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.
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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).
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The first match of the second day held particular interest as it was contested by the two winning teams of the first day, both teams well capable of winning the tournament. Matabeleland Tuskers won the day, with the former West Indian captain Chris Gayle turning in a star performance to make 61 with the bat and then take four wickets for just 22 runs with the ball. Paul Horton, Craig Ervine, Keegan Meth and Keith Dabengwa also had good mornings as the Bulawayo team triumphed.
Mountaineers won the toss and, as usual, put the opposition in to bat. Matabeleland Tuskers, however, had a cunning plan to counter the tendency of inexperienced local players to collapse when batting first through inability to pace the innings: they sent their experienced overseas players in first. Tom Smith quickly fell, caught behind off the glove off a lifting ball from Dirk Nannes, but then Gayle and Horton shared a fine partnership of 95.
Gayle in particular dominated, although for most of his innings he did not appear to do so, as he just kept the score ticking over regularly through his skill and experience. He had a lucky escape on 18, when he sliced a ball that lobbed gently over point, just out of reach of three fielders running for it. Later he started to open up, hitting Mushangwe for two sixes in an over, including the biggest of the day, straight over the media centre. His 50 came off 33 balls, and when he was finally caught on the midwicket boundary off the deceptive bowling of Chris Harris he had made 61 off 38 balls, including three fours and five sixes. The score was 98 for two after 13 overs.
Horton soon followed for 32, also diddled out by Harris, and Charles Coventry (17) and Ervine (30 not out) took over with some aggressive batting. Ervine for once outshone his partner and hit three sixes, facing only 15 balls. The final total was an impressive 161 for four, although Mountaineers certainly had the batting to challenge this. Harris was the most successful bowler, with two for 21 off his four overs, while Nannes also bowled very well with two for 29.
It promised to be a good finish. Meth quickly struck for Matabeleland Tuskers, having Tino Mawoyo caught at midwicket for 1 off the third ball of the innings, but then came a crucial stand between Phil Mustard and Hamilton Masakadza. They put on 49 in six overs, and Masakadza gave Gayle some of his own treatment, swinging the ball for a huge six over midwicket when the West Indian came on to bowl. But not much else could be done against Gayle. He broke the stand by having Mustard caught at long-on for 15, though there was most credit here to a superb leaping one-handed catch by Meth. Keith Dabengwa took the crucial wicket of Masakadza, stumped for 45 off 34 balls; and the score was 80 for three at the start of the eleventh over, as well balanced as could be.
The 100 came up in the 13th over, but then Gayle struck a double blow that proved to be crucial. He removed Kevin Kasuza for 24 and Shingi Masakadza next ball, leaving Mountaineers at 103 for five and suddenly struggling. 54 runs were needed off the last five overs, and then Ted Eckersley fell right into Gayle’s trap, swinging a shortish ball straight to deep midwicket. Chris Harris (19) fell to a fine return catch by Dabengwa off a powerful drive and, with the situation now next to impossible, the last few batsmen slogged and perished. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 161/4 (20 overs; Gayle 61, Harris 2/21), Mountaineers 142/9 (20 overs; H Masakadza 45, Gayle 4/22). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 18 runs.
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Rhinos looked to have the stronger batting lineup on paper but, put into bat after Mountaineers won the toss, they didn't live up to their potential. In-form Gary Ballance lasted just 4 balls before departing for a single run, and while Brendan Taylor (37) and Riki Wessels (31) put on a good 53-run partnership for the 2nd over, that was pretty much it as far as Rhinos were concerned - no other batsmen reached double-figures, as Rhinos limped their way to 115/9. Natsai Mushangwe (3/19), Prosper Utseya (2/20) and Shingi Masakadza (2/27) did most of the damage. The target, 116 at 5.8/over, didn't exactly look hard to get.
