Shumba dazzles as Northerns complete clean sweep

Northerns – 192-5 in 20 overs (Milton Shumba 54, Tony Munyonga 30, Tadiwanashe Marumani 23; Ernest Masuku 2/26, Nkosilathi Nungu 1/41, Brighton Chipungu 1/51)

Southerns – 158-9 in 20 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 48*, Wessly Madhevere 33, Bright Phiri 30; Brad Evans 4/22, Ainsley Ndlovu 3/27, Donald Tiripano 1/38)

 

Northerns won by 34 runs

A dazzling knock of 54 by Milton Shumba was the highlight of a devastating innings of 192 for five wickets by Northerns in the third and final regional T20 match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Thursday, leading to a full house of victories over Southerns, this one by 34 runs.

Southerns again won the toss and this time put Northerns in to bat, but this did not work out for them either.

Tadiwanashe Marumani and Kevin Kasuza attacked the bowling from the outset and put on 45 for the first wicket before both fell in the sixth over to Ernest Masuku for 23 and 19 respectively.

Tafadzwa Tsiga scored 19 off 20 balls, but he was quite overshadowed by Shumba, who hit five sixes and a four in his brilliant innings.

Tony Munyonga was the most destructive of all, lofting four sixes as he scored 30 runs off only 11 balls before being run out.

There was even then no respite for the bowlers, as in the final overs Donald Tiripano scored 16 not out off 13 balls and Brad Evans 21 not out off 12.

The final total after 20 overs was a daunting 192 for five wickets.

Masuku came off best of the bowlers with two wickets for 26 off his four overs, although Marshal Takodza also escaped the worst of the carnage with only 24 runs coming from his four.

The other bowlers all had the misfortune to travel for more than 40 runs off their four overs.

Southerns were in with a hopeless task, but they could only do their best, and three of their batters were able to put up a good fight.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano scored seven runs, including a six, off three balls before Ainsley Ndlovu removed him lbw with the fourth in the first over.

Bright Phiri did his best and scored 30 off 22 balls, with a six and four fours.

Wessly Madhevere scored 33 off 20 balls (five fours), while Tino Mutombodzi also reached double figures with 11 off 14 balls.

The top scorer, though, was the captain Richmond Mutumbami, who came in at number six and scored 48 not out off 28 balls, with three sixes and three fours.

He was unable to find a lasting partner, though, and was still unbeaten at the close of his team’s innings at 158 for nine wickets, a worthy score but well short of what was required.

Ndlovu had picked up three early wickets for 27 runs in his four overs, while Evans for the most part rattled out the tail, with four for 22 in four.

Donald Tiripano

Tiripano’s brilliant knock powers Northerns to another T20 victory

Southerns – 166-6 in 20 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 61, Bright Phiri 40, Luke Jongwe 14*; Ainsley Ndlovu 2/19, Tendai Chatara 2/43, John Masara 1/16)

Northerns – 168-8 in 19.1 overs (Donald Tiripano 52*, Kevin Kasuza 19, Milton Shumba 15; Wessly Madhevere 2/27, Brighton Chipungu 2/30, Luke Jongwe 1/8)

 

Northerns won by two wickets

Donald Tiripano played a magnificent innings at Old Hararians Sports Club on Wednesday, scoring 52 not out off only 23 balls and snatching the most unlikely of victories for Northerns against Southerns when all had seemed irretrievably lost in the second men’s regional T20 match.

Southerns, winning the toss, had batted first, with Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Bright Phiri out of the blocks quickly, dominating the bowling and scoring at more than a run a ball.

They shared an excellent opening partnership of 89 and were not parted until the 11th over, when John Masara bowled out Phiri for 40, scored off 33 balls and including five fours.

The score passed 100 before the next wicket fell, that of Wessly Madhevere for nine, caught off Ainsley Ndlovu.

Tino Mutombodzi was caught off his first ball, and the middle order generally seemed now to be following the policy of hitting out at all costs.

Kaitano was fourth out, for 61 off 45 balls, with two sixes and seven fours.

The score then was 122 for four in the 16th over, and Richmond Mutumbami (8) and Clive Madande (11) quickly followed as they struck out boldly.

The most successful of the later batters was Luke Jongwe, who faced only seven balls but smote 14 not out, with a six and a four, to take Southerns to their eventual total of 166 for six wickets in 20 overs.

The most successful bowlers were the economical Ndlovu, who took two for 19 in his four overs, and the much more expensive Tendai Chatara, whose two wickets in four overs cost 43 runs.

Northerns had to follow a similar attacking policy if they were to win, and it did not go well for them for a long time.

Tadiwanashe Marumani was caught at the wicket off the first ball of the innings, delivered by Ernest Masuku, and wickets fell steadily after that.

No batter could make a stand, and when Ndlovu was out in the 12th over the score was 72 for six wickets, the highest scorer at that stage being Kevin Kasuza with 19.

Northerns looked doomed to certain defeat.

Then came an amazing fightback, with Tiripano at the centre of it.

Victor Nyauchi gave him good support and they added 49 together before Nyauchi was caught for 14 at 121 for seven.

Chatara played his part by scoring 12 off only seven balls before being run out at 142 for eight.

