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[Logan Cup] Tuskers Humilitate Eagles

Matabeleland Tuskers were all over Mashonaland Eagles in their Logan Cup 4th round match in Harare, which ended this morning. Batting first after winning the toss, Paul Horton led the side from the front, scoring a patient 104 as Tuskers posted 418. Craig Ervine (60) and Keith Dabengwa (59) also made good contributions along the way, while Innocent Chinyoka, Tatenda Manatsa and Nathan Waller each took three apiece for Eagles. A good knock by Tuskers, but no indication at that point of the carnage to follow.

And "carnage" is probably the best word for it as, when Eagles came to reply, the combined efforts of Glenn Querl (6/20) and Bradley Staddon (4/13) ripped through Eagles' lineup with no resistance: only Sikandar Raza (19) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (17) reached double figures, while Eagles' bottom six all departed without scoring, as their side slumped to a humiliating 52 all out, still 366 behind Tuskers' first-innings total. Tuskers naturally wasted no time in enforcing the follow-on, but while this time there was some fight in Eagles, in the form of an early partnership between Raza (28) and Ryan Bishop (22), and some mid-innings fight from Peter Moor (29) and Nathan Waller (23), for the rest of the side it was the same old story. Resuming on 59/2 at the beginning of day three, Eagles then lost 4 wickets without adding to that score before Moor and Waller managed some damage-control; but saving the game was far beyond their abilities and once the departed, 4 balls apart with the score on 112, the end wasn't far away. Eagles were bowled out second time around for 138, giving Tuskers a huge win - the second time they've beaten Eagles by an innings margin - and allowing their Bulawayo rivals to leap-frog them to top spot in the tournament table. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 418 (109.1 overs; Horton 104, Chinyoka 3/48), Eagles 52 (26.3 overs; Sikandar Raza 19, Querl 6/20) & 139 (50.5 overs; Moor 29, Dabengwa 3/7). Matabeleland Tuskers win by an innings and 228 runs.

[Pro50] Mountaineers Slump to Another Defeat

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

[Pro50] Eagles Maintain Winning Streak

The Mashonaland Eagles juggernaut rolls on, completing a clean sweep over the other four franchises in the first half of the Pro50 programme when they beat Matabeleland Tuskers convincingly at Harare Sports Club. Fine batting by Cephas Zhuwao and Ryan Bishop was followed by a good all-round bowling and fielding performance, so that this match was as good as over halfway through the Matabeleland Tuskers’ innings. Only some fine batting by Steve Trenchard in particular down the order kept the margin of defeat for his team down to reasonable proportions.

The weather was hot and dry, the pitch shaven but with reasonable bounce, and the spectators were conspicuous by their absence. Harare is the only cricket centre where this competition is not well supported by the public, perhaps through lack of marketing. Matabeleland Tuskers won the toss and put Mashonaland Eagles in to bat.

With Sikandar Raza moving down the order, the early Mashonaland Eagles batting was a study in contrasts. Dean Mazhawidza took 27 balls to get off the mark and made four runs in his first hour at the crease. Zhuwao as usual was eager for the big hit, and when he reached 50 Mazhawidza had 6. Zhuwao celebrated with 20 off an over from the experienced off-spinner John Nyumbu, but was caught at deep midwicket for 71, scored off 77 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes.

By this time Mazhawidza had moved on to 10, but now he began to play more positively, keeping the score ticking over in company with Bishop, before falling lbw to Glen Querl for 39, made off 91 balls. The score was now 154 for two in the 36th over. When Sikandar Raza joined Bishop the pair proceeded to take the bowling apart, hammering 87 in partnership in the space of nine overs. Raza made 47 from 30 balls, departing in the 45th over with the score now 244 for four.

The course of the innings now changed dramatically, as in the final six overs the last seven wickets fell for 34 runs, in a display of frenetic batting against controlled and persistent bowling. Querl, who had been mainly responsible for Mazhawidza’s turgid start, finished with four for 49, while the medium-paced Brad Staddon took a more expensive four for 72. The final total was 278, when 300 had looked a certainty when Bishop and Raza were together.

The Matabeleland Tuskers innings never took off. They had quite a strong team, considering that the national team squad and also Zimbabwe A players were unavailable, but the loss of Charles Coventry through injury was a serious loss. The first six in their order, at least, were players with experience and a good track record, but they never really put it together. Terry Duffin, like his counterpart Mazhawidza, really struggled when he opened the batting; unlike him, he was out for just a single off 15 balls.

