[Stanbic T20] Tuskers Trample Eagles

The second match of Day One saw Chris Gayle's arrival on the scene - possibly the most-anticipated appearance of the tournament, but when Tuskers opted to field after winning the toss, Tuskers fans had to wait a little longer to see him in action. Eagles had a disappointing innings, reaching 120/8 for their allotted overs as a stead stream of wickets throughout the innings kept their scoring in check, with Njabulo Ncube (3/27) and Keegan Meth (2/15) both having good spells. Elton Chigumbura top-scored for Eagles with 26, with Andrew Hall (22) and Forster Mutizwa (21) both also chipping in, but as in the first game there were more single-digit scores on the card that double-digit ones.

No such problems for Tuskers, who raced to the target for the loss of 3 wickets, and quickly enough - within 16 overs - to secure a bonus point that puts them on top of the tournament table. There were no fireworks from Chris Gayle on this occasion - 1 wicket and just 10 runs - but Charles Coventry, batting 5th, put on a hell of a show, smashing an unbeaten 44 from just 26 balls, including 2 fours and 4 sixes, to help see his side home. For Eagles, Chigumbura, Trego and Price claimed a wicket apiece in the losing cause. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 120/8 (20 overs; Chigumbura 26, Ncube 3/27), Tuskers 123/3 (16 overs; Coventry 44*, Chigumbura 1/15). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 7 wickets.

Mashonaland Eagles innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR 	
RJ Hamilton-Brown 	c Coventry b Meth 	9 	10 	0 	1 	90.00 	
C Zhuwao 	        c Ervine b Querl 	6 	7 	0 	0 	85.71 	
PD Trego 	        c †Wheater b Ncube 	11 	11 	1 	0 	100.00 	
S Matsikenyeri*         b Meth 	                2 	3 	0 	0 	66.66 	
Rn ten Doeschate        c Ervine b Dabengwa 	4 	12 	0 	0 	33.33 	
E Chigumbura 	        b Ncube 	        26 	31 	0 	0 	83.87 	
F Mutizwa† 	        c Coventry b Ncube 	21 	20 	3 	0 	105.00 	
RW Chakabva 	        st †Wheater b Gayle 	5 	5 	1 	0 	100.00 	
AJ Hall 	        not out 	        22 	17 	1 	0 	129.41 	
RW Price 	        not out 	        2 	4 	0 	0 	50.00 	
	Extras 	(b 2, lb 6, w 4) 	        12 					
	Total 	(8 wickets; 20 overs) 	        120 	(6.00 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Jarvis

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Hamilton-Brown, 2.4 ov), 2-20 (Zhuwao, 3.1 ov), 3-26 (Matsikenyeri, 4.4 ov), 
4-32 (Trego, 5.4 ov), 5-51 (ten Doeschate, 9.4 ov), 6-86 (Mutizwa, 15.1 ov), 
7-88 (Chigumbura, 15.4 ov), 8-94 (Chakabva, 16.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	4 	0 	15 	2 	3.75 	(2w) 	
RG Querl 	3 	0 	23 	1 	7.66 		
N Ncube 	4 	0 	27 	3 	6.75 	(2w) 	
TC Smith 	3 	0 	20 	0 	6.66 		
KM Dabengwa 	4 	1 	18 	1 	4.50 		
CH Gayle 	2 	0 	9 	1 	4.50 		


Matabeleland Tuskers innings (target: 121 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TC Smith 	c Zhuwao b Trego 	        27 	42 	31 	3 	0 	87.09
CH Gayle 	c Hall b Chigumbura 	        10 	7 	9 	2 	0 	111.11
PJ Horton* 	st †Mutizwa b Price 	        30 	59 	35 	1 	0 	85.71
CK Coventry 	not out 	                44 	28 	19 	2 	4 	231.57
CR Ervine 	not out 	                5 	3 	3 	0 	0 	166.66
	Extras 	(w 6, nb 1) 	                7 					
	Total 	(3 wickets; 16 overs; 71 mins) 	123 	(7.68 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Dabengwa, AJ Wheater†, SM Trenchard, KO Meth, RG Querl, N Ncube

Fall of wickets:1-11 (Gayle, 1.4 ov), 2-62 (Smith, 9.6 ov), 3-112 (Horton, 15.1 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KM Jarvis 	        3 	0 	34 	0 	11.33 	(1nb, 1w) 	
E Chigumbura 	        2 	0 	15 	1 	7.50 		
AJ Hall 	        1 	0 	9 	0 	9.00 	(4w) 	
PD Trego 	        4 	0 	23 	1 	5.75 		
RW Price 	        4 	0 	22 	1 	5.50 	(1w) 	
RN ten Doeschate 	1 	0 	12 	0 	12.00 		
RJ Hamilton-Brown 	1 	0 	8 	0 	8.00 		

Match details
Toss: Matabeleland Tuskers, who chose to field
Points: Matabeleland Tuskers 5, Mashonaland Eagles 0