[Stanbic T20] Mountaineers Maintain Winning Momentum

An impressive all-round performance by Mountaineers gained them a straightforward victory over the struggling Southern Rocks team. The batting was a good team performance, while Shingi Masakadza led the bowling with three cheap wickets. On today’s showing, Mountaineers look to be heading for the final of this tournament.

On another hot sunny day Southern Rocks won the toss and, as always, put Mountaineers in to bat. Phil Mustard gave Mountaineers his usual cracking start, with two powerful boundaries immediately, but Hamilton Masakadza pulled a catch straight to mid-on for 8. Then came a crucial partnership between Mustard (40 off 31 balls) and Kevin Kasuza (27), who added 60 for the second wicket in just over six overs. When Mustard was caught at long-on at the end of the tenth over, the score was a promising 82 for two.

This gave the later batsmen the licence to hit out, and although there were no major partnerships after that, the score was doubled in the last ten overs. The best stand was that of 36 between Kudzai Sauramba, making his T20 debut, and Shingi Masakadza (13 off 10 balls). Sauramba is rather small in stature but he certainly packs a punch, to the extent of scoring 36 not out off 15 balls, including three sixes. He took the total to 166 for six, a daunting task for Southern Rocks. Despite this the bowling was generally steady, with Roy Kaia removing Mustard, Kasuza and Chris Harris for 31 with his gentle slow-medium bowling.

Southern Rocks never looked like challenging, especially after they lost both openers to Shingi Masakadza for 16, using five overs in the process. Jon Kent and Shane Burger fought back with a good partnership, and when Kent was unluckily run out after ten overs, the score was 49 for three. But this required 117 from the last ten overs, a near-impossible task. Burger and Tendai Chisoro added 51 in six overs before Chisoro fell to a brilliant boundary catch by Shingi Masakadza, the total then being 100 in the 16th over.

Burger’s 50 soon followed, off only 34 balls, but even this was not enough to match the merciless required run rate. He eventually fell in the 19th over, caught at backward point for 62 off 43 balls. Shingi Masakadza came back for the final over to take another wicket and finish with the excellent figures of three for 14 off his four overs. Dirk Nannes, with one for 17 off four, also had unusual figures for this form of the game. Southern Rocks could only manage 123 for six, and were far enough behind to earn Mountaineers a bonus point. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 166/6 (20 overs; Mustard 40, Kaia 3/31), Rocks 123/6 (20 overs; Burger 62, S Masakadza 3/14). Mountaineers win by 43 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

Mountaineers innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
H Masakadza 	c Matanga b Nel 	        8 	15 	9 	1 	0 	88.88
P Mustard† 	c Nel b Kaia 	                40 	44 	31 	5 	1 	129.03
KT Kasuza 	c Vitori b Kaia 	        27 	32 	23 	1 	1 	117.39
T Maruma* 	b Matanga 	                20 	22 	20 	1 	1 	100.00
CZ Harris 	b Kaia 	                        10 	14 	11 	0 	0 	90.90
K Sauramba 	not out 	                36 	19 	15 	1 	3 	240.00
SW Masakadza 	c Chisoro b Burger 	        13 	10 	9 	2 	0 	144.44
EJ Eckersley 	not out 	                1 	5 	3 	0 	0 	33.33
	Extras 	(lb 5, w 5, nb 1) 	        11 					
	Total 	(6 wickets; 20 overs; 83 mins) 	166 	(8.30 runs per over)

Did not bat: P Utseya, N Mushangwe, DP Nannes

Fall of wickets: 1-22 (H Masakadza, 3.2 ov), 2-82 (Mustard, 9.6 ov), 3-86 (Kasuza, 11.1 ov), 
4-113 (Harris, 15.2 ov), 5-122 (Maruma, 16.1 ov), 6-158 (SW Masakadza, 18.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
BV Vitori 	4 	0 	23 	0 	5.75 	(1w) 	
A Nel 	        3 	0 	26 	1 	8.66 	(1nb, 2w) 	
TS Chisoro 	1 	0 	9 	0 	9.00 		
S Burger 	3 	0 	24 	1 	8.00 		
T Kamungozi 	3 	0 	27 	0 	9.00 	(1w) 	
R Kaia 	        4 	0 	31 	3 	7.75 		
H Matanga 	2 	0 	21 	1 	10.50 	(1w) 	


Southern Rocks innings (target: 167 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        b SW Masakadza 	                6 	20 	11 	0 	0 	54.54
CJ Chibhabha 	b SW Masakadza 	                3 	9 	9 	0 	0 	33.33
JC Kent 	run out (Utseya) 	        24 	29 	26 	2 	0 	92.30
S Burger 	c Harris b Nannes 	        62 	52 	43 	2 	2 	144.18
TS Chisoro 	c SW Masakadza b Harris 	19 	20 	17 	0 	1 	111.76
R Mutumbami 	not out 	                7 	18 	8 	0 	0 	87.50
A Maregwede*† 	b SW Masakadza 	                2 	3 	4 	0 	0 	50.00
H Matanga 	not out 	                0 	1 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 		                        0 					
	Total 	(6 wickets; 20 overs; 78 mins) 	123 	(6.15 runs per over)

Did not bat: T Kamungozi, BV Vitori, A Nel

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Chibhabha, 2.3 ov), 2-16 (Kaia, 4.5 ov), 3-49 (Kent, 9.6 ov), 
4-100 (Chisoro, 15.5 ov), 5-120 (Burger, 18.5 ov), 6-123 (Maregwede, 19.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
P Utseya 	4 	0 	35 	0 	8.75 		
DP Nannes 	4 	0 	17 	1 	4.25 		
SW Masakadza 	4 	0 	14 	3 	3.50 		
N Mushangwe 	4 	0 	27 	0 	6.75 		
CZ Harris 	4 	0 	30 	1 	7.50 		

Match details
Toss: Southern Rocks, who chose to field
Points: Mountaineers 5, Southern Rocks 0
Twenty20 debut: K Sauramba (Mountaineers)
Player of the match: SW Masakadza (Mountaineers)