And so it proved. While Mountaineers suffered a few setbacks along the way, the combined efforts of Hamilton Masakadza (34) and Chris Harris (39*) guided their side home with 7 balls to spare. Rhinos weren't able to contain the run rate enough to really put pressure on Mountaineers, and it told in the end. After a horrible start to the domestic season, Mountaineers seem to have found their form at just the right time, and are off to a winning start. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 115/9 (20 overs; Taylor 37, Mushangwe 3/19), Mountaineers 116/4 (18.5 overs; Harris 39*, Cremer 1/12). Mountaineers win by 6 wickets.
This was the last match of the Harare leg of the Kenyan tour, and Mountaineers saw them off to Kwekwe with a fairly straghtforward 14-run win. Kevin Kasuza, who's been perhaps the Mountaineers' most impressive performer this season, once again made an impression with the bat, amassing 45 from 40 balls and, along with Harris (22) and Maruma (25) doing most of the work. Kenya in reply couldn't keep up with the require run-rate, and ended on 112/8. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 126/6 (20 overs; Kasuza 45, Varaiya 3/24), Kenya 112/8 (20 overs; Aga 37, Chatara 3/18). Mountaineers win by 14 runs.
Mountaineers coasted to an easy innings victory over the sadly depleted Southern Rocks team on the third day of their match at Harare Sports Club. The match was over shortly after tea, a good all-round performance by the home side.
Mountaineers continued their innings in the morning from their overnight score of 389 for five, with Timycen Maruma on 112 and Prosper Utseya on 63. They batted on for over an hour, perhaps with the batsmen’s individual landmarks in view. They pushed the score on briskly without looking to take the bowling to pieces, but both failed to reach their next landmarks, due to some good bowling from Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi. He bowled Utseya for 94, the batsman petulantly swatting his stumps down as he left the crease, and then a faster ball bowled out the Mountaineers captain. Maruma had made 149 off 223 balls, with 17 fours and three huge leg-side sixes.
At this point he declared, with a total of 467 for seven wickets and a lead on 321 on the first innings. Overall the best bowler was Prince Masvaure, with two for 44 off 16 overs, the best figures and the most economical, but he was not used on the third morning.
With more than five sessions to go and negligible chance of significant rain, Southern Rocks were in a seemingly hopeless position. In the second over they lost Sam Mwakayeni (2), shouldering arms and having his stumps shattered by a ball from Donald Tiripano. This was followed, though, by Southern Rocks’ best batting of the match – in fact, their ONLY good batting period of the match. Roy Kaia and Robertson Chinyengetere batted soundly until lunch, when the score was 54 for one.
After lunch Kaia began to open up and play some fine attacking shots, while his partner contented himself with blocking up the other end. In no time Kaia had reached his fifty, a landmark he achieved with a superb six over long-off. The pair took the score to 108, the first time this season Southern Rocks had reached 100 with only one wicket down in the Logan Cup. But then, after such fine batting by Kaia in particular, they fell in successive overs. First Chinyengetere played a weak stroke outside the off stump and was caught at the wicket off Shingi Masakadza for 30; then Kaia, with 69, drove a low catch straight to long-on off Utseya.
The middle order showed little fight, and soon the score was 129 for six. At this stage Stanley Marisa and Tendai Chisoro showed some fight, staying together to make the score 160 at tea. Shortly afterwards, though, Chisoro fell for 19, the next two batsmen came and went, and the closing stages were only enlivened by some defiant blows from the last man Taurai Muzarabani, who hit three sixes in scoring 19 not out off eight balls. Then Marisa’s defiant innings ended at 29, lbw to Natsai Mushangwe, and the team total had at least passed 200.
After their disastrous start to the season, Mountaineers are now on their way up and it is to be hoped they have regained the confidence to take on the stronger teams again. For Southern Rocks, virtually the only way is up, but to do that their top players need to start off by staying fit. Scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 146 (64.2 overs; Muzarabani 24*, Chatara 3/50) & 207 (63.1 overs; Kaia 69, Mushangwe 3/65), Mountaineers 467/7 decl (120.5 overs; Maruma 149, Mustard 105, Masvaure 2/44). Mountaineers win by an innings and 114 runs.
