitting two fours and three sixes. Off the last ball of the 40 overs Mid-West Rhinos reached 200, with six wickets down. Shingi Masakadza and Maruma took two wickets each, but both only bowled five of their allotted eight overs.

If Mid-West Rhinos had started badly, Mountaineers began worse, even suicidally. Sensible batting should have achieved their moderate target. Jonathan Beukes was given out caught down the leg side off the first ball he faced, while Tino Mawoyo (6) drove outside the off stump and edged to the keeper. Hamilton Masakadza (2) was bowled driving at a full-length ball from Nicolson, while Maruma (6) drove a low catch to mid-off. The four most capable batsmen in the team had gone for 19 runs within four overs, leaving the rest of the line-up to pull off a near-miracle if the match was to be won. The bowling was very good, certainly, but not good enough to excuse such a fall of wickets to poor strokes.

The inexperienced 17-year-old Kevin Kasuza held on gamely, though, and Prosper Utseya helped him take the score to 45 before he mistimed a stroke against Cremer and sent a return catch. Kasuza finally fell at 71, slicing a drive to mid-off, having made much the highest score of 30. His lack of experience was clear but his determination impressed. Apart from a six by Donald Tiripano, the rest of the batting subsided without a whimper for a shameful total of 84. Mountaineers will need to do much better in the Logan Cup final next week. Nicolson and Lewis, who made the early breakthrough, took two wickets each, as did Richard Muzhange, while Cremer did almost as he liked in taking four wickets for 13 runs in seven overs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 200/6 (40 overs; Waller 54, S Masakadza 2/17), Mountaineers 85 (25 overs; Kasuza 30, Cremer 4/13). Midwest Rhinos win by 116 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

Mid West Rhinos innings (40 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BRM Taylor 	c Maruma b SW Masakadza 	10 	30 	25 	0 	0 	40.00
BM Chapungu 	c Beukes b SW Masakadza 	0 	11 	6 	0 	0 	0.00
V Sibanda* 	run out (Maruma) 	        42 	87 	65 	2 	1 	64.61
MN Waller 	b Mushangwe 	                54 	86 	64 	2 	0 	84.37
MH Wessels† 	st †Katsande b Maruma 	        14 	23 	20 	1 	0 	70.00
R Nyathi 	b Maruma 	                2 	7 	6 	0 	0 	33.33
AG Cremer 	not out 	                16 	32 	25 	0 	0 	64.00
SF Mire 	not out 	                45 	30 	30 	2 	3 	150.00
	Extras 	(b 6, lb 4, w 6, nb 1) 	        17 					
	Total 	(6 wickets; 40 overs; 156 mins) 200 	(5.00 runs per over)

Did not bat: R Benade, SM Mugava, JM Lewis, IA Nicolson, R Muzhange

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Chapungu, 2.5 ov), 2-19 (Taylor, 6.3 ov), 3-102 (Sibanda, 23.4 ov), 
4-131 (Waller, 29.2 ov), 5-133 (Wessels, 30.4 ov), 6-134 (Nyathi, 30.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	5 	0 	17 	2 	3.40 		
TL Chatara 	7 	0 	39 	0 	5.57 	(2w) 	
T Panyangara 	4 	0 	18 	0 	4.50 	(1nb, 2w) 	
DT Tiripano 	3 	0 	22 	0 	7.33 	(1w) 	
N Mushangwe 	8 	0 	31 	1 	3.87 		
P Utseya	8 	0 	33 	0 	4.12 		
T Maruma 	5 	0 	30 	2 	6.00 		


Mountaineers innings (target: 201 runs from 40 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	c †Wessels b Nicolson 	        6 	10 	7 	1 	0 	85.71
JA Beukes 	c †Wessels b Lewis 	        0 	5 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
H Masakadza* 	b Nicolson 	                2 	8 	6 	0 	0 	33.33
KT Kasuza 	c Benade b Muzhange 	        30 	78 	49 	3 	0 	61.22
T Maruma 	c Nyathi b Lewis 	        6 	5 	5 	1 	0 	120.00
P Utseya 	c & b Cremer 	                11 	26 	29 	1 	0 	37.93
G Chirimuuta 	c Taylor b Cremer 	        6 	30 	30 	0 	0 	20.00
B Katsande† 	c †Wessels b Muzhange 	        2 	6 	5 	0 	0 	40.00
SW Masakadza 	lbw b Cremer 	                5 	13 	11 	1 	0 	45.45
DT Tiripano 	not out 	                7 	14 	7 	0 	1 	100.00
T Panyangara 	c Chapungu b Cremer 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(w 8, nb 1) 	                9 					
	Total 	(all out; 25 overs; 110 mins) 	84 	(3.36 runs per over)

Did not bat: TL Chatara, N Mushangwe

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Beukes, 1.1 ov), 2-10 (Mawoyo, 2.1 ov), 3-11 (H Masakadza, 2.5 ov), 
4-19 (Maruma, 3.5 ov), 5-45 (Utseya, 12.1 ov), 6-65 (Chirimuuta, 20.3 ov), 7-71 (Kasuza, 21.4 ov), 
8-71 (Katsande, 21.5 ov), 9-84 (SW Masakadza, 24.5 ov), 10-84 (Panyangara, 24.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
IA Nicolson 	6 	0 	18 	2 	3.00 	(1nb, 3w) 	
JM Lewis 	8 	0 	39 	2 	4.87 	(2w) 	
AG Cremer 	7 	4 	13 	4 	1.85 		
R Muzhange 	4 	0 	14 	2 	3.50 	(3w) 	

Match details
Players per side: 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
Toss: Mountaineers, who chose to field
Series: Mid West Rhinos advanced