Gavin Ewing was in sound form and kept the board moving well; his next partner, Paul Horton from Lancashire, gave him good support and the pair added 45 runs in 12 overs. This was a sound platform for the team to build on, but the building never came. Ewing made exactly 50 off 60 balls before he was out in the 20th over, and with him went Matabeleland Tuskers’ hopes, as the middle order never even fizzled. Craig Ervine might have led the charge, but he was out for 16, and when Adam Wheater departed lbw, the match was as good as over at 116 for six with the required run rate now over eight. The bowling was not spectacular, but it was sound and steady and did the job.

Trenchard does not have a good one-day record, but he fought back well, hitting the bad ball hard, and with Querl in particular he produced Matabeleland Tuskers’ best batting of the match – easier with the pressure off, as victory was now not an option. Querl made 34 off 27 balls, the pair adding 66 in less than seven overs, and in the same over Trenchard was run out for 60 off 43 balls. The innings closed for 240, better than had seemed likely earlier. Mark Mbofana, with three for 26, was the most successful bowler, but they all turned in steady performances. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 278 (50 overs; Zhuwao 71, Querl 4/49), Tuskers 240 (46.1 overs; Trenchard 60, Mbofana 3/26). Mashonaland Eagles win by 38 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

[Logan Cup] Rhinos and Eagles Fight Out Thrilling Draw

Early in the game, Mashonaland Eagles seemed certain to win this one, but Midwet Rhinos showed plenty of fight as they secured a draw on a game that went down to the final ball and could have gone either way. Rhinos posted 321 in their first innings after being put in to bat, lead by Gary Ballance's 83 and Solomon Mire's 96 - a decent score, but kept in check by an impressive bowling performance from relative newcomer Tatenda Gumunyu-Manatsa, who took 5/89. In reply, Stuart Matsikenyeri's 144, added to strong contributions from Sikandar Raza (68) and Peter Moor (65) saw Eagles reach 463, a lead of 142.

Gary Ballance again fired strongly for Rhinos in the second innings, scoring 128 (and increasing the clamour for him to make himself available for the national side), while Riki Wessels pitched in with 73 as Rhinos posted 299, leaving Eagles with a target of 158 to win on the final afternoon. Rather than play for the draw, Eagles went for the win, but very nearly came unstuck as Rhinos' bowlers tore their way through the Eagles lineup, Gumunyu-Manatsa again leading the charge with 4/46, and Eagles found themselves facing the final ball of the day requiring 4 to win with just 1 wicket left. There were no winning runs for Eagles, no last-gasp wicket for Rhinos, as the game ended in a draw, but it really couldn't have been any closer, and it's unfortunate for Rhinos that the rules of this year's competition saw them leave with no point for their fighting effort. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 321 (96.4 overs; Mire 96, Gumunyu-Manatsa 5/89) & 299 (100.2 overs; Ballance 128, Gumunya-Manatsa 4/46), Eagles 463 (126.5 overs; Matsikenyeri 144, Chinouya 4/75) & 154/9 (27 overs; Chakabva 54, Rainsford 3/39). Match drawn.

[Logan Cup] Tuskers Continue Streak with Win Over Rocks

Matabeleland Tuskers' good start to the season continue with an emphatic win over Southern Rocks in the latest round fo Logan Cup matches. Put into bat after Tuskers won the toss, Rocks made hard work of their first innings, with only captain Alester Maregwede (50*) putting on a decent knock as his side were bowled out for 148. Glenn Querl, back from playing for Unicorns in England, took 6/38 while Keegan Meth continued to make a mark for himself with 3/54. In reply, Tuskers posted 253, taking the first-innings point and leaving Rocks with a 105-run deficit to overcome.

Overcome it they did, but while their second innings was better than their first, they still only managed a below-par 204 from their turn. This time at least, Roy Kaia (54) and Mark Vermeulen (38) joined Maregwede (37) in putting up some resistance, but once again the pairing of Meth (5/53) and Querl (3/63) proved too much for Rocks to deal with as their lower order was skittled out. Tuskers, left with a target of 100 to win on day three, had few problems chasing it down, losing only the one wicket (Brian Chari, to a run-out) along the way to a 9-wicket victory that leaves them tied with Eagles on 14 points at the top of the tournament table. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 148 (51.5 overs; Maregwede 50*, Querl 6/38) & 204 (90.1 overs; Kaia 54, Meth 5/53), Tuskers 253 (73 overs; Wheater 76, Muzarabani 3/33) & 100/1 (41 overs; Duffin 49*, Ewing 45*). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 9 wickets.