Masara, down to bat as last man, came in now with eight wickets down as Timycen Maruma had previously retired hurt for 12 – the target was now 25 off 15 balls.

In this situation he could not afford to play a defensive supporting role, so he took his chances, with success, hitting Masuku for a six and scoring 11 not out off just six balls.

Masuku’s final over cost 15 runs altogether, and for the first time a victory for Northerns looked possible.

 

As Tanaka Chivanga came on to bowl the 20th over, only three runs were now needed.

The triumphant Tiripano settled the matter by hitting his first delivery for four to secure a glorious victory against the odds, bringing up his own fifty at the same time.

 

In the first T20 played on Tuesday, Northerns beat Southerns by six wickets and the sides will now meet in the third and final match at the same venue this Thursday.

Tadiwanashe Marumani and Kevin Kasuza

Northerns conquer Southerns in first regional T20 clash

Southerns – 168-8 in 20 overs (Clive Madande 55, Tino Mutombodzi 36, Richmond Mutumbami 31; Brad Evans 3/27, Victor Nyauchi 2/34, Tendai Chatara 2/47)

Northerns – 171-4 in 18.3 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 38, Milton Shumba 38, Kevin Kasuza 34; Wessly Madhevere 2/24, Brandon Mavuta 1/30, Luke Jongwe 1/38)

 

Northerns won by six wickets

 

Tadiwanashe Marumani and Kevin Kasuza shared a brilliant 76-run stand for the first wicket to give Northerns the impetus they needed to haul down a Southerns score of 168 in the first regional T20 match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Tuesday.

Southerns batted first on winning the toss, but were soon in trouble, as in the first four overs they lost their opening batters Takudzwanashe Kaitano for five and Bright Phiri for 11.

Wessly Madhevere could not get going and scored only a single off eight balls before he too was out, three different bowlers picking up the wickets.

Tino Mutombodzi and Clive Madande came to the rescue, with Mutombodzi especially hitting boldly to score 36 off 23 balls, with two sixes and three fours.

The biggest partnership, though, was between Madande and Richmond Mutumbami, who in six overs put on 71 for the fifth wicket before Brad Evans removed them both in the space of three balls, Mutumbami for 31 (16 balls) and Madande for 55 (41 balls).

Luke Jongwe scored 11 as the later batters hit out and the innings finished at 168 for eight.

Evans with three for 27 returned the best figures, while there were two wickets each for Tendai Chatara and Victor Nyauchi.

Ainsley Ndlovu, however, was the most economical bowler, with no wickets for only 21 runs off his four overs.

Northerns made a brilliant start to their reply, with Kasuza and Marumani blazing away at the bowlers from the start.

They put on 76 for the first wicket in only 7.2 overs before Marumani was out for 38 off 21 balls, with two sixes and five fours.

Timycen Maruma went for two, and then Kasuza was removed for 34 off 31 balls to make the score 113 for three in the 12th over.

However, they enjoyed another major partnership at exactly the right time, as Milton Shumba and Tony Munyonga made 53 together in six overs.

Shumba was bowled by Madhevere for 38 with only three runs needed, and Tafadzwa Tsiga came in to hit the winning four in the following over, the 19th.

Munyonga was unbeaten with 31 off 23 balls, and victory came quite comfortably in the end by six wickets with nine balls in hand.

Madhevere was both the most successful and the most economical bowler with two wickets for 24 in his four overs.

 

Northerns and Southerns will meet again in two more T20 matches scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday at the same venue.

Alliance Health Eagles celebrate after lifting the Domestic T20 Competition trophy

Eagles beat Mountaineers in final to lift T20 silverware

Mountaineers – 105 all out in 20 overs (Tendai Chatara 19, Kevin Kasuza 17, Shingi Masakadza 9; Richard Ngarava 2/13, Brad Evans 2/14, Tapiwa Mufudza 2/22)

Alliance Health Eagles  – 107-8 in 19 overs (Wessly Madhevere 32, Matthew Welch 29, Kudzai Maunze 16; Victor Nyauchi 3/24, Shingi Masakadza 2/9, Wellington Masakadza 2/19)

 

Alliance Health Eagles won by two wickets

A fighting seventh-wicket partnership of 40 runs between Wessly Madhevere and Under-19 batter Matthew Welch did most to bring Alliance Health Eagles a narrow two-wicket victory against Mountaineers in the Domestic T20 Competition final at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

After Mountaineers won the toss and chose to bat first, Richard Ngarava opened the bowling for Eagles and struck in the first over, producing a superb delivery that bowled out PJ Moor.

Spencer Magodo joined Kevin Kasuza, who was hitting the ball very well, and the score reached 32 before the innings began to self-destruct.

The collapse started when Kasuza took a wild heave across the line to a straight ball from Brad Evans and was bowled, having scored 17 off 20 balls.

Without addition, Magodo was run out by a superb throw and direct hit from Madhevere on the leg side.

There followed some suicidal batting, mostly through slogging at straight deliveries.

Mountaineers desperately needed one of their leading batters to consolidate and keep the score ticking over without resorting to risky big shots, but such a man could not be found.

Briefly Shingi Masakadza and Clive Chitumba played sensibly together, but Chitumba was very well run out by Chamu Chibhabha for six, while Masakadza was caught off a leg-hit for nine.

