Great Zimbabwe crowned inaugural Domestic T10 champions

Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 128-1 in 10 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 54, Richmond Mutumbami 35*, Tony Munyonga 29*; Dylan Hondo 1/22)

Harare Kings – 111-6 in 10 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 73, Tarisai Musakanda 9, Faraz Akram 7*; Tony Munyonga 2/20, Luke Jongwe 1/20, Tawananyasha Kasondo 1/36)

 

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 17 runs

A magnificent lone fighting innings of 73 from Cephas Zhuwao of Harare Kings could not quite match the double act of Tadiwanashe Marumani and Richmond Mutumbami of Great Zimbabwe Patriots in the Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 final at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Victory deservedly went to the Masvingo-based side, and came by a margin of 17 runs in an entertaining contest.

Great Zimbabwe’s luck with the toss continued, and once again they chose to bat first with their brilliant opening partnership of Marumani and Mutumbami.

The first over, from Brad Evans, could be said to be a quiet one for this pair, with 11 runs coming from it, followed by 13 off Alex Falao.

After five overs they had taken the score to 48, which may appear a little tame for this pair, but in the next over Marumani hit Falao for a two, two fours and three sixes to speed up the scoring a little – 30 runs came off the over.

The partnership lasted seven overs for 91 runs before Dylan Hondo finally had Marumani caught on the long-on boundary by Zhuwao, having scored 54 runs off 26 balls with four sixes and five fours.

This brought in Tony Munyonga, who faced Sikandar Raza and slogged his first ball for six, followed by another off Hondo.

Seventeen runs came off the final over, which took the score to 128 for one wicket.

 

Mutumbami scored 35 off 23 balls, with two sixes and two fours, while Munyonga made 29 off 12 balls, with three sixes and a four.

Evans, who bowled two overs for 19 runs, was the only bowler to concede fewer than 20 runs in two overs, while the unfortunate Falao went for 43.

This left a very challenging target for Harare Kings, but with Raza and Zhuwao in the opposition, it could not be regarded as a safe score.

Kings sent in Raza first this time with Zhuwao to open the innings, but the move failed.

 

Raza hit his first ball, from Luke Jongwe, for four, only to be caught near the square-leg boundary by Marumani off the next, a great blow to Kings.

Tarisai Musakanda joined Zhuwao, but a tight over from Sydney Murombo brought only two runs – seven runs after two overs made a Kings victory more unlikely than ever now.

In the fourth over Musakanda was caught for nine, followed by Evans, third ball after hitting a boundary, and the score was now 43 for three in the fifth over.

As long as Zhuwao was there, there was hope for Kings, however, and the big man was doing his best to rise to the occasion, boundaries flowing from his bat even as the required run rate crept up to three runs per ball.

Mohammad Zaheer went out to Munyonga after scoring one of a 23-run partnership with Zhuwao – 66 for four in the seventh over.

Zhuwao reached his fifty with a six off 23 balls, but 35 runs were needed off the last two overs, a tall order even for Zhuwao.

His gallant effort ended in the ninth over, as in trying to farm the bowling he was run out by a throw from Mutumbami at short fine leg.

His magnificent innings of 73 came off only 33 balls, and contained six sixes and five fours.

 

Great Zimbabwe now knew that the match and the trophy were theirs.

Zhuwao, the only man to reach double figures, left with the score 103 for six wickets, and the final score for Kings was 111 for six wickets.

Munyonga had the best figures with ball of two wickets for 20 runs, but Murombo did an invaluable job by bowling two overs without a wicket, conceding only 11 runs.

Most of all in this tournament, though, Great Zimbabwe have been indebted to their marvellous opening partnership of Marumani and Mutumbami, and this pair did the job for them again on the big day.

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Lions – 101-4 in 10 overs (Marshall Takodza 26*, Bright Phiri 26, Christopher Masike 18; Cuthbert Musoko 2/14, Tapiwa Mufudza 1/18, Shingi Masakadza 1/19)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 94-5 in 10 overs (Shingi Masakadza 35, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 28, Joylord Gumbie 13*; Kudakwashe Macheka 2/10, Nkosilathi Nungu 1/11, Arnold Shara 1/15)

 

Lions won by seven runs

The day began with the third-place play-off between Takashinga Patriots 1 and Lions, which proved to be a thrilling match won narrowly by Lions with a margin of only seven runs.

Despite some brilliant hitting from both teams, it was the superb pace bowling of Kudakwashe Macheka at the death of the Takashinga innings that turned the game in Lions’ favour.

Takashinga won the toss and sent Lions in to bat.

Bright Phiri gave Lions an excellent start by blazing 26 runs off 12 balls, including five fours, before being the first man out at 35 in the third over.

Christopher Masike was also in good form, hitting two sixes as he scored 18 off 11 balls, and on his dismissal Lions were 67 for three in the seventh over, with Spencer Magodo also out for nine.

Lions looked set for an easy 100 total, but then Cuthbert Musoko bowled a fine over that ended with the dismissal of Tashinga Musekiwa for two, the fourth wicket down at 70.

Marshall Takodza, the captain, blasted his second ball for six and then raced to 26 off 12 balls in the last three overs, with Clive Madande at the other end scoring 10 off 11 balls.

Takodza’s final burst just achieved a 100 total – 101 to be exact, with four wickets down.