[Logan Cup] Rhinos Trample Rocks

Southern Rocks 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
S Mwakayeni 	c Sibanda b Chinouya 	        9 	51 	33 	2 	0 	27.27
R Kaia 	        c †Wessels b Chinouya 	        2 	26 	18 	0 	0 	11.11
CJ Chibhabha 	lbw b Chinouya 	                74 	182 	152 	11 	0 	48.68
PS Masvaure 	c †Wessels b Madziva 	        9 	46 	35 	1 	0 	25.71
R Mutumbami† 	lbw b Mugava 	                1 	21 	11 	0 	0 	9.09
R Chinyengetere c sub (R Benade) b Chinouya 	18 	110 	74 	3 	0 	24.32
A Maregwede* 	c Ballance b Chinouya 	        3 	69 	54 	0 	0 	5.55
H Matanga 	c sub (R Benade) b Mugava 	1 	5 	5 	0 	0 	20.00
T Kamungozi 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        6 	34 	11 	1 	0 	54.54
T Panyangara 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        14 	21 	19 	2 	0 	73.68
T Muzarabani 	not out 	                0 	5 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(lb 5, w 5, nb 3) 	        13 					
	Total 	(all out; 68.4 overs; 281 mins) 150 	(2.18 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Kaia, 5.3 ov), 2-24 (Mwakayeni, 11.1 ov), 3-48 (Masvaure, 21.3 ov), 
4-63 (Mutumbami, 26.5 ov), 5-125 (Chibhabha, 50.5 ov), 6-126 (Chinyengetere, 56.1 ov), 
7-127 (Matanga, 57.2 ov), 8-135 (Kamungozi, 61.1 ov), 9-150 (Panyangara, 67.3 ov), 
10-150 (Maregwede, 68.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	13 	6 	22 	0 	1.69 	(3nb, 1w) 	
MT Chinouya 	15.4 	8 	26 	5 	1.65 		
N Madziva 	11 	3 	23 	1 	2.09 		
IA Nicolson 	10 	2 	38 	0 	3.80 		
SM Mugava 	16 	7 	30 	4 	1.87 		
MN Waller 	3 	1 	6 	0 	2.00 		


Mid West Rhinos 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
V Sibanda* 	lbw b Panyangara 	                18 	84 	64 	2 	0 	28.12
SJ Marillier 	b Panyangara 	                        0 	19 	15 	0 	0 	0.00
GS Ballance 	c sub (E Chauluka) b Kaia 	        210 	393 	336 	20 	2 	62.50
MN Waller 	c sub (E Chauluka) b Mutumbami 	        174 	360 	239 	26 	1 	72.80
MH Wessels† 	not out 	                        54 	104 	55 	5 	1 	98.18
R Nyathi 	not out 	                        39 	62 	40 	7 	0 	97.50
	Extras 	(b 3, w 3, nb 1) 	                7 					
	Total 	(4 wickets dec; 124.4 overs; 508 mins) 	502 	(4.02 runs per over)

Did not bat: SM Mugava, EC Rainsford, N Madziva, IA Nicolson, MT Chinouya

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Marillier, 4.6 ov), 2-42 (Sibanda, 20.6 ov), 3-383 (Ballance, 105.3 ov), 
4-419 (Waller, 111.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Panyangara 	11 	4 	23 	2 	2.09 		
T Muzarabani 	15 	5 	43 	0 	2.86 	(1w) 	
PS Masvaure 	11 	1 	42 	0 	3.81 		
R Chinyengetere 21 	3 	68 	0 	3.23 	(1w) 	
T Kamungozi 	27.4 	2 	113 	0 	4.08 		
H Matanga 	17 	1 	89 	0 	5.23 		
R Kaia 	15 	1 	65 	1 	4.33 		
R Mutumbami 	6 	0 	42 	1 	7.00 	(1nb, 1w) 	
S Mwakayeni 	1 	0 	14 	0 	14.00 		


