[Stanbic T20] Eagles Soar Through to Next Playoff Round

Eagles met Rhinos in the first playoff match of the Stanbic T20 this morning, with the price of failure being elimination from the tournament. Eagles were put in to bat after Rhinos won the toss, and got off to a storming start as openers Ryan ten Doeschate and Stuart Matsikenyeri put on a 109-run partnership off just 56 balls before ten Doeschate departed for 63; Matsikenyeri went on to score 89. Richard Muzhange led the Rhinos' bowling, taking 3/24 at an economy of 6/over - a rare bright spot in an innings that saw Cremer, Benade and Mugava each smashed around at over 10/over. With the openers having done the hard work, there wasn't much to write home about for the other batsmen - but with Eagles closing on 195/5, it was clear that Rhinos would have their work cut out for them.

Rhinos were under the cosh from then end of the 4th over, when "captain fantastic" Brendan Taylor departed for 24. The Rhinos middle order failed to come to the party, with numbers 3-7 all failing to reach double figures; barring some resistance by Riki Wessels (42) at the top and a short-lived fightback by Simon Mugava (13) and Shaun Tait (26) in the tail, the result would have been complete embarassment for the Rhinos; as it was they were still bowled out for 142, handing Eagles a 53-run win and a place in tomorrow's playoff. Peter Trego led the good work by Eagles' bowlers, taking 4/27. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 195/5 (20 overs; Matsikenyeri 89, Muzhange 3/24). Rhinos 142 (18.2 overs; Wessels 42, Trego 4/27). Mashonaland Eagles win by 53 runs.

Mashonaland Eagles innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
RN ten Doeschate 	c Mugava b Chinouya 	63 	37 	33 	4 	6 	190.90
S Matsikenyeri 	        b Muzhange 	        89 	77 	51 	7 	5 	174.50
PD Trego 	        b Muzhange 	        21 	27 	20 	1 	1 	105.00
E Chigumbura 	        run out (†Wessels) 	11 	20 	13 	0 	0 	84.61
AJ Hall 	        lbw b Muzhange 	        2 	4 	3 	0 	0 	66.66
F Mutizwa 	        not out 	        1 	3 	2 	0 	0 	50.00
	Extras 	(lb 2, w 4, nb 2) 	        8 					
	Total 	(5 wickets; 20 overs; 86 mins) 	195 	(9.75 runs per over)

Did not bat: RJ Hamilton-Brown*, N Waller, RW Chakabva†, TC Mutombodzi, KM Jarvis

Fall of wickets: 1-109 (ten Doeschate, 9.2 ov), 2-175 (Trego, 15.5 ov), 3-184 (Matsikenyeri, 17.6 ov), 
4-189 (Hall, 19.1 ov), 5-195 (Chigumbura, 19.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Tait 	4 	0 	24 	0 	6.00 	(2nb, 4w) 	
MT Chinouya 	4 	0 	38 	1 	9.50 		
R Muzhange 	4 	0 	24 	3 	6.00 		
SM Mugava 	3 	0 	32 	0 	10.66 		
AG Cremer 	4 	0 	60 	0 	15.00 		
R Benade 	1 	0 	15 	0 	15.00 		


Mid West Rhinos innings (target: 196 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BRM Taylor* 	b Trego 	                24 	18 	15 	3 	1 	160.00
MH Wessels† 	b Trego 	                42 	50 	28 	3 	2 	150.00
L Vincent 	c Chigumbura b Hall 	        6 	6 	5 	1 	0 	120.00
GS Ballance 	c †Chakabva b Trego 	        8 	13 	9 	1 	0 	88.88
MN Waller 	c ten Doeschate b Chigumbura 	2 	3 	3 	0 	0 	66.66
R Benade 	run out (†Chakabva) 	        7 	16 	12 	0 	0 	58.33
AG Cremer 	b Trego 	                7 	5 	6 	0 	1 	116.66
SM Mugava 	c †Chakabva b Jarvis 	        13 	15 	14 	1 	0 	92.85
SW Tait 	b Hamilton-Brown 	        26 	18 	13 	0 	3 	200.00
R Muzhange 	c †Chakabva b Mutombodzi 	3 	3 	5 	0 	0 	60.00
MT Chinouya 	not out 	                1 	2 	2 	0 	0 	50.00
	Extras 	(w 1, nb 2) 	                3 					
	Total 	(all out; 18.2 overs; 79 mins) 	142 	(7.74 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Taylor, 3.6 ov), 2-46 (Vincent, 5.1 ov), 3-70 (Ballance, 8.2 ov), 
4-77 (Waller, 9.1 ov), 5-86 (Wessels, 10.5 ov), 6-96 (Cremer, 12.3 ov), 7-104 (Benade, 13.3 ov), 
8-124 (Mugava, 16.4 ov), 9-128 (Muzhange, 17.2 ov), 10-142 (Tait, 18.2 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KM Jarvis 	        4 	0 	26 	1 	6.50 	(2nb) 	
AJ Hall 	        2 	0 	12 	1 	6.00 		
N Waller 	        2 	0 	36 	0 	18.00 	(1nb) 	
PD Trego 	        4 	0 	27 	4 	6.75 	(1w) 	
E Chigumbura 	        2 	0 	15 	1 	7.50 		
RJ Hamilton-Brown 	2.2 	0 	16 	1 	6.85 		
TC Mutombodzi 	        2 	0 	21 	1 	10.50 		

Match details
Toss: Mid West Rhinos, who chose to field
Series: Mashonaland Eagles advanced
Player of the match: PD Trego (Mashonaland Eagles)