Musoko had been the best of the bowlers, taking two wickets for 15 runs in his two overs.

Takodza struck with his second ball when Takashinga batted, holding a return catch from Takudzwanashe Kaitano without a run on the board.

However, his joy ended there, as Tinashe Kamunhukamwe came in and smote a six and two fours off the remaining four balls.

Kamunhukamwe then set his sights on Arnold Shara at the other end and did exactly the same to him – except that off the final delivery Madande held a catch at leg slip to send him on his way after blasting 28 off nine balls.

Nkosilathi Nungu bowled the next over and immediately Madande took his second catch in two balls to remove Chamu Chibhabha for one, reducing Takashinga to 30 for three.

Shingi Masakadza, now joined by Baxton Gopito, is never a player to be daunted by the situation and he now launched his assault on the bowlers.

He emulated Kamunhukamwe by racing to 31 not out off his first 10 balls, making the score 66 for three off five overs.

Masakadza reached 35 off 19 balls, but was then caught on the midwicket boundary by Phiri off Macheka – 71 for four in the sixth over, and the match was in the balance again, with all the big hitters gone.

Twenty runs were needed off the last two overs, and Gopito was out to Macheka for nine, leaving Joylord Gumbie and Richard Ngarava at the crease.

Macheka bowled so well that only five runs came from his over, leaving 15 to be made from the final over, bowled by Trevor Gwandu.

Fine bowling by Gwandu was too much for the batters, who could manage only seven, including a leg-bye, and so after five straight victories Takashinga suffered defeat and were demoted to fourth place in the competition.

Their final total was 94 for five, with Gumbie not out with 13 and Ngarava five.

Macheka’s two vital overs cost only 10 runs and accounted for two invaluable wickets, while Gwandu took no wickets but conceded just 11 runs when under great pressure.

BAC, Westside finish T10 campaign with consolation victories

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 76-4 in 10 overs (Cunningham Ncube 37*, Brian Majoka 25*, Tinashe Nenhunzi 6; Charlton tshuma 2/4, Thamsanqa Nunu 1/10, Brandon Mavuta 1/12)

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 80-4 in 9 overs (Brandon James 21, Thamsanqa Nunu 15*, Brandon Mavuta 13; Wishnanzy Chapfombo 1/6, Honest Ziwira 1/11, Nigel Mupurura 1/13)

Bulawayo Athletic Club won by six wickets

Charlton Tshuma’s two wickets in his opening over gave Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) an advantage over Takashinga Patriots 2 that they never lost in the first Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday morning, and in the end they won this game by six wickets.

BAC put Takashinga in to bat and immediately had them in trouble.

Within four deliveries Tshuma bowled out Kudzai Maunze and had Tariro Mukauyo caught at the wicket with only two runs on the board.

Tinashe Nenhunzi (6) was soon lbw to Thamsanga Nunu and Daichi Nyandoro lbw to Brandon Mavuta for three, leaving Takashinga reeling at 24 for four after five overs.

Cunningham Ncube, now back to good form, was joined by Brian Majoka and the two batted admirably for the remaining five, with Ncube finishing the innings on 37 off 29 balls and Majoka 25 off 13.

But T10 allows no time for recovery for teams that suffer bad starts, and the total after 10 overs was only 76 for four.

Tshuma took his two wickets for four runs, but strangely did not get to bowl a second over.

Seven bowlers had their turn in the 10 overs, and Prince Kaunda, a bowling hero in their previous match, this time had 24 runs hit off his two overs without taking a wicket.

Takashinga were however by no means out of the match, as the BAC batting has not proved reliable in this tournament.

They also made a bad start, with Nkosana Mpofu recording another duck, bowled third ball by Nenhunzi with eight runs on the board.

Nyasha Mayavo was out for seven, but Brandon James came out swinging, quickly hitting a six and two fours, before being bowled by Honest Ziwira for 21 – 40 for three in the sixth over.

After that BAC continued safely towards their target: Brandon Mavuta made 13 off eight balls, while Nunu with 15 not out off 13 played a sound anchor role.

Tanatswa Bechani, with 11 not out off five balls, made sure his team got home in time, and with six balls in hand BAC crossed the line with a total of 80 for four wickets.

Nigel Mupurura was the steadiest of the bowlers, taking one wicket for 13 in his two overs.

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Gladiators – 80-4 in 10 overs (Wessly Madhevere 31, Tatenda Matimbe 20*, Masimba Marovatsanga 11′ Tinashe Muchawaya 2/8, John Masara 1/16)

Westside – 81-3 in 9.5 overs (Tinashe Chiorah 37*, Clive Chitumba 33*, Definite Mawadzi 8; Owen Muzondo 3/6) 

 

Westside won by seven wickets

A superb unbroken partnership of 62 between Clive Chitumba and Tinashe Chiorah not only pulled Westside out of trouble but won the match for them in a thrilling finish by six wickets with just one ball to spare.

Gladiators lost the wicket of Lennox Chando to the second ball of the innings, caught by Kudzai Sauramba at the wicket off Tinashe Muchawaya without a run, and Owen Muzondo was bowled by John Masara for six.

The captain, Tatenda Matimbe, played a steady game, but Wessly Madhevere seemed to find number four a better position in the order for him this time, as he played a sparkling innings of 31 off 19 balls (two sixes, two fours) before Masara caught him off Muchawaya.