Southern Rocks 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
S Mwakayeni 	b Rainsford 	                0 	10 	9 	0 	0 	0.00
R Kaia 	        b Rainsford 	                1 	46 	22 	0 	0 	4.54
CJ Chibhabha 	b Madziva 	                35 	109 	64 	4 	0 	54.68
R Mutumbami† 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        53 	118 	77 	11 	0 	68.83
A Maregwede* 	b Mugava 	                11 	18 	11 	2 	0 	100.00
R Chinyengetere c Marillier b Mugava 	        7 	9 	12 	1 	0 	58.33
PS Masvaure 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        6 	20 	11 	1 	0 	54.54
H Matanga 	not out 	                8 	18 	18 	0 	0 	44.44
T Kamungozi 	b Nyathi 	                1 	8 	5 	0 	0 	20.00
T Panyangara 	lbw b Nyathi 	                0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
T Muzarabani 	c Chinouya b Nyathi 	        6 	5 	8 	1 	0 	75.00
	Extras 	(lb 4, nb 5) 	                9 					
	Total 	(all out; 38.5 overs; 177 mins) 137 	(3.52 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Mwakayeni, 2.2 ov), 2-18 (Kaia, 9.3 ov), 3-69 (Chibhabha, 23.2 ov), 
4-95 (Maregwede, 27.2 ov), 5-103 (Chinyengetere, 29.3 ov), 6-121 (Masvaure, 33.2 ov), 
7-121 (Mutumbami, 33.4 ov), 8-127 (Kamungozi, 36.2 ov), 9-127 (Panyangara, 36.3 ov), 
10-137 (Muzarabani, 38.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	8 	0 	13 	2 	1.62 	(4nb) 	
MT Chinouya 	6 	2 	21 	0 	3.50 		
N Madziva 	6 	0 	36 	1 	6.00 		
IA Nicolson 	9 	1 	30 	0 	3.33 		
SM Mugava 	6 	3 	20 	4 	3.33 		
R Nyathi 	3.5 	1 	13 	3 	3.39 	(1nb) 	


Match details
Toss: Southern Rocks, who chose to bat
Points: Mid West Rhinos 7, Southern Rocks 0
Player of the match: GS Ballance (Mid West Rhinos)

[Logan Cup] Eagles Ease to Win Over Mountaineers

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)

Eagles Trounce Rhinos, With a Little Kiwi Help

Mashonaland Eagles did visiting Kiwi Rob Nicol a favour at the weekend and included the member of the touring New Zealand side in their team for the match against Midwest Rhinos, and immediately reaped the rewards. Whether franchise sides should be helping visiting players out in this way is another thing... After winning the toss and opting to bat, Nicol - opening for his 'adopted' side - put on 102, top-scoring for the match, while fellow overseas player Ryan Bishop (76) and back-in-form Stuart Matsikenyeri (80) helped the side to an imposing 308/5 from their 50 overs. Mike Chonouya took 3/67 for Rhinos, but with his 10 overs going for nearly 7/over he still won't have been too pleased with his spell.

That left Rhinos with a battle on their hands, but rather than fight they meekly capitulated to the Eagles' bowling. Rememberance Nyathi (34) and Riki Wessels (33) put up some fight - the psir added 64 for the 4th wicket - but that was about the only fight from the Rhinos as they were bowled out for 169, handing Eagles a 139-run win that extended their lead at the top of the tournament table to 8 points, with only 3 rounds of the tournament played. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 308/5 (50 overs; Nicol 102, Chinouya 3/67), Rhinos 169 (35.4 overs; Nyathi 34, Garwe 3/39). Mashonaland Eagles win by 139 runs.

Rocks Fight Back to Last-Ball Win Over Tuskers

Matabeleland Tuskers probably thought that they'd set s good enough target in their Pro50 match against Southern Rocks - batting first after being put in by Rocks, the Tuskers managed a decent 264/9 from their 50 overs. Captain Gavin Ewing led the way with 67, Steven Trenchard added 48, while Duffin, Wheater and Ervine (supposedly too injured to play in the T20 in Harare, but still putting in a showing here) all passed 30. Roy Kaia took 3/32, while Tendai Chisoro nabbed 2/43 for Rocks.

Rocks' reply got off to a horrible start, with the side 3/30 after 9 overs as the top order spluttered. But Richmond Mutumbami's 94 off 79 balls got the innings firing, and while captain Alester Maregwede, in at 6th, had to deal with wickets falling around him, he managed to add 70 off 90 balls before finally falling with 2 balls remaining in the innings - and 5 runs required to win. Last man in Tafadzwa Kamungozi then took the bulls by the horns, scoring a four to tie the scores and then one run off the final ball to secure a fighting comeback win for Rocks, who are quickly earning a reputation as a side that just doesn't give up - at least in the one-day game. Tuskers, meanwhile, won't be pleased at letting them win a match that at one point they looked certain to lose. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 264/9 (50 overs; Ewing 67, Kaia 3/32), Rocks 265/9 (50 overs; Mutumbami 94, Ncube 5/71). Southern Rocks win by 1 wicket.