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Took them a while, but Mountaineers have finally broken their duck in the Pro50, with a win over Southern Rocks - although it was a match they should probably have lost as, batting first, Rocks had them reduced to 18/5 before Kevin Kasuza (129*) played a match-winning innings, adding 126 for the 6th wicket with Gary Chirimuta (46). He didn't find much support from the tail after that, but his efforts helped lift the side to 229 before his side were bowled out, giving them at least a chance of defending. In reply, though, Rocks made it easy for them, imploding to 123 all out in 36 overs, with Natsai Mushangwe again bringing himself to the attention of national selectors by taking 5/22 as Mountaineers eased to a 106-run win. The fragility of their batting lineup will be a concern - decent performances by them are few and far between this season - but a win is a win and Mountaineers will be happy to finally get some points on the board. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 229 (38.2 overs; Kasuza 129*, Kaia 4/22), Rocks 123 (36.2 overs; Chisoro 31, Mushangwe 5/22). Mountaineers win by 106 runs.
Mountaineers finally got a mark in the win column after their very poor start to the domestic season, with a 3-wicket win over Midwest Rhinos in Kwekwe. Early on, it had looked Rhinos' game - batting first after being put into bat, they posted 309, led by captain Gary Ballance (100) and Roland Benade (98) - although the small detail that the rest of the team failed to do much was perhaps a warning sign of what was to come. Shingi Masakadza (5/47) and Tendai Chatara (3/68) did the damage with the ball, with Masakadza adding impressive economy to the mix, conceding only 47 runs from the 25 overs he bowled. In reply, Mountaineers appeared to be in all sorts of trouble early on, collapsing initially to 6/77 before some fight was found, then falling further to 132/9 when wickets 7-9 fell for 21 runs. The 10th-wicket pairing of Kevin Kasuza and Tapiwa Mufudza managed to add another 92 runs, frustrating Rhinos and seeing Mountaineers to a half-decent 224 before Mufudza was finally removed. Kasuza, who had been 3rd man in, ended on an unbeaten 132 and can take a lot of credit for Mountaineers' eventual win.
If their first knock was dominated by two notable knock and not much else, Rhinos' second knock simply featured not much. The usually-reliable Ballance was out for a 15-ball duck, and while Riki Wessels (40) and Simon Mugava (30) tried to bring some respectability to their innings there again wasn't much support from elsewhere in the lineup as Rhinos were knocked over for just 143, leaving Mountaineers with a target of 229 to win, with Tendai Chatara again in the wickets with 5/56. For Mountaineers, it was once again a one-man show, with Ned Eckersley stepping up to the plate this time to lead the innings - after coming to the crease with Mountaineers on 2/33, he marshalled the side through most of the remainder of the chase, scoring 85 before departing with the score on 209, his only real support coming from Timycen Maruma (41). But he'd done his part, and Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano completed the innings to see Mountaineers home. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 309 (103.1 overs; Ballance 100, Masakadza 5/47) & 143 (67.1 overs; Wessels 40, Chatara 5/56), Mountaineers 224 (69.5 overs; Kasuza 132*, Rainsford 3/31) & 230/7 (74.3 overs; Eckersley 85, Rainsford 2/34). Mountaineers win by 3 wickets.