Nine wickets were down for only 71 runs in the 14th over, and the whole innings and match appeared to be an imminent disaster.

However, Tendai Chatara and John Masara got together and showed how to do it, playing the bowling on its merits with no extravagant strokes and, apart from a six and a four from Chatara, working the ball around the field sensibly.

They put on 33 together in less than seven overs, taking the score past the 100 mark, before Chatara was out for 19, the highest score of the innings, going for a hit off the final delivery.

Masara was not out with eight, and thanks to these two Mountaineers managed to total 105 runs.

This gave their innings a degree of respectability without making it look very competitive, unless Eagles batted equally badly.

That very nearly happened.

All five bowlers used took at least one wicket, with two wickets each for Ngarava, Evans and Tapiwa Mufudza.

Eagles had a small total to get, but off the second ball of the innings, before a run had been scored, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe tried to tuck a straight ball from Wellington Masakadza to the leg side and was bowled.

At 16, Chamu Chibhabha (6) aimed a hook at a bouncer from Victor Nyauchi and was out caught at the wicket.

Kudzai Maunze, who opened with Kamunhukamwe, began his innings well, and looked to be continuing his run of good form when he hit a ball from Nyauchi uppishly on the leg side to be caught at square leg for 16, making the score 30 for three in the sixth over.

Marshal Takodza was next to go – he had not scored when he jabbed his bat at a ball from Shingi Masakadza outside his off stump and played it on to his stumps.

At 32 for four Mountaineers were now back in the game with the chance of a victory.

Evans (9) and Hamid Ali (1) were both out to rather weak strokes, and the score was a dangerous 57 for six when the last recognised batter, Welch, came in to join Madhevere, who was batting well.

These two almost took Eagles home, as both showed by far the best batting of the day.

They added 40 valuable runs together, and the score was 97 when Shingi Masakadza produced a fine delivery that moved in and trapped Welch lbw for a very good 29.

Madhevere looked set to take Eagles home, but with the team score on 101 in the 18th over and his own on 32, he threw caution to the wind and tried to slog a four through midwicket from a straight ball by Nyauchi, and paid the price – bowled out.

This left the last two wickets five runs to make for victory, and in the penultimate over Chatara caused Mufudza great trouble with his lifting deliveries.

Mufudza managed to slash away two runs to third man, and then finally chopped away a four on the leg side to clinch a narrow victory off the final delivery of the over.

Nyauchi had bowled well to take three wickets for 24 runs, while there were two wickets each for the Masakadza brothers.

 

Madhevere was named the player of the match.

 

The batter and bowler of the tournament accolades went to Prince Masvaure of Rhinos and Nyauchi respectively.

 

Roy Kaia of Southern Rocks scooped the player of the tournament award.

Masvaure’s masterpiece reached 84 not out after he batted throughout the 20 overs, facing 58 balls and hitting a six and 11 fours.

Rhinos subdue Rocks in thrilling third-place playoff clash

Rhinos – 169-4 in 20 overs (Prince Masvaure 84*, Nyasha Mayavo 31, Johnathan Campbell 29*; Sydney Murombo 2/35, Roy Kaia 1/29, Tendai Chisoro 1/30)

Southern Rocks – 160-9 in 20 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 50, Innocent Kaia 41, Tafadzwa Tsiga 16; Brandon Mavuta 2/12, Neville Madziva 2/18, Tashinga Musekiwa 2/19)

 

Rhinos won by nine runs

 

Rhinos got the better of Southern Rocks by nine runs in a thrilling Domestic T20 Competition third-place playoff match – perhaps the best and most exciting game of this tournament – played at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

 

The Rocks pair of Cephas Zhuwao and Innocent Kaia appeared to be taking their team to victory chasing a tough target, but when both were dismissed by consecutive deliveries from Brandon Mavuta the rest of their batting could not sustain the challenge as Rhinos fought back decisively with the ball to win.

Rocks put Rhinos in to bat when they won the toss, but they soon found their bowlers unable to take advantage of the situation.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano quickly hit two fours, but then he was caught out by Tendai Chisoro off Sydney Murombo with the score at 25 in the fourth over.

Rhinos then took a grip on their innings as Nyasha Mayavo joined Prince Masvaure and the pair put on 90 runs in exactly 10 overs.

Murombo ended the partnership at 115 when he bowled Mayavo for 31 (28 balls) in the 14th over, but most of the scoring was done by Masvaure, an outstanding innings from a batter more often known for his solid batting in red-ball cricket.

There were some minor hiccups at this stage, as Tashinga Musekiwa went for one and Neville Madziva for six, but then Johnathan Campbell joined Masvaure and the two hit out in excellent style for the rest of the innings.

Campbell was not out with 29 at the end, having hit a six and three fours in facing 17 balls.

Masvaure’s masterpiece reached 84 not out after he batted throughout the 20 overs, facing 58 balls and hitting a six and 11 fours.

All the bowlers went for at least seven runs an over, with Murombo returning the best figures of two for 35 off his four overs.

No total can be considered safe, however, when Zhuwao is among the opposition.

Zhuwao and Innocent Kaia were quite undeterred by the difficult task before them, and cracked up 40 runs in the first four overs of their innings.

Remarkably, at this stage Kaia was scoring faster than his fearsome partner, and after both had faced 18 balls he had made 29 runs against Zhuwao’s 21.

