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Mountaineers Beat Kenya

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.

Kenya See Off Zim U19 Challenge

Kenya made it two wins in one day, as they made light work of Zimbabwe U19 in their afternoon match at Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. Kenya were bowled out for 113 in their innings, with the final wicket falling on the last ball of their knock, but Zim U19 mustered little in the way of fight themselves, with only one player passing 20 as they finished on 102/8, giving Kenya an 11-run win. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 113 (20 overs; Allen 24, Heggins 3/11), Zimbabwe U19 102/8 (20 overs; Zimwa 34, Oluoch 3/18). Kenya win by 11 runs.

Kenya Score Win Over Eagles in 3rd T20

Cephas Zhuwao's 59 for Eagles wasn't enough to prevent Kenya from claiming their first win of their Zimbabwean tour, as their lower-order pairing of Patel and Odhiambo did most of the work in seeing them home after Eagles were bowled out for 150. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 150 (19.1 overs; Zhuwao 58, Obuya 2/9), Kenya 151/7 (19.1 overs; Patel 42*, Mbofana 2/12). Kenya win by 3 wickets.

Eagles Beat Kenya in 2nd T20

The Kenyan national team continued to be highly competitive but not enough to convert their efforts to a victory as they slumped to a two wicket defeat against the Mashonaland Eagles at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Mash Eagles lead 2-0 in their three match preparation series prior to their campaign to defend their Stanbic Bank 20 series title.

Kenya batted first and set 122 runs for the loss of seven wickets after winning the toss. Morris Ouma (15) looked confident in the initial stages of his innings before Ray Price had him bowled. Dominic Wesongo was the top run scorer, lower in the order for the Kenyans with an unbeaten 27 runs from 26 balls. The home sides spin pair of Raymond Price and young Tinotenda Mutombodzi continued to torment the visitors, Price once again being the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for 26 in four overs.

Former English county players Peter Trego (22) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (28) were the top scorers for the Eagles set the pace and kept the Eagles well above the run rate for the better half of their innings. Young Nathan Waller had a brisk sensational 16 from nine balls which featured two massive sixes to guide the Eagles to a much easier victory in 18.1 overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo and his captain Collins Obuya took two wickets apiece. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 122/7 (20 overs; Wesongs 27*, Price 2/26), Eagles 126/8 (18.1 overs; Hamilton-Brown 28, Obuya 2/9). Mashonaland Eagles win by 2 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]

South Africa Women Trounce Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe finished off the group stage of the Womens' World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh with yet another loss, this time a thumping 10-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa. Zimbabwe posted 103/8 during a rather sedate innings, at a rate of just over 2/over; South Africa, scoring at nearly 9/over, took only 12 overs to reach the target, for the loss of no wickets. Full scorecard below the cut.

Zimbabwe now go on to face Japan in the 9th-place playoff om 22 November (Tuesday).
Zimbabwe 103/8 (50 overs; Ndiraya 22, Loubser 5/9), South Africa 106/0 (12 overs; Fritz 69*, Chetty 25*). South Africa win by 10 wickets.

USA Women Edge Zimbabwe by 1 Run

If there was a match that Zimbabwe Women should have won in the World Cup Qualifiers campaign, this was it, but fellow Group A minnows USA stood up when it counted and hung on for a 1-run win. After USA set a target of 189 for Zimbabwe to chase, Zim got off to a slow start in reply, not helped by the loss of regular wickets. Captain Sharne Mayers' 19 off 15 balls added some impetus, but a late collapse finished off Zimbabwe's chances, as they fell agonisingly short of the target. Full scorecard below the cut.
USA 188/8 (50 overs; Bhaskar 72, Saili 2/24), Zimbabwe 187 (48.5 overs; Chatonzwa 28*, Marshall 3/34). USA win by 1 run.

Eagles Edge Kenya in 1st T20

Mashonaland Eagles handed the Kenya national team a three-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 match of their tour of Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first setting a target of 124 runs for the loss of six wickets but the home team chased down the target with two balls remaining.

Zimbabwe Cricket domestic franchises MidWest Rhinos and the Mashonaland Eagles are hosting the Kenyan national team as part of their preparations for the Stanbic Bank 20 series starting on the 24th of November.
The visitors team captain Collins Obuya top scored in the match with an inspiring 44 from 32 balls and Duncan Allad who opened the batting chipped in with a handy 15 runs.

Although the Mash Eagles used seven bowlers and each almost got a wicket, veteran left-arm spinner Ray Price played a big role to stop massive run scoring with an attacking economic bowling.
Price finished without a wicket but only conceded 18 from his allotted four overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo finished off the innings with a quick cameo of 30 from 38 balls.

Mash Eagles were convinced that the total was low enough to take on the Kenyans without too much diligence. They lost early wickets with the captain Stuart Matsikenyeri among the low scorers, caught for just five runs.

Elton Chigumbura (24) played his natural game and upped the run rate with his partner Foster Mutizwa (34), a partnership which drove the Eagles a step closer to the target, though not within safety.
The Eagles needed 10 runs from the last over and they capitalised on some sloppy Kenyan fielding and managed to push through a victory with two balls to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 124/6 (20 overs; Obuya 44, Zhuwao 1/2), Eagles 126/7 (19.3 overs; Mutizwa 34*, Varaiya 2/22). Mashonaland Eagles win by 3 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]

Mountaineers Demolish Rocks

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.
[Match report via ZC]

Sri Lanka Women Ease to Win Over Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's women were on the receiving end of another drubbing in Bangladesh this morning, this time at the hands of Sri Lanka. Put in to bat after Sri Lanka won the toss, Zimbabwe managed to post just 92 in a very slow 41-over knock, a target that Sri Lanka chased down in just just 11 overs. Full scorecard below the cut. The side are back in action again tomorrow, with a bottom-of-the-group clash against USA.
Zimbabwe 62 (41.4 overs; Nyathi 18, Seneviratna 5/15), Sri Lanka 64/3 (10.5 overs; Mendis 35*, Saili 3/19). Sri Lanka win by 7 wickets.

Mountaineers Finally Off the Mark Against Hapless Rocks

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.

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