[Pro50] Rocks & Rhinos Tie

A match which, to all appearances, was virtually doomed to be one-sided from the start, went down to the wire thanks to a magnificent century from Tatenda Taibu, returning to play for his home franchise.
Against the odds, he almost took Southern Rocks to an unexpected victory, but with too little support from the middle order he fell at a crucial stage. Then, when the match appeared as good as over, a spirited innings by Tendai Chisoro and some guts from the last pair led to a remarkable tie.

Rocks were without all three of their frontline seamers. Their bowling was to be opened by Robertson Chinyengetere, a useful but part-time seamer, and Bruce Tembo from the second team. Their ordeal was made worse by losing the toss, Rhinos deciding to bat on a warm sunny morning on a flat batting pitch.

Had Rocks held all their catches, they may well have been able to contain the Rhinos innings within reasonable bounds, even with their threadbare attack; as it was, with several chances going down and a few sloppy pieces of work in the field, they had no chance. The visitors may have been a little overconfident as some of their batsmen did not climb in as they should have done. Steve Marillier fell early, making 20 off 22 balls before clipping a ball straight back to the bowler, Tendai Chisoro. Then Vusi Sibanda, not in his best form, skied a catch to mid-off, which was dropped, although the sun was probably in the fielder’s eyes. Gary Ballance, after playing himself in, went in for some big hitting, and survived a chance on the midwicket boundary. He was eventually run out for 46 thanks to some superb work from Taibu. Sibanda made 47, rarely looking at his best apart from a superb straight six.

The innings really took off when Brendan Taylor (55) and Malcolm Waller were together and added 79 in ten overs. Simon Mugava made a quick 24, but the best innings was undoubtedly that of Waller, who chose his shots well in making an unbeaten 86 off 87 balls, with ten fours and a six. The 300 came up in the final over, the grand total being 305 for eight wickets. Roy Kaia removed Riki Wessels and Remembrance Nyathi cheaply, briefly stemming the flood, but none of the other bowlers had much success.

Roy Kaia began Rocks’ seemingly hopeless run chase with a bang, going for his shots and playing them very well. The 50 went up in the eighth over, most of them to Kaia, but soon afterwards he was out, caught at the wicket off Mike Chinouya, for 31 off 33 balls. Immediately the run rate dropped, and soon Ian Nicolson produced a fast and lethal yorker to remove Chamu Chibhabha for 20.

Then came the partnership between Chinyengetere and Taibu that really got a lively crowd of about a hundred excited. Taibu played the leading role, as expected, playing his shots with panache and running like a hare between wickets. He hit two straight sixes and no bowler could tame him. There were a few fumbles in the field and one possible chance that the fielder apparently picked up late. They kept close to the required run rate of over six an over, and clearly Taibu was the key figure – if he went, there may well be nobody else to take the team home.

The 200 went up in the 35th over, with two wickets in hand. The stand was broken at 166, though, as Nicolson returned to produce another fine yorker that bowled Chinyengetere for 58. At 229 for three, 77 were still needed in 12 overs. Shortly afterwards, in partnership with Richie Mutumbami, Taibu reached his century off 92 balls. The scoring rate slowed, though, as wickets fell at the other end, and when almost nine an over were needed, Taibu hit out in desperation, only to loft a catch to deep midwicket for 106 in the 45th over. He faced 102 balls and hit nine fours and two sixes. It looked like game over for the Rocks.

However, Tendai Chisoro began to find the middle of his bat and kept the excitement going to the last over, though, when Southern Rocks still had 11 runs needed. Edward Rainsford bowled well and Chisoro, after missing the first two deliveries, skied the third for a catch. The last pair were hardly expected to do the job, but an edged boundary helped. Five were needed off the final ball – only for Rainsford to bowl a yorker that shot through the gap between bat and pad, evaded the wicket-keeper and went through for four byes to bring about a remarkable tie.

Nicolson’s two wicket-taking yorkers were vital for Mid-West Rhinos, while Simon Mugava did just as vital a job, his three wickets causing the middle-order collapse that cost Southern Rocks the match. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 305/8 (50 overs; Waller 86*, Kaia 2/32), Rocks 305/9 (50 overs; Taibu 106, Mugava 3/47). Match tied.
[Match report via ZC]

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