But Zhuwao was not to be denied for long, and he shot ahead of Kaia in the 30s, with the bowlers quite unable to stop the carnage.

The team hundred came up without loss in the 10th over – by the end of it the score was 105, Zhuwao had reached 50 off 35 balls, and the match appeared to be Rocks’ to lose.

Suddenly, though, the situation changed, as Zhuwao skyed a catch off Mavuta and was caught for 50, scored off 36 balls with five fours and a six.

The batters had crossed and off the next ball Kaia, his concentration probably disturbed, was in turn caught for 41 – he faced 28 balls and hit four fours and a six.

So brilliantly had these two hit, however, that Rocks were still in a position of strength, with Roy Kaia and Tadiwanashe Marumani now at the crease.

Marumani was quickly out for three and at 134 Roy Kaia was out for 14 – the match was getting tight.

Then Richmond Mutumbami was caught for seven as the batters desperately tried to keep up with the run rate, and 23 were needed off the final two overs.

It was just too late for Rocks, as Tsiga was next to go for 16 – 147 for six with 11 balls left.

The Rhinos bowling now had such a grip on the situation that the batters could only scramble a few ones and twos, and there were two run-outs and a bowled victim in the final over as the Rocks’ brilliant challenge faded away at 159 for nine.

The man who turned the match around, Mavuta, only bowled two overs, and had figures of the two crucial wickets for 12 runs.

Musekiwa had two wickets for 19 runs in his three overs and Neville Madziva two for 17 in three, while Trevor Gwandu did a good job with one for 19 in three overs.

Eight bowlers were used altogether in Rhinos’ desperate attempts to split the opening pair, and remarkably not one of them bowled his full quota of four overs in this innings.

 

Meanwhile, Alliance Health Eagles and Mountaineers will meet in the Domestic T20 Competition final at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, with the match set to start at 1330 hours.

ZC is lining up a variety of activities to make this Saturday a fun-filled and completely memorable day.

ZC moves men’s T20 final to Saturday

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has shifted the men’s Domestic T20 Competition final, featuring Mountaineers versus Alliance Health Eagles, to Saturday at Harare Sports Club.

 

The championship-deciding match was originally scheduled for Thursday.

 

The final is set to start at 1330 hours.

 

ZC is lining up a variety of activities to make this Saturday a fun-filled and completely memorable day.

 

Attendance will be free of charge but spectators will be asked to produce proof of their full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to gain entry into the venue.

 

Gates will be closed once the permitted capacity has been reached.

 

Meanwhile, the Women’s T20 Cup final has not been moved and will be played on Thursday at Harare Sports Club, starting at 0930 hours, as originally planned.

 

Mountaineers Women have already booked their place in the final and will face either Alliance Health Eagles Women or Rhinos Women in the championship decider.

 

The women’s final will be followed, on Thursday afternoon and also at Harare Sports Club, by the men’s third-place playoff match between Rhinos and Southern Rocks.

 

The two finals as well as the men’s third-place playoff match will be live-streamed on Zimbabwe Cricket’s YouTube channel and website, while ball-by-ball coverage will also be available on the Zimbabwe Cricket mobile app.

Eagles will now face table-toppers Mountaineers in the Domestic T20 Competition final scheduled for Saturday at Harare Sports Club.

Eagles complete turnaround to storm into men’s T20 final

Southern Rocks – 146-5 in 20 overs (Roy Kaia 38, Cephas Zhuwao 31, Richmond Mutumbami 27*; Wessly Madhevere 3/22, Brad Evans 1/30)

Alliance Health Eagles – 147-3 in 18.1 overs (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 77, Wessly Madhevere 22*, Kudzai Maunze 19; Roy Kaia 2/13) 

 

Alliance Health Eagles won by seven wickets

 

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s dazzling innings of 77 off just 53 balls propelled Alliance Health Eagles to a seven-wicket victory over Southern Rocks at Old Hararians Sports Club on Tuesday.

 

The victory saw them storming into the Domestic T20 Competition final, completing a remarkable turnaround after they lost their first two matches of the tournament.

Rocks had decided to bat on winning the toss.

Their not-so-secret weapon, Cephas Zhuwao, launched the innings with typical power, smashing two sixes and two fours as he raced to 31 off 23 balls.

Then, with the score 43 in the fifth over, Brad Evans dismissed him lbw, to the great relief of his team.

His partner Innocent Kaia soon followed him for seven and, with Tadiwanashe Marumani going for 15 and Tafadzwa Tsiga for 10, the innings was in danger of losing its way at 71 for four in the 10th over.

Then came a vital partnership, as Richmond Mutumbami joined Roy Kaia and the pair, scoring at a run a ball, put on 61 in just over nine overs, with Kaia run out for 38 at the end of the 19th over.

Mutumbami finished with 27 not out as the innings closed on 146 for five wickets.

Wessly Madhevere again did an excellent job with the ball, taking three wickets for 22 in his four overs.

Eagles soon gave notice of their determination to win again as Kamunhukamwe and Kudzai Maunze got the innings going at a cracking rate.

 

By the time Roy Kaia bowled Maunze for 19 off only 10 balls in the fourth over, the score was already 35.