Matimbe was unbeaten at the end of the innings with 20 not out off 22 balls, while Masimba Marovatsanga scored 11 off seven balls before being run out off the final ball of the innings.

The total was 80 for only four wickets after 10 overs.

Muchawaya was much the best of the bowlers, taking two valuable wickets for eight runs in his two overs.

Chitumba began the Westside innings with a six off Marovatsanga, but the second over, bowled by Muzondo, brought them disaster, as his first two balls saw Kevin Kasuza caught at the wicket and Muchawaya bowled.

Definite Mawadzi was caught by Madhevere off Muzondo for eight to make the score 19 for three in the fourth over, and Gladiators at this stage looked to be on top.

Then came the vital partnership between Chitumba and Chiorah, who steadied the innings and increased the run rate.

After eight overs the score was 59, with 22 needed off the last two overs to win the match.

The batters were up to the job, as 12 runs came from Matimbe’s next over, mostly to Chiorah, who hit him for two fours.

Marovatsanga bowled with 10 needed for victory, and with some good running and a four to third man by Chitumba to level the scores, the heroic deed was done off the fifth ball.

Chitumba finished with 33 off 27 balls (two sixes and a four) and Chiorah with 37 off only 22 (two sixes, three fours).

Muzondo had almost won the match for Gladiators with his two overs for three wickets and only six runs, but the other bowlers could not keep the match-winning pair in check.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

7

6

1

0

0

12

2.974

Harare Kings

7

6

1

0

0

12

2.586

Takashinga Patriots 1

7

5

2

0

0

10

1.299

Lions

7

3

4

0

0

6

-0.104

Westside

7

3

4

0

0

6

-0.786

Bulawayo Athletic Club

7

3

4

0

0

6

-1.572

Gladiators

7

1

6

0

0

2

-1.006

Takashinga Patriots 2

7

1

6

0

0

2

-3.202

Takashinga hand Great Zimbabwe first T10 defeat

Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 96-4 in 10 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 53*, Tadiwanashe Marumani 13, Costa Zhou 10; Tapiwa Mufudza 2/6, Tanaka Chivanga 1/11, Shingi Masakadza 1/16)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 97-3 in 7.3 overs (Shingi Masakadza 39*, Chamu Chibhabha 18, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 18*; George Matanga 1/7, Sydney Murombo 1/25, Tony Munyonga 1/33)

 

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by seven wickets

The brutal hitting of Shingi Masakadza and the bowling of Tapiwa Mufudza were the key factors in Great Zimbabwe Patriots’ first defeat of the Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 tournament by six wickets at the hands of Takashinga Patriots 1 in the first match played at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

Great Zimbabwe again had good fortune with the toss and so were able to bat first as they always prefer to do.

Their regular devastating opening pair of Tadiwanashe Marumani and Richmond Mutumbami began with their customary array of powerful strokes, this time making 29 together for the first wicket, before in the third over Marumani was bowled by Tanaka Chivanga for 13, scored off nine balls.

Mutumbami was again in fine form, though, and the runs continued to flow with Costa Zhou as his new partner, until at the end of the sixth over Zhou was bowled by Masakadza for 10, scored off 10 balls and including a six.

The score was 57 for two, and there followed an unaccustomed setback for Great Zimbabwe as in the next over Mufudza had both Tony Munyonga and Luke Jongwe caught from successive deliveries, the first balls each of them faced.

Four wickets were now down for 58 in the seventh over as Nelson Chimbirimbiri, who owing to the success of the top order has had little batting to do in this tournament, joined Mutumbami at the crease.

Those wickets and the difficulty Chimbirimbiri had in scoring quickly slowed the scoring rate down, but Mutumbami was not to be deterred or removed.

He continued to hit out boldly and reached 53 not out when the end of the innings came – he faced 33 balls and hit two sixes and four fours.

The final total of 96 for four was remarkably low by Great Zimbabwe standards, and promised an even contest as it was one Takashinga had a good chance of overhauling.

Mufudza was the bowling hero – not only did he take two vital wickets, but his two overs yielded only six runs and slowed his opponents right down.

Chivanga could claim equal rights, though, as he also did very well with the ball, taking Marumani’s wicket and conceding only 11 runs in his two overs.

Takashinga went after their target with great intent and confidence as Innocent Kaia and Chamu Chibhabha opened their innings, and Jongwe’s first over went for 13 runs.

They reached 30 in the third over, but by then Kaia had been caught by Mutumbami off Sydney Murombo for 15, scored off eight balls, while Tinashe Kamunhukamwe hit a boundary and was then stumped off Munyonga.

This brought in Shingi Masakadza, who began a remarkable display of power hitting, despite the loss of Chibhabha, caught by Marumani off George Matanga for 18 off 10 balls.

By then the score was 72 in the sixth over, with Masakadza shredding the bowling with his devastating strokes.

With Takudzwanashe Kaitano now in and also hitting out, Takashinga surged on towards victory as Great Zimbabwe for the first time in the tournament were helpless to control the match.

Victory came with as many as 15 balls to spare, with Masakadza’s 39 not out coming off only 14 balls, with five sixes and a four.

Kaitano’s contribution was 18 not out, off 11 balls, with a six and a four.

