Eagles Trounce Rhinos, With a Little Kiwi Help

Mashonaland Eagles did visiting Kiwi Rob Nicol a favour at the weekend and included the member of the touring New Zealand side in their team for the match against Midwest Rhinos, and immediately reaped the rewards. Whether franchise sides should be helping visiting players out in this way is another thing... After winning the toss and opting to bat, Nicol - opening for his 'adopted' side - put on 102, top-scoring for the match, while fellow overseas player Ryan Bishop (76) and back-in-form Stuart Matsikenyeri (80) helped the side to an imposing 308/5 from their 50 overs. Mike Chonouya took 3/67 for Rhinos, but with his 10 overs going for nearly 7/over he still won't have been too pleased with his spell.

That left Rhinos with a battle on their hands, but rather than fight they meekly capitulated to the Eagles' bowling. Rememberance Nyathi (34) and Riki Wessels (33) put up some fight - the psir added 64 for the 4th wicket - but that was about the only fight from the Rhinos as they were bowled out for 169, handing Eagles a 139-run win that extended their lead at the top of the tournament table to 8 points, with only 3 rounds of the tournament played. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 308/5 (50 overs; Nicol 102, Chinouya 3/67), Rhinos 169 (35.4 overs; Nyathi 34, Garwe 3/39). Mashonaland Eagles win by 139 runs.

Mashonaland Eagles innings (50 overs maximum)	
						R	M	B	4s	6s	SR
RJ Nicol	c Nicolson b Chinouya		102	154	118	10	2	86.44
Sikandar Raza	c Chinouya b Rainsford		8	31	15	0	1	53.33
R Bishop†	c Mire b Chinouya		76	130	102	4	0	74.50
S Matsikenyeri*	not out				80	58	37	12	0	216.21
N Waller	c Rainsford b Chinouya		6	7	9	1	0	66.66
TN Garwe	b Rainsford			0	6	2	0	0	0.00
MRH Mbofana	not out				22	32	18	1	0	122.22
	Extras	(lb 5, w 8, nb 1)		14					
	Total	(5 wickets; 50 overs; 214 mins)	308	(6.16 runs per over)

Did not bat: TC Mutombodzi, IM Chinyoka, DT Hondo, PJ Moor

Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Sikandar Raza, 6.3 ov), 2-188 (Nicol, 37.5 ov), 3-200 (Bishop, 39.5 ov), 
4-217 (Waller, 41.5 ov), 5-229 (Garwe, 42.5 ov)

Bowling		O	M	R	W	Econ		
EC Rainsford	11	0	82	2	7.45	(1nb, 3w)	
MT Chinouya	10	0	67	3	6.70		
IA Nicolson	10	0	66	0	6.60	(2w)	
SM Mugava	12	1	51	0	4.25	(1w)	
N Madziva	7	0	37	0	5.28	(2w)	


Mid West Rhinos innings (target: 309 runs from 50 overs)	
					R	M	B	4s	6s	SR
BM Chapungu	c Hondo b Garwe		21	49	32	4	0	65.62
SJ Marillier	c & b Garwe		4	16	9	1	0	44.44
GS Ballance	c †Bishop b Garwe	3	12	11	0	0	27.27
R Nyathi	c †Bishop b Mutombodzi	34	70	41	5	0	82.92
MH Wessels†	c Chinyoka b Waller	33	38	27	5	1	122.22
SF Mire		c Hondo b Nicol		17	21	18	1	1	94.44
SM Mugava	c †Bishop b Mutombodzi	23	31	35	1	1	65.71
N Madziva	run out (Mutombodzi)	17	38	31	0	0	54.83
EC Rainsford*	c Mutombodzi b Nicol	2	3	5	0	0	40.00
IA Nicolson	run out (Nicol)		5	14	4	0	0	125.00
MT Chinouya	not out			0	1	1	0	0	0.00
	Extras	(lb 2, w 8)		10					
	Total	(all out; 35.4 overs)	169	(4.73 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Marillier, 2.6 ov), 2-25 (Ballance, 6.2 ov), 3-36 (Chapungu, 10.3 ov), 
4-100 (Wessels, 18.4 ov), 5-110 (Nyathi, 21.4 ov), 6-122 (Mire, 24.2 ov), 
7-149 (Mugava, 31.3 ov), 8-153 (Rainsford, 32.4 ov), 9-169 (Madziva, 35.3 ov), 
10-169 (Nicolson, 35.4 ov)

Bowling		O	M	R	W	Econ		
TN Garwe	8	0	39	3	4.87	(2w)	
IM Chinyoka	5	0	12	0	2.40	(2w)	
DT Hondo	4	0	35	0	8.75		
N Waller	3	0	19	1	6.33		
TC Mutombodzi	8.4	1	29	2	3.34	(1w)	
RJ Nicol	7	0	33	2	4.71	(3w)	

Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to bat
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 5, Mid West Rhinos 0
List A debuts: R Bishop (Mashonaland Eagles); N Madziva (Mid West Rhinos)
Player of the match: RJ Nicol (Mashonaland Eagles)