Chamu Chibhabha played a steady supporting role to score 15 off 26 balls as he put on 45 in seven overs with Kamunhukamwe.

After he was caught at the wicket, also off Roy Kaia, Madhevere took over while Kamunhukamwe went from strength to strength.

Victory was virtually assured when Kamunhukamwe was run out from a throw by Marumani for 77, with the score now 130 for three in the 17th over – he faced only 53 balls and hit two sixes and eight fours.

It took only another 10 balls for Eagles to complete their victory, with Madhevere not out with 22 and Evans with eight.

Roy Kaia was not only his side’s top batter in this match, but also their best bowler, as in his four overs he took two wickets and conceded only 13 runs.

 

Eagles will now face table-toppers Mountaineers in the Domestic T20 Competition final scheduled for Saturday at Harare Sports Club.

 

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Tuskers – 116-9 in 20 overs (Milton Shumba 35, Thabo Mboyi 17, Bright Phiri 15; John Masara 2/9, Tendai Chatara 2/20, Shingi Masakadza 2/34)

Mountaineers – 118-2 in 16.3 overs (Kevin Kasuza 70*, Tony Munyonga 21*, PJ Moor 14; John Nyumbu 1/19, Ainsley Ndlovu 1/13)

 

Mountaineers won by eight wickets

A brilliant innings of 70 not out by Kevin Kasuza swept Mountaineers to a fine victory by eight wickets over Tuskers at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.

Tuskers decided to bat first on winning the toss, but the move never really looked like coming off successfully.

Neither did the promotion of Clive Madande to open the batting, as he was bowled by Tendai Chatara for six in the second over.

Bright Phiri, the other opener, did his best for the team, hitting three fours as he scored 15 off 13 balls before being caught off Tinashe Muchawaya.

After that Milton Shumba was the only batter who shaped up well, as he ran to 35 off 29 balls, hitting a six and four fours.

But he could not find a reliable partner, and the other middle-order batters were all soon dismissed for single-figure scores, although Luke Jongwe (9) might have made something of his innings had he not been run out.

Eight wickets were down for 88 before there came the highest partnership of the innings – but this was worth only 22 for the ninth wicket, as Thabo Mboyi made 17 off 15 balls, along with Sheu Musekwa, who was nine not out when the innings closed for a disappointing 116 for nine wickets.

Four Mountaineers bowlers shared the wickets, with John Masara coming off best with two for nine in his three overs, while Chatara and Shingi Masakadza also took two wickets each.

The result was not long in any doubt, as Kasuza opened the Mountaineers innings with a blaze of strokes.

His partner, PJ Moor, scored 14 off 16 balls and when he was caught off John Nyumbu the score was 67 in the ninth over.

Spencer Magodo was out for seven, but by now the score was 88 for two in the 12th over.

Tony Munyonga decided to give Kasuza some rivalry, and he hit out to such purpose that off 17 balls he hit 21 not out and blasted a six off Shumba to win the match in the 17th over.

Kasuza finished unbeaten with 70, scored off only 54 balls, and it included a six and three fours.

Nyumbu was the only regular bowler to escape serious punishment, as his four overs cost 19 runs and he took the wicket of Moor.

Mountaineers have won all four of their round-robin matches in this competition and will now meet Eagles in the final scheduled for Saturday.

 

2021/22 DOMESTIC T20 COMPETITION POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Mountaineers

4

4

0

0

0

40

1.202

Alliance Health Eagles

4

2

2

0

0

20

0.110

Rhinos

4

2

2

0

0

20

-0.170

Southern Rocks

4

1

3

0

0

10

-0.262

Tuskers

4

1

3

0

0

10

-0.751

Kudzai Maunze scored 78 runs off only 44 balls, with five sixes and six fours.

Maunze stars with bat as Eagles record first T20 victory

Alliance Health Eagles – 159-4 in 18 overs (Kudzai Maunze 78, Chamu Chibhabha 45, Wessly Madhevere 19; Tashinga Musekiwa 1/14, Jabulisa Tshuma 1/20, Trevor Gwandu 1/34)

Rhinos – 24-5 in 6.1 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 12, Prince Masvaure 8*, Tashinga Musekiwa 2; Wessly Madhevere 3/6, Richard Ngarava 1/4, Tapiwa Mufudza 1/14)

Alliance Health Eagles won by 48 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method)

A magnificent second-wicket partnership between Kudzai Maunze and Chamu Chibhabha swept Alliance Health Eagles to a Duckworth-Lewis victory over Rhinos in their Domestic T20 Competition match at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

The eventual declared margin of 38 runs completely obscures the dominance that Eagles had throughout the match, thanks largely to this partnership.

Rain before the start reduced this match to 18 overs per side.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Eagles having been put in to bat, hit a four and was then caught at the wicket off Charlton Tshuma’s third delivery.

There followed that powerful partnership of 117 in 12 overs between Maunze and the captain, Chibhabha.

Chibhabha was the first to go with 45 off 37 balls, with a six and six fours, but Maunze was even more dynamic.

He soon followed Chibhabha, having scored 78 runs off only 44 balls, with five sixes and six fours.

Although Wessly Madhevere scored 19, the batting at the death was not very effective, but thanks to that major partnership the total was a very good one of 159 for four wickets.