Only George Matanga, whose single over removed Chibhabha and cost only seven runs, escaped the slaughter among the bowlers.

Takashinga have now won their last five matches in succession, but unfortunately for them their two early defeats have cost them a place in the final on Sunday, which will be played between Great Zimbabwe and Harare Kings.

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Lions – 116-5 in 10 overs (Tashinga Musekiwa 54*, Aliakbar Hamid 27, Clive Madande 13; Prince Kaunda 3/8, Charlton Tshuma 1/27, Tanatswa Bechani 1/33)

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 87-6 in 10 overs (Brandon James 20, Brandon Mavuta 19, Allan Chigoma 13*; Marshall Takodza 3/8, Tashinga Musekiwa 2/13, Trevor Gwandu 1/23)

 

Lions won by 29 runs

 

Tashinga Musekiwa had a great match for Lions, scoring a blistering fifty and taking two valuable wickets as they beat Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) by 29 runs.

Lions, put in to bat, made a bad start when Bright Phiri was caught at the wicket off the first ball of the innings from Charlton Tshuma.

Clive Madande scored 13 off nine balls, but when Spencer Magodo was out for five, the score was 28 for three in the fourth over and the prospects did not look good.

Musekiwa now came in and changed all that with his ferocious hitting right from the start.

So brutally did he massacre the bowling that when the remaining opening batter Aliakbar Hamid was out for 21 off 21 balls, the score was 91 for four in the ninth over.

Musekiwa passed his fifty in the company of Marshall Takodza, who also hit out, and they managed to take Lions to the good score of 116 for five wickets.

Musekiwa’s 54 not out came off only 19 balls and he hit no fewer than seven sixes and one four, while Takodza had 11 not out off five balls.

The best bowler for BAC was Prince Kaunda, who while his companions were suffering great violence managed to bowl his two overs for only eight runs and three wickets.

BAC made a disastrous start to their innings, losing Nkosana Mpofu caught by Bright Chipungu off the first ball of the innings, and Nyasha Mayavo in just the same way to the third ball, Marshall Takodza being the bowler.

Thamsanqa Nunu was next to go for six, the score then being 14 for three in two overs.

The opener Brandon James played well for a while and scored 20 off 14 balls, with two sixes and a four.

Brandon Mavuta was willing to have a go and take the risk and he hammered 18 runs off the first six balls he faced, before he trailed off and was out for 19 off 11.

By this time the score was 50 for five in the sixth over, which two overs later became 67 for six, and the cause was lost.

Takodza finished with three wickets for eight runs, while Musekiwa had two for 13.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

7

6

1

0

0

12

2.974

Harare Kings

7

6

1

0

0

12

2.586

Takashinga Patriots 1

7

5

2

0

0

10

1.299

Lions

7

3

4

0

0

6

-0.104

Westside

6

2

4

0

0

4

-0.967

Bulawayo Athletic Club

6

2

4

0

0

4

-2.062

Gladiators

6

1

5

0

0

2

-1.149

Takashinga Patriots 2

6

1

5

0

0

2

-3.526

Mutumbami stars as Great Zimbabwe’s perfect run continues

Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 126-3 in 10 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 73*, Luke Jongwe 27*, Tony Munyonga 10; Tinashe Muchawaya 1/14, Donald Tiripano 1/22, Vincent Masekesa 1/31)

Westside – 83 all out in 10 overs (Tinashe Muchawaya 30, Kudzai Sauramba 15, Clive Chitumba 14; Sydney Murombo 3/9, Tawanda Mhere 2/7, George Matanga 2/12)

 

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 43 runs

Richmond Mutumbami played the star role with a brilliant innings of 73 not out that effectively gave Great Zimbabwe Patriots a 43-run victory against Westside in the first Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 match at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Westside, winning the toss, put Great Zimbabwe in to bat first, and rejoiced when in the first over Tinashe Muchawaya seized the invaluable wicket of the in-form Tadiwanashe Marumani, caught at point by Vincent Masekesa for only five.

In the second over the captain, Costa Zhou, was caught off Donald Tiripano without scoring, and then Tony Munyonga was bowled by Masekesa for 10, to make the score 28 for three in the fifth over.

They would have been sitting pretty except for the fact that they were unable to dismiss Mutumbami as well.

Luke Jongwe, also in good hitting form, joined him at the crease, and so brilliantly did they hit that in five overs and two balls they hammered 98 runs in partnership to take the Great Zimbabwe total to a huge 126 for three wickets.

Masekesa was to pay dearly for his catch of Marumani and bowling of Munyonga, for his second over cost 26 runs, as Mutumbami hit him for a four and two sixes and Jongwe for a six off a no-ball.

Mutumbami’s 73 came off only 30 balls, and he hit six sixes and seven fours, while Jongwe contributed 27 off 15 balls, with two sixes and two fours.

The end result was a score of 126 for three wickets, setting a total that Westside could scarcely hope to exceed.

Muchawaya emerged best of the bowlers from the slaughter, his two overs costing only 14 runs for his one wicket.

They could only try their best, but soon lost Kevin Kasuza for six, bowled by Sydney Murombo, who later on dismissed Kudzai Sauramba for 15 off 16 balls.

Clive Chitumba scored 14 off 10 balls, but none of the later batters could reach double figures, except for Muchawaya, who made a grand effort with four sixes in his innings that was worth 30 runs off 10 balls.

