[Pro50] Eagles Defeat Rocks

Forster Mutizwa drove Mashonaland Eagles to victory in their first match of the new season over the Southern Rocks in a Coca-Cola Cup one-day match played at Masvingo Sports Club on Saturday. Southern Rocks put up an impressive fight but some emphatic batting from the Eagles broke down their fortress on home soil.

The Zimbabwe domestic one-day competition has reverted to the 50-over format; last season the competition was played over 40 overs per side. However, the match in Masvingo had to be reduced to 40 each when rain had stopped play after 2.1 overs, when Rocks had scored five runs without loss. Mash Eagles won the toss and sent the home side in to bat, a decision that could have been prompted by the then overcast conditions – rare but ideal on a typical flat Masvingo wicket.

The young fast bowler, Nathan Waller, toppled the top order, removing Chamunorwa Chibhabha (15) in the 13th over, followed by Roy Kaia (29) in the 15th. Among a list of player movements this season is Prince Masvaure who left the Eagles for the Rocks, and his was the first wicket to fall, bowled by Trevor Garwe. Mark Vermeulen was the top scorer for the Rocks with a trademark proficient 41 runs from 71 deliveries, featuring three boundaries. Southern Rocks were 186 for eight after 40 overs. Visiting captain Stuart Matsikenyeri, on his debut match as the Mash Eagles skipper, tried out seven bowlers, the pick being Waller with two wickets for 18 from eight overs.

Mutizwa was sensational as he shared two 48-run partnerships and was the mainstay of the Eagles’ brisk pursuit. He partnered with Matsikenyeri (28) and then Mark Mbofana (24*). The former Mountaineers right-arm medium-pacer, Tinashe Panyangara, was a worthy signing for the Rocks as he took the fight to the Eagles, claiming three for 28 off his allotted eight overs. Mutizwa however was unstoppable with a well-played unbeaten 73 from 92 balls. Eagles reached their target in 37.5 overs with six wickets in hand.

Many of the bowlers appear not have utilised their off-season time profitably as a total of 60 extras were conceded in the match, making up 16% of the total runs scored, with five penalty runs being awarded to the Eagles for the batsmen persistently running on the pitch in the Southern Rocks innings. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 186/8 (40 overs; Vermeulen 41, Waller 2/18, Mbofana 2/31), Eagles 188/4 (37.5 overs; Mutizwa 73*, Panyangara 3/28). Mashonaland Eagles win by 6 wickets (D/L method).
[Match report via ZC]

Southern Rocks innings (40 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        c Mutombodzi b Waller 	        29 	71 	47 	2 	1 	61.70
PS Masvaure 	b Garwe 	                4 	10 	7 	1 	0 	57.14
CJ Chibhabha 	b Waller 	                15 	52 	31 	1 	0 	48.38
MA Vermeulen 	c Matsikenyeri b Mbofana 	41 	85 	71 	3 	0 	57.74
R Mutumbami† 	c †Chakabva b Zhuwao 	        23 	54 	40 	5 	0 	57.50
A Maregwede* 	c †Chakabva b Mutombodzi 	0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
TS Chisoro 	run out (Matsikenyeri) 	        2 	4 	6 	0 	0 	33.33
R Chinyengetere c Waller b Mbofana 	        29 	35 	30 	4 	0 	96.66
H Matanga 	not out 	                13 	12 	6 	2 	0 	216.66
T Panyangara 	not out 	                0 	1 	0 	0 	0 	-
	Extras 	(lb 6, w 24) 	                30 					
	Total 	(8 wickets; 40 overs) 	        186 	(4.65 runs per over)

Did not bat: T Muzarabani

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Masvaure, 2.2 ov), 2-56 (Chibhabha, 12.6 ov), 3-61 (Kaia, 14.2 ov), 
4-109 (Mutumbami, 26.6 ov), 5-110 (Maregwede, 27.3 ov), 6-113 (Chisoro, 28.6 ov), 
7-160 (Vermeulen, 37.2 ov), 8-179 (Chinyengetere, 39.4 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
TN Garwe 	        6 	1 	28 	1 	4.66 	(6w) 	
LT Gumunyu-Manatsa 	3 	0 	23 	0 	7.66 	(6w) 	
T Shereni 	        4 	0 	24 	0 	6.00 		
N Waller 	        8 	1 	18 	2 	2.25 		
MRH Mbofana 	        6 	0 	31 	2 	5.16 	(1w) 	
TC Mutombodzi 	        7 	0 	26 	1 	3.71 	(2w) 	
C Zhuwao 	        6 	0 	30 	1 	5.00 	(3w) 	


Mashonaland Eagles innings (target: 188 runs from 40 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
Sikandar Raza 	lbw b Panyangara 	        2 	9 	11 	0 	0 	18.18
C Zhuwao 	b Panyangara 	                15 	49 	20 	3 	0 	75.00
F Mutizwa 	not out 	                73 		92 	8 	0 	79.34
RW Chakabva† 	c Masvaure b Muzarabani 	18 	38 	30 	1 	0 	60.00
S Matsikenyeri* b Panyangara 	                26 	33 	38 	2 	0 	68.42
MRH Mbofana 	not out 	                24 	38 	36 	2 	0 	66.66
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 4, w 20, pen 5) 	30 					
	Total 	(4 wickets; 37.5 overs; 151 mins) 	188 	(4.96 runs per over)

Did not bat: N Waller, TN Garwe, TC Mutombodzi, T Shereni, LT Gumunyu-Manatsa

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Sikandar Raza, 1.6 ov), 2-54 (Zhuwao, 9.1 ov), 3-92 (Chakabva, 17.4 ov), 
4-140 (Matsikenyeri, 27.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Muzarabani 	8 	0 	41 	1 	5.12 	(1w) 	
T Panyangara 	8 	0 	28 	3 	3.50 	(2w) 	
PS Masvaure 	6.5 	0 	40 	0 	5.85 	(12w) 	
R Chinyengetere 2 	0 	13 	0 	6.50 	(3w) 	
R Kaia 	        8 	0 	25 	0 	3.12 		
H Matanga 	5 	0 	31 	0 	6.20 		


Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to field
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 4, Southern Rocks 0
List A debut: T Shereni (Mashonaland Eagles)
Player of the match: F Mutizwa (Mashonaland Eagles)