None of the bowlers enjoyed much success, and all went for more than a run a ball.

The first three overs of the Rhinos innings virtually removed all their hopes of a successful run chase.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano scored 12 runs off the first 11 balls, but was then caught off Tapiwa Mufudza.

In the next over Madhevere had Nyasha Mayavo and Tarisai Musakanda both lbw in quick succession, so that three top wickets went down within five balls bowled, and the score was 14 for three.

This became 20 for four when Madhevere in his next over took Tashinga Musekiwa (two) for his third victim, and then Ngarava bowled Johnathan Campbell for one – 24 for five after six overs.

Prince Masvaure was still there with eight, having had less of the bowling, and he faced one more ball from Madhevere before the umpires called a halt due to bad light.

The match was called off at five o’clock with no more play possible, and under any regulations that could be invented Eagles would have been declared winners.

This was their first Domestic T20 Competition victory in three matches.

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Southern Rocks – 121-8 in 18 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 24, Innocent Kaia 24, Cephas Zhuwao 21; Victor Nyauchi 3/16, Wellington Masakadza 3/25, John Masara 1/23)

Mountaineers – 60-3 in 7 overs (Kevin Kasuza 29, Tony Munyonga 14*, Wellington Masakadza 5*; Cuthbert Musoko 1/7, Sydney Murombo 1/7, Nkosilathi Nungu 1/16)

Mountaineers won by 13 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) 

A fluent innings of 29 by Mountaineers opening batter Kevin Kasuza proved to be the vital factor in his team’s Duckworth-Lewis victory by 13 runs over Southern Rocks at Old Hararians on Monday.

Rocks chose, unusually in T20 cricket, to bat first in what was also reduced to an 18-over contest, but they failed to make the most of it.

Although they batted quite consistently, with six men reaching double figures, not one of them reached 25 and played the major innings that is usually necessary for a big score.

Cephas Zhuwao faced just nine balls, hitting a six and three fours in scoring 21 runs, but was then cut off when Tendai Chatara caught him off the bowling of Victor Nyauchi.

Innocent Kaia and Tadiwanashe Marumani both scored 24, but after pair was out at 72 for three in the eighth over, the remaining batters could make only 49 more runs in the last 10 overs.

Richmond Mutumbami was the best of these with 15 off 12 balls, and the final total was 121 for eight wickets.

Nyauchi was again their best bowler, taking three wickets for 16 in his three overs, while Wellington Masakadza took three for 25 in four.

When Mountaineers batted, Kasuza was out of the blocks immediately, playing some brilliant attacking strokes, so after four overs the score, helped by eight extras, was 40 for two wickets, of which Kasuza had 26 off 16 balls.

But two wickets had also fallen at that stage, PJ Moor being caught at the wicket for one and Spencer Magodo out for three.

At 53 Kasuza went, bowled by Sydney Murombo for 29 off 23 balls, but Tony Munyonga and Wellington Masakadza took six runs off the next four balls – at which point the umpires took the players from the field for bad light.

They were never able to return, and so Mountaineers were declared winners on the back of Kasuza’s little cameo.

This keeps them on top of the tournament table, having won all three of their matches so far.

2021/22 DOMESTIC T20 COMPETITION POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Mountaineers

3

3

0

0

0

30

1.135

Rhinos

4

2

2

0

0

20

-0.170

Southern Rocks

3

1

2

0

0

10

-0.042

Alliance Health Eagles

3

1

2

0

0

10

-0.094

Tuskers

3

1

2

0

0

10

-0.521

Nyauchi finished with three for 19, while there were two wickets for Masara and four other bowlers took a wicket each.

Mountaineers edge Rhinos in T20 thriller

Mountaineers – 143-6 in 19 overs (Tony Munyonga 49, Spencer Magodo 28, Shingi Masakadza 22; Neville Madziva 3/29, Chris Mpofu 2/26, Brandon Mavuta 1/33)

Rhinos – 141-9 in 19 overs (Nyasha Mayavo 39, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 35, Neville Madziva 15; Victor Nyauchi 3/18, John Masara 2/21, Tony Munyonga 1/8)

 

Mountaineers won by two runs

 

Victor Nyauchi won a thrilling Domestic T20 Competition match for Mountaineers by taking two wickets in the final over as Rhinos fell just three runs short of their target at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday.

The match started late owing to rain, and was reduced to 19 overs per side.

Chris Mpofu struck two blows in his second over after Mountaineers were put in to bat.

He had PJ Moor caught for three and, three balls later, had Roy Kaia caught at the wicket for two – Mountaineers were now seven for two by the third over.

Tony Munyonga came out to join Spencer Magodo and the pair did well to take the score to 68 in nine overs before Neville Madziva bowled Magodo for a valuable 28.

Munyonga played quite a dazzling innings, scoring 49 off only 30 balls, with a six and six fours.

There was an entertaining partnership between the Masakadza brothers, who put on 31 in three overs, Wellington making 21 while Shingi smote 22 off only 10 balls, with two sixes and a four.

The innings closed at 143 for six, with Mpofu returning two wickets for 26 in his four overs, while Madziva took three for 29 in three overs.