But the last five batters managed only four runs among them, and the innings closed with the final delivery of the 10 overs for 83.

Murombo was the pick of the bowlers, taking three wickets for only nine runs in his two overs, while George Matanga had two for 12 and Tawanda Mhere two for seven in his single over.

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Lions – 53 all out in 10 overs (Clive Madande 14, Marshall Takodza 11, Nkosilathi Nungu 8; Brad Evans 3/10, Sikandar Raza 2/7, Dylan Hondo 2/12)

Harare Kings – 56-0 in 3 overs (Sikandar Raza 35*, Cephas Zhuwao 11*)

 

Harare Kings won by 10 wickets

Once again Sikandar Raza took the headlines with a powerful 35 not out and two cheap wickets, as Harare Kings cruised to an easy 10-wicket victory over Lions.

 

Kings had to bat for only three overs to complete their win.

Lions were sent in to bat, and were immediately in trouble, losing in the first eight deliveries both their openers, Blessed Muzite and Aliakbar Hamid, for a single each, three runs on the board.

Marshall Takodza, the captain, hit up a quick 11 off seven balls, while Clive Madande made 14 off 14, but the last seven in the order were quite unable to make any progress – not one of them could reach double figures or even hit a boundary among them.

The innings petered out for 53, with the final wicket going down to the last ball of the 10th over.

All five bowlers returned good figures in their two-over limitation, with Brad Evans taking three wickets for 10 runs, and two each for Raza, Dylan Hondo and Manson Chikowero.

When Lions bowled, their first over was a disaster, for Kudakwashe Macheka conceded 20 runs, of which 10 were scored by Raza and the other 10 came from one no-ball and five wides, some of them too difficult for the wicket-keeper to stop.

Even this was cheaper, though, than the third over, from Nkosilathi Nungu, that went for 24 – four sixes to Raza, the final one ending the match.

Raza finished unbeaten with 35 off 15 balls, with the four sixes plus two fours, but his partner, although granted only four balls, did manage 11 runs with a six and a four – name of Cephas Zhuwao.

It could be said that Trevor Gwandu, whose one over cost 12 runs, was the most successful bowler in this innings.

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Gladiators – 69-5 in 10 overs (Tinashe Chimbambo 18, Ashley Mufandauya 17, Masimba Marovatsanga 14*; Brandon Mavuta 2/18, Prince Kaunda 1/10, Brandon James 1/13)

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 71-3 in 9 overs (Nkosana Mpofu 20, Thamsanqa Nunu 18*, Brandon Mavuta 12*; Ashley Mufandauya 1/6, Malcom Chikuhwa 1/11, Owen Muzondo 1/22)

 

Bulawayo Athletic Club won by seven wickets

 

In a rather tame final match of the day, the Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) captain, Nkosana Mpofu, made a confident 20 runs, the highest score of the game, to put his team on the path to an eventual seven-wicket victory over Gladiators.

Both teams entered this match with only one victory to their credit, and were desperate to taste another.

Gladiators, put in to bat, needed at least one batter to take charge of the bowling and play a major innings, but they never found him.

Wessly Madhevere took 12 balls to make five before being out in the third over.

There was one good stand, between Ashley Mufandauya (17 off 14 balls) and Tinashe Chimbambo (18 off 10 balls), and they took the score to 41 before the second wicket fell in the sixth over.

This should have been a suitable platform from which the middle order could attack the bowling vigorously, but that never happened.

The only later batter to shape was Masimba Marovatsanga, who scored 14 not out off 10 balls, but he could only take the score to 69 for five wickets after 10 overs.

Brandon Mavuta took two wickets, but he was the most expensive bowler, for they cost him 18 runs.

Charlton Tshuma (seven runs) and Tanatswa Bechani (eight runs) did a fine job for their side, bowling two overs each very economically.

BAC in contrast began their innings confidently, mainly in the person of Mpofu, who stroked 20 off 15 balls before being out after four overs with the score 32.

Then the innings began to falter, and after Nyasha Mayavo had been third out for nine at 43, Thamsanqa Nunu and Mavuta proceeded quite cautiously towards the target.

 

Eleven runs were needed off the last two overs, but a burst of hitting took them home safely in one.

Nunu finished unbeaten with 18 off 15 balls, while Mavuta had 12 off eight.

Of the bowlers, Malcom Chikuhwa did well to take one for 11 off two overs.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

6

6

0

0

0

12

3.867

Harare Kings

7

6

1

0

0

12

2.586

Takashinga Patriots 1

6

4

2

0

0

8

1.058

Lions

6

2

4

0

0

4

-0.659

Westside

6

2

4

0

0

4

-0.967

Bulawayo Athletic Club

5

2

3

0

0

4

-1.873

Gladiators

6

1

5

0

0

2

-1.149

Takashinga Patriots 2

6

1

5

0

0

2

-3.526

 

Marumani’s third fifty on the trot puts BAC to the sword

Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 131-0 in 10 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 78*, Richmond Mutumbami 41*)

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 96-4 in 10 overs (Nkosana Mpofu 31, Brandon Mavuta 28*, Thamsanqa Nunu 26; Luke Jongwe 1/15, Tony Munyonga 1/16, Costa Zhou 1/17)

 

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 35 runs

 

Another brilliant innings by Tadiwanashe Marumani paved the way for an easy Great Zimbabwe Patriots victory by 35 runs over Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) in Wednesday’s first Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 match at Harare Sports Club.

