[Stanbic T20] Tuskers Make in Three in a Row

Matabeleland Tuskers continued their winning streak with a third successive victory, this time at the expense of the hapless Southern Rocks team. After restricting their opponents to 114 off their 20 overs, Matabeleland Tuskers were only nine runs short of victory with nine wickets in hand when rain ended the match and gave them a calculated victory.

The bad luck which has dogged Southern Rocks this season seems to have followed them to Harare. Their first match was rained off when they were in a strong position against Mid-West Rhinos. In this their second match, not having batted yet in the tournament, they lost the toss against Matabeleland Tuskers, who had batted twice, and suffered the disadvantage of being put in to bat.

For four overs they did well, Roy Kaia and Chamu Chibhabha scoring 24 runs together. Then the wheels came off, and stayed off for most of the innings. Both openers and the Kenyan Alex Obanda, who was all at sea against the swing of Keegan Meth, fell in quick succession and the score became 26 for three. After eight overs there were only 29 runs on the board, an almost certain recipe for disaster. The Namibian Shane Burger then hit out briefly, scoring 21 off 20 balls, including a six through the open window of the pressbox.

After Burger was out there was another slump, and when the South African Jon Kent was dismissed at the start of the 18th over the score was 89 for seven. Then the tailenders Hilary Matanga (25 not out) and Tafadzwa Kamungozi (out for 13 off the final delivery of the innings) saved some face for their team with a quick 25 together, so that Southern Rocks reached 114 for eight. There were two wickets each for Meth, Glenn Querl and Tom Smith, all of them cheaply.

When they bowled, Southern Rocks could not have wished for a better start. Chris Gayle, first ball, edged a ball from Brian Vitori that moved away from him and the keeper completed the job, sending him on his way immediately. But it was a false dawn. Well as Vitori bowled, the batsmen Tom Smith and Paul Horton were under no pressure and they were content merely to see him off and then work away at the other bowlers with plenty of time to reach their target. Just after Smith reached his 50, however, a shower of rain arrived and the players had to leave the field with the score at 106 for one. They were unable to return and Matabeleland Tuskers were awarded victory by the deceptive margin of 20 runs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 114/80 (20/20 overs; Matanga 25*, Smith 2/12), Tuskers 106/1 (16.1/16.1 overs; Smith 63*, Vitori 1/10). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 20 runs (D/L method).
[Match report via ZC]

Southern Rocks innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        c Trenchard b Querl 	        10 	26 	20 	0 	0 	50.00
CJ Chibhabha 	c †Wheater b Meth 	        13 	17 	10 	2 	0 	130.00
AA Obanda 	lbw b Meth 	                0 	2 	4 	0 	0 	0.00
S Burger 	c Gayle b Smith 	        21 	27 	20 	1 	1 	105.00
R Mutumbami 	c †Wheater b Smith 	        9 	31 	21 	0 	0 	42.85
A Maregwede*† 	b Dabengwa 	                1 	2 	4 	0 	0 	25.00
JC Kent 	b Ncube 	                14 	10 	14 	1 	0 	100.00
H Matanga 	not out 	                25 	23 	16 	1 	1 	156.25
T Kamungozi 	c Ervine b Querl 	        13 	11 	11 	1 	0 	118.18
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 2, w 5) 	        8 					
	Total 	(8 wickets; 20 overs; 86 mins) 	114 	(5.70 runs per over)

Did not bat: BV Vitori, A Nel

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Chibhabha, 4.1 ov), 2-24 (Obanda, 4.5 ov), 3-26 (Kaia, 5.5 ov), 
4-54 (Burger, 11.3 ov), 5-55 (Maregwede, 12.1 ov), 6-63 (Mutumbami, 13.6 ov), 
7-89 (Kent, 17.1 ov), 8-114 (Kamungozi, 19.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	4 	0 	13 	2 	3.25 	(1w) 	
RG Querl 	4 	0 	21 	2 	5.25 	(2w) 	
TC Smith 	4 	0 	12 	2 	3.00 		
N Ncube 	3 	0 	28 	1 	9.33 	(1w) 	
KM Dabengwa 	4 	0 	29 	1 	7.25 	(1w) 	
CH Gayle 	1 	0 	8 	0 	8.00 		


Matabeleland Tuskers innings (target: 87 runs from 16.1 overs) 	
                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TC Smith 	not out 	        63 		56 	5 	0 	112.50
CH Gayle 	c †Maregwede b Vitori 	0 	4 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
PJ Horton* 	not out 	        39 		40 	3 	0 	97.50
	Extras 	(lb 2, w 2) 	        4 					
	Total 	(1 wicket; 16.1 overs) 	106 	(6.55 runs per over)

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

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Gayle, 0.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
BV Vitori 	3.1 	0 	10 	1 	3.15 		
A Nel 	        3 	0 	13 	0 	4.33 	(1w) 	
S Burger 	3 	0 	29 	0 	9.66 	(1w) 	
JC Kent 	1 	0 	6 	0 	6.00 		
R Kaia 	        2 	0 	18 	0 	9.00 		
T Kamungozi 	3 	0 	20 	0 	6.66 		
H Matanga 	1 	0 	8 	0 	8.00 		

Match details
Toss: Matabeleland Tuskers, who chose to field
Points: Matabeleland Tuskers 4, Southern Rocks 0
Player of the match: TC Smith (Matabeleland Tuskers)