Rhinos lost Prince Masvaure for one, caught by Moor off Victor Nyauchi, but Takudzwanashe Kaitano hit out boldly to score 35 off 24 balls before Nyauchi caught him off Shingi Masakadza, the score then being 76 for two after eight overs.

At the other end, Nyasha Mayavo was playing another fine innings, scoring 39, but then he was bowled by John Masara, and Tarisai Musakanda came and went for 13.

One run later, Brandon Mavuta was caught off Munyonga for six, and at 102 for five in the 13th over Rhinos found themselves in trouble.

Johnathan Campbell was out for nine, while Carl Mumba made eight – 129 for seven in the 18th over meant 15 runs were needed off the last 10 balls, and then eight off the final over, bowled by Nyauchi.

He bowled out Tashinga Musekiwa with his first ball – there was a leg-bye, and Madziva scored two twos.

For the last ball Madziva was on strike and needed three to win the match, but Nyauchi bowled him out and Mountaineers had scraped home by two runs.

Nyauchi finished with three for 19, while there were two wickets for Masara and four other bowlers took a wicket each.

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Southern Rocks – 165-3 in 19 overs (Roy Kaia 61*, Tafadzwa Tsiga 46*, Tadiwanashe Marumani 19; John Nyumbu 1/18, Steve Chimhamhiwa 1/20)

Tuskers – 137 all out in 18 overs (Bright Phiri 40, Luke Jongwe 24, Steve Chimhamhiwa 16; Sydney Murombo 4/16, Cuthbert Musoko 3/29, Nkosilathi Nungu 2/30)

 

Southern Rocks won by 28 runs

Roy Kaia and Tafadzwa Tsiga of Southern Rocks produced one of the best partnerships of the Domestic T20 Competition when they put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket in 10.3 overs without being separated against Tuskers at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

The resultant total of 165 for three wickets was too great for Tuskers, who went down to defeat by 28 runs.

 

This match was also reduced to 19 overs per side due to rain.

Rocks, put in to bat, had mixed fortunes at the start of their innings.

Innocent Kaia hit the first two balls of the match, from Steve Chimhamhiwa, for four and six, before he took a single and saw his partner Cephas Zhuwao caught off the first delivery he faced.

Innocent Kaia did a good if brief job, out for 19 off only 10 balls, but when Tadiwanashe Marumani was caught off John Nyumbu for 29 in the ninth over the score was 57 for three.

There followed one of the best partnerships of the tournament, as Roy Kaia joined Tsiga and the two of them batted brilliantly to share an unbroken partnership of 108 in 11.3 overs.

Tsiga did well enough to score 46 off 42 balls, with a six and three fours, but Roy Kaia really excelled himself with a brilliant 61 – it came off only 34 balls, as he hit three sixes and three fours in great style.

After their 19 overs, Rocks had raised the impressive total of 165 for three wickets.

The pace bowlers suffered the most, with Chimhamhiwa, Luke Jongwe and Allan Chigoma all going for more than 10 runs an over, while the spinners were much more economical.

Milton Shumba’s three overs cost only 13 runs, while Nyumbu took one for 18 in his three.

Bright Phiri batted superbly when Tuskers replied, hitting up 40 off only 26 balls, including a six and six fours, before he was caught by Roy Kaia off Sydney Murombo.

He could not find a reliable partner, however, with Shumba out in the same way for 12, and Clive Madande was caught at the wicket first ball off Cuthbert Musoko.

Allan Chigoma then went for five, and Tuskers were 66 for five in the 10th over, with hope virtually gone.

The later batters gave it their best shot, with Jongwe hitting 24 off 18 balls and Chimhamhiwa 16 off 14.

But the task was too great for them, and after 18 overs they were all out for 137.

Murombo in three overs enjoyed the fine figures of four wickets for 16 runs, while Musoko had three for 29.

 

2021/22 DOMESTIC T20 COMPETITION POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Mountaineers

2

2

0

0

0

20

0.971

Rhinos

3

2

1

0

0

20

0.657

Southern Rocks

2

1

1

0

0

10

0.295

Tuskers

3

1

2

0

0

10

-0.521

Alliance Health Eagles

2

0

2

0

0

0

-1.361

Jongwe and Musekwa took three wickets each, for 20 and 22 runs respectively

Tuskers win after Eagles fail to capitalise on Evans’ five-wicket haul

Tuskers – 140-9 in 20 overs (Allan Chigoma 32, Steve Chimhamhiwa 22, Ainsley Ndlovu 21*; Brad Evans 5/24, Aishah Chibanda 2/15, Richard Ngarava 2/23)

Alliance Health Eagles – 120 all out in 16.5 overs (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 23, Marshal Takodza 21, Brad Evans 17; Luke Jongwe 3/20, Sheunopa Musekwa 3/22, Mgcini Dube 1/12)

 

Tuskers won by 20 runs

 

Despite a remarkable five-wicket haul by Brad Evans, Alliance Health Eagles rather unexpectedly came unstuck at Old Hararians on Friday in their Domestic T20 Competition match against Tuskers, who emerged winners by 20 runs.

At no stage of their innings did Tuskers really look like posting a convincing score after they were put in to bat, so it was rather a surprise that they actually took their score to 140.

Three wickets were down for 34 in the eighth over, including that of Milton Shumba, caught at the wicket off Richard Ngarava for seven.

 

Evans took the other two wickets.