BAC were made to regret their decision to put Great Zimbabwe in to bat on winning the toss, as their opponents piled up a score of 131 for no wicket, with Marumani scoring 78 of these off only 33 balls and his partner Richmond Mutumbami 41 off 28 balls.

The slaughter began almost immediately, although seven runs off Charlton Tshuma’s first over gave little hint of the devastation to come.

Allan Chigoma, who bowled the second over of the innings, conceded 20 runs, including a six and two fours from Marumani.

Of the six bowlers used, only Tshuma (17 runs off two overs) went for fewer than 20 runs, whether bowling one over or two.

 

Brandon Mavuta’s experience was a single over for 22 runs, including two sixes and two fours to Marumani.

Marumani hit six sixes and five fours in his innings, while Mutumbami had to be content with one six and four fours.

With such a total against them, BAC had to attack every ball from the start, and as a result quickly lost Nyasha Mayavo, bowled by Luke Jongwe, and Brandon James, run out, both without scoring.

Nkosana Mpofu, 31 off 21 balls, did form a useful partnership with Thamsanqa Nunu, 26 off 12, to take the score to 58 for three in the sixth over, but inevitably they were falling behind the run rate all the time.

Mavuta did his best with 28 not out off 20 balls at the death, but BAC did not have the hitting power of Marumani and the Masvingo-based team was never in danger.

The final score was 96 for four wickets, and Jongwe proved to be the most successful of the bowlers with one wicket for 15 runs in his two overs.

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Harare Kings – 93-7 in 10 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 37, Muhammad Zaheer 27, Saad Khan 13; Daichi Nyandoro 4/9, Nigel Mupurura 2/15, Tinashe Nenhunzi 1/30)

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 49-8 in 10 overs (Tendai Nyamayaro 12, Cunningham Ncube 9, Nyasha Chivore 6; Dylan Hondo 3/10, Ahsan Ali 2/7, Manson Chikowero 2/10) 

 

Harare Kings won by 44 runs

Cephas Zhuwao at last found his form in the format of the game that should suit him best, and his 37 gave Harare Kings a good start in their match against Takashinga Patriots 2 that resulted in their eventual victory by 44 runs.

Harare Kings decided to bat on winning the toss, and they had very mixed fortunes.

Tarisai Musakanda went out in the first over, caught off Tinashe Nenhunzi without scoring, and Sikandar Raza was this time round caught off Nigel Mupurura for seven.

On the credit side, Zhuwao played his best innings of the tournament to date, smashing 37 off 13 balls, with two sixes and four fours, so that when he was out to Mupurura at the end of the fourth over the score was 46 for four.

Mohammad Zaheer hit 27 off 17 balls, while Saad Khan scored 13 off 14, but was unable to give the innings the final thrust at the death.

Three wickets fell in the final over bowled by Daichi Nyandoro, for a single run among them, and Kings finished on 93 for seven wickets.

Nyandoro finished with four wickets for nine runs in his two overs, but Mupurura arguably did an even more valuable job, for with two for 15 he removed both Raza and Zhuwao.

Takashinga Patriots 2 lost the wicket of Tariro Mukauyo (1), lbw to Faraz Akram in the first over.

Nyandoro (4) and Cunningham Ncube (9) put on 16 for the second wicket, but that was as good as it got for the inexperienced second-team players, as more wickets went down at regular intervals.

Tendai Nyamayaro, with 12 off 12 balls, was the only batter to reach double figures and after 10 overs the score had reached only 49 for eight wickets.

Dylan Hondo took three wickets for 10 runs and Manson Chikowero two for 10.

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Gladiators – 106-6 in 10 overs (Ashley Mufandauya 37, Lennox Tinoda 20, Tinashe Chimbambo 20; Shingi Masakadza 3/11, Richard Ngarava 1/14, Privilege Chesa 1/27)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 110-7 in 9.5 overs (Richard Ngarava 45, Chamu Chibhabha 19, Alvin Chiradza 18*; Masimba Marovatsanga 5/16, Owen Muzondo 1/16, Tatenda Matimbe 1/17)

 

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by three wickets

In a thrilling finish to the final match of the day, Alvin Chiradza of Takashinga Patriots 1 hit 14 runs off the final over against Gladiators to take his team to a remarkable victory with just one delivery to spare.

There was plenty of excitement throughout the match as the initiative moved from one team to the other after Gladiators won the toss and decided to bat.

Wessly Madhevere hit the first ball of the Gladiators innings, from Richard Ngarava, for four and was bowled by the second.

His partner Ashley Mufandauya was in fine form, though, despite not getting much of the bowling, and hit up 37 off 17 balls, with two sixes and five fours.

Tinashe Chimbambo supported him well with 20, but after Mufandauya’s dismissal at 83 the innings rather trailed off, despite a few good hits from Lennox Chando with 20 not out off 10 balls.

The final score of 106 for six wickets was quite good, but not as high as Gladiators may have hoped for.

Shingi Masakadza was mainly responsible for the poor finish, as he took three wickets for 11 runs, while Ngarava took one for 14.

