[Stanbic T20] Mountaineers Off to a Winning Start

Rhinos looked to have the stronger batting lineup on paper but, put into bat after Mountaineers won the toss, they didn't live up to their potential. In-form Gary Ballance lasted just 4 balls before departing for a single run, and while Brendan Taylor (37) and Riki Wessels (31) put on a good 53-run partnership for the 2nd over, that was pretty much it as far as Rhinos were concerned - no other batsmen reached double-figures, as Rhinos limped their way to 115/9. Natsai Mushangwe (3/19), Prosper Utseya (2/20) and Shingi Masakadza (2/27) did most of the damage. The target, 116 at 5.8/over, didn't exactly look hard to get.

And so it proved. While Mountaineers suffered a few setbacks along the way, the combined efforts of Hamilton Masakadza (34) and Chris Harris (39*) guided their side home with 7 balls to spare. Rhinos weren't able to contain the run rate enough to really put pressure on Mountaineers, and it told in the end. After a horrible start to the domestic season, Mountaineers seem to have found their form at just the right time, and are off to a winning start. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 115/9 (20 overs; Taylor 37, Mushangwe 3/19), Mountaineers 116/4 (18.5 overs; Harris 39*, Cremer 1/12). Mountaineers win by 6 wickets.

Mid West Rhinos innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BRM Taylor* 	c Utseya b Mushangwe 	        37 	33 	27 	3 	2 	137.03
GS Ballance 	run out (Utseya) 	        1 	3 	4 	0 	0 	25.00
MH Wessels† 	c H Masakadza b Utseya 	        31 	35 	26 	3 	0 	119.23
L Vincent 	lbw b Mushangwe 	        7 	16 	10 	0 	0 	70.00
MN Waller 	c Mushangwe b Harris 	        0 	3 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
R Benade 	c Harris b Utseya 	        9 	15 	12 	0 	0 	75.00
AG Cremer 	st †Mustard b Mushangwe 	4 	13 	12 	0 	0 	33.33
EC Rainsford 	c sub (Tiripano) b SW Masakadza 7 	10 	7 	1 	0 	100.00
SW Tait 	b SW Masakadza 	                7 	10 	9 	1 	0 	77.77
IA Nicolson 	not out 	                7 	7 	8 	1 	0 	87.50
R Muzhange 	not out 	                0 	4 	0 	0 	0 	-
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 1, w 3) 	        5 					
	Total 	(9 wickets; 20 overs; 79 mins) 	115 	(5.75 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Ballance, 1.1 ov), 2-55 (Taylor, 7.4 ov), 3-76 (Wessels, 10.4 ov), 
4-77 (Waller, 11.4 ov), 5-80 (Vincent, 12.2 ov), 6-91 (Cremer, 15.5 ov), 7-92 (Benade, 16.1 ov), 
8-106 (Rainsford, 18.1 ov), 9-110 (Tait, 18.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
DP Nannes 	4 	0 	21 	0 	5.25 	(1w) 	
SW Masakadza 	4 	0 	27 	2 	6.75 		
CZ Harris 	4 	0 	26 	1 	6.50 		
N Mushangwe 	4 	0 	19 	3 	4.75 		
P Utseya 	4 	0 	20 	2 	5.00 	(2w) 	


Mountaineers innings (target: 116 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
P Mustard† 	c Waller b Rainsford 	18 	15 	14 	4 	0 	128.57
H Masakadza* 	c †Wessels b Nicolson 	34 	55 	38 	3 	1 	89.47
KT Kasuza 	lbw b Cremer 	        2 	11 	5 	0 	0 	40.00
CZ Harris 	not out 	        39 		43 	2 	1 	90.69
G Chirimuuta 	run out (Benade) 	2 	5 	5 	0 	0 	40.00
EJ Eckersley 	not out 	        11 		10 	2 	0 	110.00
	Extras 	(lb 5, w 3, nb 2) 	10 					
	Total 	(4 wickets; 18.5 overs) 116 	(6.15 runs per over)

Did not bat:  P Utseya, SW Masakadza, N Mushangwe, DP Nannes, T Maruma

Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Mustard, 3.3 ov), 2-47 (Kasuza, 6.2 ov), 3-82 (H Masakadza, 12.6 ov), 
4-85 (Chirimuuta, 14.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Tait 	4 	0 	27 	0 	6.75 	(1nb, 1w) 	
EC Rainsford 	3 	0 	23 	1 	7.66 		
IA Nicolson 	4 	0 	24 	1 	6.00 	(1nb, 1w) 	
R Muzhange 	2.5 	0 	20 	0 	7.05 	(1w) 	
AG Cremer 	4 	0 	12 	1 	3.00 		
MN Waller 	1 	0 	6 	0 	6.00 		

Match details
Toss Mountaineers, who chose to field