Clive Madande scored 10 off 13 balls, while Allan Chigoma did the best job, scoring 32 off 25 balls.

Luke Jongwe was out for three, and the score was 82 for six in the 15th over with all the recognised batters out.

Briefly Ainsley Ndlovu (21 not out off 18 balls) and Steve Chimhamhiwa (22 off 15) staged a rally, striking out and making 33 in 3.2 overs, 22 of them to Chimhamhiwa, who hit four fours.

Considering the early collapse, a final score of 140 for nine wickets was not too bad.

Evans did a very good job for Eagles, achieving the comparatively rare feat of taking five wickets in his four overs, at a cost of 24 runs.

There were two wickets each to Ngarava and Aishah Chibanda.

Eagles began their innings as if they had 200 to chase, with Wessly Madhevere hitting the first three balls he faced, from Chimhamhiwa, for four.

However, he was burning his candle at both ends, as off only the sixth ball he faced he was caught at the wicket off Jongwe for 15.

Jongwe soon removed Chamu Chibhabha for two, and then Kudzai Maunze also blazed away to hit two fours off Chimhamhiwa before he edged his fourth ball to the keeper.

Eagles thus had the remarkable score of 26 for three wickets in just 2.4 overs, and were in danger of throwing the match away.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe hit up a quick 23 off 15 balls, but he also lost his wicket, and at the 10-over mark Eagles were 81 for five – well on course for the runs, but in some danger with the wickets.

Two balls later Marshal Takodza was bowled by John Nyumbu for 21, which left Evans with the responsibility of leading the tail if victory was to be achieved.

Evans scored 17 off 15 balls, but he went at 107 for seven after 14 overs, and this proved to be game over for Eagles.

Sheunopa Musekwa took two wickets in three balls, and despite a last-wicket flurry by Chibanda (15 not out), helped by Daniel Jakiel, the innings came to an end at 120, with 3.1 overs still to be bowled.

Jongwe and Musekwa took three wickets each, for 20 and 22 runs respectively, and the four other bowlers used all took one wicket apiece.

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Southern Rocks – 129-8 in 20 overs (Roy Kaia 31*, Tadiwanashe Marumani 29, Richmond Mutumbami 14; Johnathan Campbell 2/24, Tashinga Musekiwa 1/7, Ryan Burl 1/18)

Rhinos – 131-5 in 18 overs (Nyasha Mayavo 50, Tashinga Musekiwa 28*, Neville Madziva 21*; Dylan Hondo 1/19, Cuthbert Musoko 1/22, Nkosilathi Nungu 1/24)

 

Rhinos won by five wickets

 

A dashing fifty from Nyasha Mayavo laid the foundation for a good five-wicket victory for Rhinos over Southern Rocks in their Domestic T20 Competition match at Harare Sports Club on Friday, when their top order was in danger of faltering.

In contrast to Tuskers at Old Hararians, Rocks, put in to bat, looked at one stage like making a big score, but ultimately disappointed.

Cephas Zhuwao began his innings in typical fashion, smashing a six off Johnathan Campbell in the opening over, but off the final delivery was out lbw for eight.

Tadiwanashe Marumani also began in fine aggressive fashion, and the score was 37 before Innocent Kaia, playing a supporting role, was out for seven in the fifth over.

Marumani made 29 before he was caught off Brandon Mavuta, having hit five fours, while Richmond Mutumbami scored 14 off 13 balls.

At 71 for four in the 10th over, Rhinos were well placed for a big score, but the later batting never developed.

Roy Kaia did his job well, working the ball around the field skilfully to make 31 not out when the innings closed, but Brian Mudzinganyama took 18 balls to score nine, which was a serious drag on the scoring at this stage of the innings.

Tafadzwa Tsiga scored 10 off 10 balls, but the later batters did little, and the final score of 129 for eight was disappointing.

Campbell took two wickets, while Ryan Burl, with one for 18 off four overs, was the most economical bowler.

Rhinos began their challenge briskly, but lost their openers early, with Takudzwanashe Kaitano out for four and Prince Masvaure for 13.

Tarisai Musakanda was out for four, and Rhinos would have been in considerable trouble without Mayavo, who struck the ball superbly.

Mayavo went on to score 50 off only 33 balls, with five fours, while the other four top batters scored 25 between them – the score was 92 for five in the 14th over when he left, caught at the wicket off Roy Kaia.

However, Neville Madziva and Tashinga Musekiwa were the men for the job, and from that point onwards Rhinos sailed to victory with ease, as they put on 39 together for the sixth wicket unbroken, in just 4.2 overs.

Madziva scored 21 off 23 balls, but it was the less experienced Musekiwa who did most of the work, scoring 28 off only 15 balls, with two sixes and two fours.

Rhinos won the match with two full overs to spare.

All five bowlers used took a wicket each, with Dylan Hondo the most economical of them as his four overs cost only 19 runs.

 

2021/22 DOMESTIC T20 COMPETITION POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Rhinos

2

2

0

0

0

20

1.050

Mountaineers

1

1

0

0

0

10

1.617

Tuskers

2

1

1

0

0

10

-0.043

Southern Rocks

1

0

1

0

0

0

-0.828

Alliance Health Eagles

2

0

2

0

0

0

-1.361