 

The other three bowlers of the side all went for 24 runs or more.

By coincidence, Takashinga started their innings just as Gladiators had started theirs: Tinashe Kamunhukamwe hit the first ball, from Masimba Marovatsanga, for four, only to be bowled by the second.

Baxton Gopito was caught off the third, and when at 19 Takudzwanashe Kaitano was caught for seven off Owen Muzondo, Takashinga were in real trouble.

Then Ngarava came in and let fly at everything, with Chamu Chibhabha at the other end being quite put in the shade.

Off 18 balls Ngarava slogged 45 runs, including two sixes and seven fours, and looked like winning the match off his own bat.

But then Marovatsanga returned and with his first ball bowled out Ngarava with the total at 79.

In the same over he had Chibhabha caught for 19, having faced only 12 balls but hit two sixes, and then finally trapped Shingi Masakadza lbw for seven – nine runs and three wickets in one eventful over.

Off the final two overs Takashinga needed 19 runs to win and a thrilling finish was in prospect.

Tanaka Chivanga was caught off Tatenda Matimbe for one, seven runs coming from the over and 12 needed from the final over.

Now Chiradza stood up to be counted.

Phase Mukabeta was the bowler and his second ball was a wide – Chiradza hit him for three twos and a four off consecutive deliveries to make the scores level with two balls in hand.

He hit the fifth ball down to third man and took Takashinga to a glorious victory with one delivery to spare, the final score being 110 for seven wickets.

It was Ngarava’s great hitting that had made victory possible, and Chiradza, who finished with 18 not out off nine balls, who completed it.

The great finish quite overshadowed the remarkable bowling figures of Marovatsanga, who took five vital wickets in his two overs for 16 runs.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

5

5

0

0

0

10

3.780

Harare Kings

6

5

1

0

0

10

1.670

Takashinga Patriots 1

6

4

2

0

0

8

1.058

Lions

5

2

3

0

0

4

0.681

Westside

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.258

Gladiators

5

1

4

0

0

2

-1.164

Bulawayo Athletic Club

4

1

3

0

0

2

-2.658

Takashinga Patriots 2

6

1

5

0

0

2

-3.526

Any opposing team wanting to win a match against Harare Kings has to remove Sikandar Raza cheaply in order to do so.

Raza runs riot again, Takashinga sides slug it out in low-key derby

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 42-7 in 10 overs (Nigel Mupurura 17, Tinashe Nenhunzi 12, Tariro Mukauyo 6; Privilege Chesa 2/5, Shingi Masakadza 2/6, Innocent Kaia 1/9)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 43-5 in 7.2 overs (Chamu Chibhabha 28, Baxton Gopito 8, Privilege Chesa 2*; Tendai Nyamayaro 2/5, Wishnanzy Chapfombo 1/2, Tinashe Nenhunzi 1/9)

 

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by five wickets

 

A well-hit 28 by Chamu Chibhabha was the main highlight of a rather low-key Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 match between the two Takashinga teams at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, which resulted in a five-wicket victory for Takashinga Patriots 1.

The senior Takashinga team won the toss and sent their little brothers in to bat.

Their innings never looked like taking off successfully.

Shingi Masakadza started their difficulties, as he bowled out Nyasha Chivore with his first delivery and took a return catch from Brian Majoka with his fifth.

Four wickets were down for 11 before there was a brief respite with Tinashe Nenhunzi (12) and Nigel Mupurura putting on 15 runs in three overs.

There was also a 16-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Mupurura and Tafadzwa Chiminya, whose two not out kept the other end up.

Innocent Kaia bowled Mupurura for 17 with the penultimate ball of the innings, which closed at 42 for seven wickets.

Masakadza had two wickets for six runs and Privilege Chesa two for five, with none of the bowlers suffering much punishment.

The senior Takashinga side did not make the best of jobs in chasing down their easy target.

Nenhunzi bowled out Takudzwanashe Kaitano with the second ball of the innings before a run had been scored, while Alvin Chiradza was run out for one.

Chibhabha, opening the batting, was in good form, playing a fine innings of 28 off 18 deliveries, with a six and three fours, before being caught off Tendai Nyamayaro.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe was caught without scoring, so five wickets were down for 41, with all but 13 having been scored by Chibhabha.

Kaia and Chesa, both two not out, then took Takashinga Patriots 1 home with 2.4 overs to spare.

Nyamayaro bowled one over to take two wickets for five runs, the most successful bowler.

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Gladiators – 94-5 in 10 overs (Wessly Madhevere 42, Tinashe Chimbambo 10, Masimba Marovatsanga 7; Dylan Hondo 3/16, Sikandar Raza 1/17, Johnathan Campbell 1/22)

Harare Kings – 95-4 in 7 overs (Sikandar Raza 67*, Simbarashe Haukozi 8, Johnathan Campbell 7; Masimba Marovatsanga 2/15, Tatenda Matimbe 1/18, Owen Muzondo 1/28)

 

Harare Kings won by six wickets

 

Any opposing team wanting to win a match against Harare Kings has to remove Sikandar Raza cheaply in order to do so.

Gladiators became the latest team to find this out the hard way, as Raza’s brilliant unbeaten 67 made a mockery of the target of 95 to win, and the match ended with three full overs in hand, and victory to Harare Kings by six wickets.

