[Stanbic T20] Rhinos v Rocks Rained Off

Another poor batting performance by Mid-West Rhinos batting first left them with a small total to defend against Southern Rocks, but they were saved by the rain, which came on between innings and put an end to the match. The Masvingo team were very disappointed to be denied a likely victory by the weather after a good performance in the field.

Southern Rocks won the toss and followed the virtually obligatory custom of putting the opposition in to bat. Brendan Taylor and Gary Ballance made a fair start but, just as Taylor (11) was getting going he turned a ball from Brian Vitori, back at last after injury, to midwicket and was out when the score was 20. Riki Wessels looked the biggest danger to Southern Rocks as from the start he laid about him with a will, while Ballance played very much second fiddle. Ballance had scored 8 out of 48, having had little of the strike, when he felt obliged to get moving, but was caught by the keeper off a skier.

The most crucial moment came when Wessels, with 34 off 29 balls, threw his wicket away, trying an unnecessary reverse sweep and sending an easy catch; he walked off furious with himself. After this the Mid-West Rhinos innings went into steady decline, although Malcolm Waller (18) and Graeme Cremer (23) began well but failed to finish. The final total was only 131 for seven, with Tafadzwa Kamungozi (two for 17) and Shane Burger (two for 14) returning good figures off their four overs each.

Minutes after the players left the field, the rain started, and soon was so heavy as to make it obvious further play was impossible. Southern Rocks had good reason to feel aggrieved; a victory for them was not assured, but the odds were perhaps better than two to one in their favour. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 131/7 (20 overs; Wessels 34, Burger 2/15), Rocks did not bat. No result - rain.
[Match report via ZC]

Mid West Rhinos innings (20 overs maximum)	
						R	M	B	4s	6s	SR
BRM Taylor*	c Kent b Vitori			11	14	13	2	0	84.61
GS Ballance	c †Maregwede b Burger		8	32	16	0	0	50.00
MH Wessels†	c Matanga b Kamungozi		34	37	28	3	1	121.42
L Vincent	lbw b Kaia			1	6	3	0	0	33.33
MN Waller	c Burger b Matanga		18	19	15	2	0	120.00
R Benade	b Matanga			12	25	16	0	0	75.00
AG Cremer	c Matanga b Burger		21	16	18	1	0	116.66
EC Rainsford	not out				10	14	8	1	0	125.00
SW Tait		not out				4	3	4	0	0	100.00
	Extras	(lb 4, w 7, nb 1)		12					
	Total	(7 wickets; 20 overs; 80 mins)	131	(6.55 runs per over)

Did not bat: R Muzhange, MT Chinouya

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Taylor, 3.2 ov), 2-48 (Ballance, 7.2 ov), 3-54 (Vincent, 8.3 ov), 
4-75 (Wessels, 11.1 ov), 5-88 (Waller, 13.6 ov), 6-102 (Benade, 16.2 ov), 7-126 (Cremer, 19.1 ov)

Bowling		O	M	R	W	Econ		
A Nel		3	0	20	0	6.66	(1nb, 1w)	
BV Vitori	3	0	22	1	7.33	(1w)	
JC Kent		1	0	7	0	7.00	(1w)	
T Kamungozi	3	0	12	1	4.00		
S Burger	3	0	15	2	5.00		
R Kaia	4	0	32	1	8.00	(4w)	
H Matanga	3	0	19	2	6.33		

Southern Rocks team	 	 
R Kaia, CJ Chibhabha, AA Obanda, S Burger, R Mutumbami, A Maregwede*†, JC Kent, T Kamungozi, 
H Matanga, BV Vitori, A Nel

Match details
Toss: Southern Rocks, who chose to field
Points: Mid West Rhinos 2, Southern Rocks 2
Twenty20 debut: R Kaia (Southern Rocks)