Mashonaland Eagles

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Franchise 'B' League: Rocks Draw with Eagles

These matches took place a while back, so I'm not going to dig into the details, but the scorecards are only becoming available now. Posting what I have for the record - full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 285/8 decl (75 overs; Tichana 121, Macharaga 2/41), Rocks 155 (54 overs; Moyo 53, Shereni 4/14). Match Drawn.

Hondo Confirmed as Eagles Player / Coach

The Sunday Mail confirms that Douglas Hondo has been installed as player / coach of the Mashonaland Eagles following the early departure of Chris Silverwood. This puts to rest speculation that former national coach Walter Chawaguta would get the nod. Hondo takes on the post in a 'caretaker' role, as Silverwood is expected to return for the 2010/11 domestic season once his English county duties are out of the way, as confirmed by Eagles CEO Hugo Ribatika:

"We currently have a four-year contract with Chris Silverwood, which both parties are committed to honouring. That said, he has since been offered a coaching job by his former county side, Sussex, which he will lead during our off-season and later return when we begin ours later in August. In the meantime, he will continue to juggle between the two jobs. The experience and exposure he gets is going to benefit us. In the meantime, Hondo will take charge of the team for the remaining fixtures, which include the Logan Cup finals and one-day semi-finals."

Hondo takes charge of the side just in time for their appearance in the Logan Cup final.
Sunday Mail - Hondo takes charge

Franchise 'B' League: Eagles draw with Rhinos

These matches took place a while back, so I'm not going to dig into the details, but the scorecards are only becoming available now. Posting what I have for the record - full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 201/9 decl (67 overs; Mahunge 72, Tichana 5/54) & 152/6 (56 overs; Mahunga 76, Tichana 3/60), Eagles 243/8 decl (74 overs; Chinjoka 69, Madziya 2/38). Match Drawn.

Franchise 'B' League: Mountaineers draw with Eagles

These matches took place a while back, so I'm not going to dig into the details, but the scorecards are only becoming available now. Posting what I have for the record - full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 219 (71.2 overs; Nyauchi 41*, Munede 3/32) & 176 (57.3 overs; Maparura 54, Zhuwawo 3/24), Eagles 227 (63.5 overs; Manyumwa 53, Mujaji 4/56) & 131/5 (28 overs; Chinyoka 58*, Nyauchi 3/30). Match Drawn.

Silverwood Heads to Essex

The Herald reports that Eagles coach Chris Silverwood has left the side ahead of the English county season, after being called in to fill the role of bowling coach for Essex (and not Sussex as the Herald's article initially states). It's not all bad news for Eagles, though, as the franchise expects Silverwood to return next season. In the meantime, former national coach Walter Chawaguta will be 'helping out' with the side - although team manager Joseph Madyembwa was at pains to point out that Chawaguta has not been given a contract - with Douglas Hondo taking on the player-coach role.
The Herald - Chris Silverwood leaves for England

Mountaineers Claim Title After Thrashing Eagles

Yesterday, Eagles thrashed Mountaineers in the final round of group matches - today, in the Stanbic T20 final, Mountaineers turned the tables and gave Eagles a taste of their own medicine to claim the title after a highly entertaining tournament. Mountaineers won the toss and put Eagles in to bat, and the home side were simply unable to really get going as wickets fell regularly, with no-one able to form a foundation for the innings. Elton Chigumbura's 20 was the best of the bunch, as Eagles were removed for 105 in the 19th over. Greg Smith took 3/11 to lead the bowling figures for Mountaineers. In reply, Mountaineers were never in any trouble - Smith (1) was the only wicket to fall, with the score on 8, after which Hamilton Masakadza (64*) and Tatenda Taibu (37*) knocked off the required runs wit little fuss, reaching the target with 15 balls to spare. Masakadza was subsequently named Player of the Series and Batsman of the Series, with Vipers' Tony Palladino being named Bowler of the Series. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 105 (18.4 overs; Chigumbura 20, Smith 3/11), Mountaineers 106/1 (17.3 overs; H Masakadza 64*, Hondo 1/19). Mountaineers win by 9 wickets.

