[Stanbic T20] Mountaineers Thump Eagles

A good battle between Mashonaland Eagles and Mountaineers was rather spoiled by the weather, which worked against Mountaineers after they had made a fine start batting first, and even more so when Mashonaland Eagles chased a reasonable target of 140, which rapidly became a difficult one under the conditions.

Mashonaland Eagles followed the invariable practice of fielding when they won the toss, but Mountaineers this time were well prepared for it and came out in fine spirit. Tino Mawoyo led the charge, swatting the first legitimate delivery of the match, from Elton Chigumbura, over cover for six. He was dropped at slip off Kyle Jarvis in the next over, but ran to 16 off 10 balls before departing. With Phil Mustard and Hamilton Masakadza in, the scoring rate was more than ten an over, and the score was 58 for two in the sixth over when Mustard was brilliantly run out by Jarvis for 22 off 12 balls.

The 100 went up in the 13th over, but shortly afterwards Masakadza was caught at long-off and Mountaineers’ problems began. The light worsened seriously, batting became more difficult and rain caused a break of 23 minutes at 120 for five after 16 overs. Resuming afterwards lost their innings more momentum, and although they tried to hit out in the four overs remaining, they only managed a total of 139 for seven. Nathan Waller, with three for 20, was the most successful bowler.

If batting was difficult for Mountaineers, though, it was by no means easy for Mashonaland Eagles, although the light had improved a little. Dirk Nannes struck two devastating blows with his first two deliveries, trapping Rory Hamilton-Brown lbw and then bowling Peter Trego. Stuart Matsikenyeri, who opened with Hamilton-Brown, hit briefly and boldly for 19, and there followed a useful stand of 32 between Ryan ten Doeschate (18) and Regis Chakabva. When ten Doeschate skied a catch, superbly taken by Shingi Masakadza, the score was 58 for four in the ninth over and Mashonaland Eagles were falling slightly behind. But there were still powerful guns to come in Chigumbura, Forster Mutizwa and Andrew Hall.

Another useful partnership, with Chigumbura, was cut short when Chakabva was lbw for 23, attempting a reverse sweep. The required run rate was now almost 10, and quickly worsened as the batsmen struggled in what was rapidly becoming semi-darkness. At 15 overs 59 were needed in five – but all was not lost as long as Chigumbura and Hall stayed together. But then the rain began again, and the match was over, awarded in favour of the Mountaineers. On the whole this was a fair result. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 139/7 (20/20 overs; H Masakadza 36, Waller 3/20), Eagles 82/6 (15.1/15.1 overs; Chakabva 23, Nannes 2/9). Mountaineers win by 22 runs (D/L method).
[Match report via ZC]

Mountaineers innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	c †Chakabva b Trego 	        16 	11 	10 	0 	2 	160.00
P Mustard† 	run out (Jarvis) 	        22 	27 	12 	4 	0 	183.33
H Masakadza* 	c Jarvis b Waller 	        36 	44 	27 	3 	1 	133.33
KT Kasuza 	c Chigumbura b Price 	        9 	10 	9 	1 	0 	100.00
CZ Harris 	c Hall b Waller 	        17 	26 	29 	1 	0 	58.62
EJ Eckersley 	not out 	                12 	23 	14 	1 	0 	85.71
SW Masakadza 	c Matsikenyeri b Waller 	2 	7 	8 	0 	0 	25.00
G Chirimuuta 	b Hall 	                        6 	6 	8 	1 	0 	75.00
P Utseya 	not out 	                7 	5 	4 	1 	0 	175.00
	Extras 	(lb 2, w 8, nb 2) 	        12 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 20 overs; 85 mins) 	139 	(6.95 runs per over)

Did not bat: DP Nannes, N Mushangwe

Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Mawoyo, 2.2 ov), 2-58 (Mustard, 5.1 ov), 3-72 (Kasuza, 7.3 ov), 
4-107 (H Masakadza, 13.3 ov), 5-118 (Harris, 15.3 ov), 6-122 (SW Masakadza, 17.1 ov), 
7-131 (Chirimuuta, 18.6 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
E Chigumbura 	        1 	0 	11 	0 	11.00 	(1nb) 	
KM Jarvis 	        2 	0 	21 	0 	10.50 	(1nb) 	
PD Trego 	        2 	0 	25 	1 	12.50 	(1w) 	
AJ Hall 	        3 	0 	16 	1 	5.33 		
N Waller 	        4 	0 	20 	3 	5.00 		
RJ Hamilton-Brown 	3 	0 	24 	0 	8.00 	(1w) 	
RW Price 	        4 	0 	11 	1 	2.75 		
RN ten Doeschate 	1 	0 	9 	0 	9.00 	(2w) 	


Mashonaland Eagles innings (target: 105 runs from 15.1 overs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
S Matsikenyeri* 	b SW Masakadza          	19 	21 	16 	4 	0 	118.75
RJ Hamilton-Brown 	lbw b Nannes 	                0 	4 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
PD Trego 	        b Nannes 	                0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
RN ten Doeschate 	c SW Masakadza b Utseya 	18 	29 	22 	1 	0 	81.81
RW Chakabva† 	        lbw b Mushangwe 	        23 	27 	24 	1 	0 	95.83
E Chigumbura 	        not out 	                13 	20 	20 	0 	0 	65.00
N Waller 	        c SW Masakadza b Harris 	1 	3 	6 	0 	0 	16.66
AJ Hall 	        not out 	                1 	3 	1 	0 	0 	100.00
	Extras 	(w 7) 	7 					
	Total 	(6 wickets; 15.1 overs; 57 mins) 	82 	(5.40 runs per over)

Did not bat: RW Price, F Mutizwa, KM Jarvis

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Hamilton-Brown, 1.1 ov), 2-8 (Trego, 1.2 ov), 3-26 (Matsikenyeri, 4.1 ov), 
4-58 (ten Doeschate, 8.5 ov), 5-75 (Chakabva, 13.1 ov), 6-78 (Waller, 14.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
H Masakadza 	1 	0 	8 	0 	8.00 		
DP Nannes 	2 	0 	9 	2 	4.50 	(2w) 	
SW Masakadza 	2 	0 	18 	1 	9.00 		
CZ Harris 	4 	0 	18 	1 	4.50 	(1w) 	
P Utseya 	3 	0 	19 	1 	6.33 	(2w) 	
N Mushangwe 	3.1 	0 	10 	1 	3.15 		

Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to field
Points: Mountaineers 5, Mashonaland Eagles 0
Player of the match: DP Nannes (Mountaineers)