Midwest Rhinos claimed a 5-wicket victory over Mountaineers, who continue to struggle this season, remaining winless in both the Pro50 and Logan Cup competitions. Batting first, Mountaineers posted 221/8 from their 50 overs, led by Jethro Maudzi's 77 on his List A debut, while Richard Muzhange took 4/45 for Rhinos. That target proved to be no real problem for Rhinos to overhaul, though - Stephen Marillier (40), Rememberance Nyathi (46) and Riki Wessels 48) each played a significant role in the chase, with Rhinos reaching their target with 11 overs to spare. Tendai Chatara led the bowling figures for Mountaineers, taking 3/70, but this was yet another game that Mountaineers will want to forget. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 221/8 (50 overs; Maudzi 77, Muzhange 4/45), Rhinos 224/5 (39 overs; Wessels 48, Chatara 3/70). Midwest Rhinos win by 5 wickets
Mashonaland Eagles 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR SP Gupo c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 4 9 9 1 0 44.44 Sikandar Raza c Dawson b Mushangwe 39 134 103 5 0 37.86 F Mutizwa† c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 28 55 45 5 0 62.22 S Matsikenyeri* c Mawoyo b SW Masakadza 1 10 4 0 0 25.00 E Chigumbura c Mawoyo b Tiripano 19 52 50 1 2 38.00 TN Garwe c †Katsande b Maruma 22 55 33 4 0 66.66 MRH Mbofana b Tiripano 64 219 160 5 3 40.00 N Waller c Kasuza b Maruma 0 2 2 0 0 0.00 TC Mutombodzi c Mawoyo b SW Masakadza 62 141 127 7 1 48.81 RW Price not out 9 26 11 0 0 81.81 KM Jarvis c †Katsande b Tiripano 4 7 10 0 0 40.00 Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 6) 15 Total (all out; 91.2 overs; 443 mins) 267 (2.92 runs per over) Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Gupo, 2.3 ov), 2-46 (Mutizwa, 14.5 ov), 3-57 (Matsikenyeri, 16.6 ov), 4-95 (Chigumbura, 33.5 ov), 5-95 (Sikandar Raza, 34.4 ov), 6-136 (Garwe, 46.4 ov), 7-136 (Waller, 46.6 ov), 8-250 (Mutombodzi, 85.4 ov), 9-263 (Mbofana, 89.4 ov), 10-267 (Jarvis, 91.2 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ SW Masakadza 24 8 67 4 2.79 (3nb, 1w) DT Tiripano 15.4 4 43 3 2.74 (1nb) S Mujaji 15.4 3 51 0 3.25 (2nb) N Mushangwe 20 5 47 1 2.35 T Maruma 8 1 22 2 2.75 LA Dawson 8 1 33 0 4.12 Mountaineers 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR TMK Mawoyo run out (Mutombodzi) 11 57 39 2 0 28.20 B Mlambo b Garwe 17 44 31 1 1 54.83 H Masakadza lbw b Chigumbura 32 136 94 6 0 34.04 LA Dawson not out 110 276 229 11 2 48.03 T Maruma* b Price 6 23 21 1 0 28.57 KT Kasuza lbw b Price 5 21 17 1 0 29.41 SW Masakadza b Price 13 23 18 1 1 72.22 B Katsande† lbw b Mutombodzi 17 31 32 1 0 53.12 DT Tiripano lbw b Jarvis 7 36 28 1 0 25.00 N Mushangwe lbw b Chigumbura 0 6 5 0 0 0.00 S Mujaji b Chigumbura 0 7 3 0 0 0.00 Extras (b 3, lb 2, w 2, nb 4) 11 Total (all out; 85.3 overs; 333 mins) 229 (2.67 runs per over) Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Mlambo, 10.2 ov), 2-42 (Mawoyo, 12.5 ov), 3-112 (H