Eagles Thrash Mountaineers in Top-of-Table Clash

In what could well be a prelude of tomorrow's final, Mountaineers and Mashonaland Eagles met in the first of today's matches in the Stanbic T20, and if the result was anything to go by, the trophy can be handed to Eagles already. Batting first after being put in to bat, Eagles only managed to score 141/9 from their 20 overs, with Greb Lamb's 40 being the only real innings of note as Greg Smith took an impressive 5/27 for Mountaineers to keep Eagles in check. If Eagles were poor, though, Mountaineers were some way below woeful - only Hamilton Masakadza (16) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (10) reach double figures as their side was skittled out for 59 inside 12 overs. Ray Price was the man who did the damage, surpassing Greg Smith's efforts with a haul of 5/12 from just 17 balls bowled. Now, what happens next depends on which version of the tournament table you're looking at. If CricInfo and Cricket Archive's table is correct, then Rhinos are still in with a shout of reaching the final if they beat Vipers this afternoon; SuperSport have been using a different table in their broadcasts, and if that's correct then it's already settled that Eagles will meet Mountaineers again tomorrow afternoon. We'll have to wait and see who's correct. Full scorecard for this match below the cut.
Eagles 141/9 (20 overs; Lamb 40, Smith 5/27), Mountaineers 59 (11.5 overs; H Masakadza 16, Price 5/12). Eagles win by 82 runs.

Eagles Edge Closer to Final With Win Over Rocks

Another match, another down-to-the-wire thriller - this competition surely isn't lacking in entertainment and close finishes. The teams this time around were Southern Rocks and Mashonaland Eagles, in the second match of the day, and once again Rocks will be rueing their bad fortune after another agonisingly narrow loss. Eagles won the toss and opted to field, allowing Rocks to do their best to carry on where they left off yesterday as the opening pairing of Chamu Chibhabha (61) and Sikandar Raza (38) saw the side to 111 off 81 balls before the first wicket fell. At that point, though, the wheels fell off as three wickets fell in three balls during a Doug Marillier over (sadly not a hat-trick, as the third wicket was a run-out). Alester Maregwede (20*) and Steve Tikolo (36) were fortunately able to rebuild from there to see Rocks to a competitive total of 168/4. In reply, Eagles suffered wobbles of their own, with the early wickets of Doug Marillier and Prince Masvaure slowing their charge to the total, but an impressive unbeaten 81 off 52 balls by Cephas Zhuwawo formed the backbone of the innings, with Elton Chigumbura's 41 form 27 also proving useful. At the death, though, it was a rapid-fire 13 not-out from 5 balls by Forster Mutizwa that powered Eagles past the target with just one ball to spare. That gives Eagles a clear lead at the top of the table, although with just two games played Vipers could yet mount a charge of their own. Let's hear it for close competitions. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 168/4 (20 overs; Chibhabha 61, Marillier 2/11), Eagles 171/4 (19.5 overs; Zhuwawo 81, Sikandar Raza 1/20). Eagles win by 6 wickets.

Eagles Sneak Past Vipers

The first match of the day at Harare Sports Club saw Desert Vipers lose their unbeaten record, after they were narrowly beaten by Mashonaland Eagles in a close-fought thriller. Eagles won the toss and put Vipers in to bat, and, ironically led by Zimbabwean player Norbert Manyande's 51, Vipers posted a decent 142. Early breakthroughs by Eagles' bowlers had left the Namibian side looking shaky at 24/3 before Manyande paired up with Dwaine Pretorious for an 88-run partnership for the 4th wicket, scored at more than a run a ball, that put the Vipers back on track. Douglas Hondo led the bowling for the Eagles, taking 2/13. In reply, Doug Marillier proved the rock of Eagles' innings, scoring 74 before bowing out with his side just keeping up with the required rate. Eagles reached their final over needing 5 runs to win with 5 wickets in hand, but needed just two balls of the over to finish the match off. Full scorecard below the cut.
Vipers 142/6 (20 overs; Manyande 51, Hondo 2/13), Eagles 144/5 (19.1 overs; Marillier 74, Klazinga 1/13). Eagles win by 5 wickets.

Eagles Fall to Rhinos

Midwest Rhinos got off the mark with a win against Mashonaland Eagles in the first of today's Stanbic T20 matches. Eagles were put into bat after Rhinos won the toss, and with the notable exception of captain Elton Chigumbura, who top-scored for his side with an impressive 53, none of the Eagles batsmen were ever able to really get going. Darren Stevens did most of the damage with the ball, taking 4/26 from his 4 overs. Rhinos' reply was perfectly paced, too, helped along by an Eagles attack that failed to take any wickets (the two men out were both runouts). Brendan Taylor impressed win an unabated 45, Vusi Sibanda's superb season continued as he chipped in with 41, while Rikki Wessels added 37 as Rhinos reached their target with a ball to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 140 (20 overs; Chigumbura 53, Stevens 4/26), Rhinos 146/2 (19.5 overs; Taylor 45*, Price 0/15). Rhinos win by 8 wickets.

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