Masakadza, 44.2 ov), 4-121 (Maruma, 51.1 ov), 5-131 (Kasuza, 55.4 ov), 6-155 (SW Masakadza, 61.2 ov), 7-190 (Katsande, 72.2 ov), 8-217 (Tiripano, 82.3 ov), 9-224 (Mushangwe, 83.6 ov), 10-229 (Mujaji, 85.3 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ TN Garwe 7 2 17 1 2.42 KM Jarvis 16 4 52 1 3.25 (2nb, 2w) MRH Mbofana 5 1 17 0 3.40 E Chigumbura 13.3 5 12 3 0.88 (1nb) N Waller 5 3 13 0 2.60 RW Price 26 4 64 3 2.46 TC Mutombodzi 13 1 49 1 3.76 (1nb) Mashonaland Eagles 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR SP Gupo lbw b Mujaji 3 57 37 0 0 8.10 Sikandar Raza c Mawoyo b Dawson 74 130 102 9 2 72.54 F Mutizwa† lbw b Dawson 83 188 141 6 3 58.86 E Chigumbura lbw b Mushangwe 5 23 28 0 0 17.85 S Matsikenyeri* c Mujaji b Dawson 2 13 18 0 0 11.11 TN Garwe c †Katsande b Dawson 0 2 2 0 0 0.00 MRH Mbofana b Mushangwe 0 2 5 0 0 0.00 N Waller c Mushangwe b Dawson 16 16 12 0 2 133.33 TC Mutombodzi lbw b Dawson 0 2 2 0 0 0.00 RW Price c †Katsande b Dawson 3 33 26 0 0 11.53 KM Jarvis not out 1 22 8 0 0 12.50 Extras (b 16, lb 2, nb 7) 25 Total (all out; 62.2 overs; 252 mins) 212 (3.40 runs per over) Fall of wickets: 1-49 (Gupo, 12.5 ov), 2-114 (Sikandar Raza, 30.3 ov), 3-126 (Chigumbura, 37.3 ov), 4-139 (Matsikenyeri, 42.3 ov), 5-139 (Garwe, 42.5 ov), 6-140 (Mbofana, 43.5 ov), 7-165 (Waller, 48.3 ov), 8-165 (Mutombodzi, 48.5 ov), 9-195 (Price, 56.6 ov), 10-212 (Mutizwa, 62.2 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ SW Masakadza 8 3 23 0 2.87 (3nb) DT Tiripano 8 2 32 0 4.00 (2nb) S Mujaji 5 1 20 1 4.00 (2nb) N Mushangwe 23 0 68 2 2.95 LA Dawson 18.2 4 51 7 2.78 Mountaineers 2nd innings (target: 251 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR TMK Mawoyo c †Mutizwa b Waller 12 62 43 2 0 27.90 B Mlambo c Sikandar Raza b Chigumbura 4 28 25 1 0 16.00 H Masakadza lbw b Mbofana 38 93 61 6 0 62.29 LA Dawson b Mutombodzi 15 52 32 1 0 46.87 T Maruma* b Mbofana 3 20 18 0 0 16.66 KT Kasuza c Mutombodzi b Price 12 32 24 2 0 50.00 SW Masakadza st †Mutizwa b Mutombodzi 8 5 8 2 0 100.00 B Katsande† lbw b Mutombodzi 2 19 17 0 0 11.76 DT Tiripano not out 12 0 12 1 1 100.00 N Mushangwe b Price 3 11 21 0 0 14.28 S Mujaji c Chigumbura b Mutombodzi 5 3 6 1 0 83.33 Extras (lb 4) 4 Total (all out; 44.3 overs) 118 (2.65 runs per over) Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Mlambo, 7.5 ov), 2-26 (Mawoyo, 14.5 ov), 3-66 (Dawson, 26.2 ov), 4-72 (H Masakadza, 27.6 ov), 5-75 (Maruma, 31.1 ov), 6-84 (SW Masakadza, 32.4 ov), 7-98 (Kasuza, 37.2 ov), 8-102 (Katsande, 38.4 ov), 9-107 (Mushangwe, 43.1 ov), 10-118 (Mujaji, 44.3 ov) Bowling O M R W Econ KM Jarvis 6 3 7 0 1.16 RW Price 6 3 17 2 2.83 E Chigumbura 7 2 24 1 3.42 N Waller 5 2 14 1 2.80 MRH Mbofana 8 3 16 2 2.00 TN Garwe 2 0 10 0 5.00 TC Mutombodzi 9.3 1 25 4 2.63 Sikandar Raza 1 0 1 0 1.00 Match details Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to bat Points: Mashonaland Eagles 7, Mountaineers 0 Player of the match: LA Dawson (Mountaineers)