Winning the toss, Gladiators decided to bat, but they did not as a team make a very good job of it.

In fact, it would probably have been a disaster except for the fact that Wessly Madhevere at last found his form and, opening the batting, scored a superb innings of 42.

The opening partnership was worth 33 in just over three overs, with Ashley Mufandauya (7) providing quiet support before being bowled by Dylan Hondo.

Tinashe Chimbambo hit two fours in scoring 10 off five balls, but none of the later batters could reach double figures.

Madhevere’s 42 came out of 78, when he was the fourth man out, having hit a six and seven fours off only 21 balls – he was caught by Faraz Akram off Johnathan Campbell.

The remaining batters were quite unable to master the bowling and the innings faded away at 94 for five wickets.

Hondo was the most successful of the bowlers, taking three wickets for 16 runs, while Akram’s two overs went for only 12.

If Gladiators had had to rely on Madhevere for runs with so little support, how much more Harare Kings?

They had the shock of losing Cephas Zhuwao without scoring, caught off Masimba Marovatsanga with only a wide on the board.

Campbell was out for seven in the third over, which brought in Raza, and the game was never the same again.

Raza took charge with one of the most devastating of even his brilliant innings, tearing the bowling to shreds as he raced to 67 off only 20 balls, of which seven went for six and another four for fours.

He shared a partnership of 58 for the fourth wicket with Tarisai Musakanda, himself known for his hard hitting, but today contributed just six runs to that stand off seven balls.

Victory was completed in seven overs, with Raza still unbeaten.

Marovatsanga took two wickets for 15 and largely managed to avoid bowling to Raza.

 

Less fortunate was Malcom Chikuhwa, whose single over cost 26 runs.

 

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Lions – 84-4 in 10 overs (Blessed Muzite 28, Marshall Takodza 23*, Clive Madande 15; Prosper Mugeri 2/13, Tinashe Muchawaya 2/18)

Westside – 87-4 in 9.2 overs (Clive Chitumba 24, Definite Mawadzi 17*, Kevin Kasuza 15; Marshall Takodza 2/10, Tashinga Musekiwa 1/4)

 

Westside won by six wickets 

Marshall Takodza’s fine all-round form for Lions was not enough to bring them victory in the third match at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, as Westside moved smoothly to a six-wicket win after Clive Chitumba’s sparkling two gave them a good start.

Lions, put in to bat, lost the wicket of Bright Phiri in the first over for four.

There followed quite a good partnership between Blessed Muzite, who scored 28 off 20 balls, and Clive Madande, with 15 off 15 balls, that took the score to 48 for two in the seventh over.

The only reservation was that it was a little slow for this tournament, and put pressure on the later batters to score more quickly.

Only Takodza managed that, coming in in the eighth over and hitting 23 not out off 12 balls, with a six and two fours.

This took the total to 84 for four wickets after 10 overs, not a difficult target for a good batting side, but Westside have proved rather suspect at times.

The most successful bowlers were Tinashe Muchawaya with two wickets for 18 runs and Prosper Mugeri with two for 13.

This time, however, there was no problem, as Chitumba and Kevin Kasuza got them off to a fine start by putting on 40 for the first wicket within four overs before Kasuza was caught off Takodza, having scored 15 off 10 balls.

Chitumba was then run out for 24 off only 12 balls, having hit a six and three fours, and three wickets were down for 55 in the sixth over.

However, Donald Tiripano and Definite Mawadzi now took over with a stand of 25 for the fourth wicket, Tiripano almost taking his team home with 15 off 13 balls.

Mawadzi finished the job with a boundary to take his score to 17 and the Westside score to 87 for four wickets, with four balls to spare.

Takodza with two wickets for 10 runs in his two overs was much the best of the bowlers.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

4

4

0

0

0

8

3.850

Harare Kings

5

4

1

0

0

8

1.150

Takashinga Patriots 1

5

3

2

0

0

6

1.124

Lions

5

2

3

0

0

4

0.681

Westside

5

2

3

0

0

4

-0.258

Gladiators

4

1

3

0

0

2

-1.297

Bulawayo Athletic Club

3

1

2

0

0

2

-2.262

Takashinga Patriots 2

5

1

4

0

0

2

-3.343

 

Marumani wreaks havoc as Great Zimbabwe’s perfect run continues

Westside – 73-5 in 10 overs (Clive Chitumba 24, Kevin Kasuza 14, Donald Tiripano 10*; Tendai Nyamayaro 2/10, Daichi Nyandoro 2/12, Tinashe Nenhunzi 1/4)

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 76-3 in 9.1 overs (Cunningham Ncube 33*, Daichi Nyandoro 13, Brian Majoka 11*; Fortune Mhlanga 2/15, Frank Mazviita 1/19)

 

Takashinga Patriots 2 won by seven wickets

 

A fine innings of 33 not out by Cunningham Ncube after a fine all-round team bowling performance enabled Takashinga Patriots 2 to break their duck and record their first victory of the Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 tournament by beating Westside handsomely by seven wickets in the first match at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

Westside were put in to bat and, despite losing Tinashe Chiora without scoring, had a good foundation laid for their innings by Clive Chitumba, who scored 24 off 12 balls.

He had quite a good partnership with Kevin Kasuza, although the latter could score only 14 off 18 deliveries.

After Chitumba left the scoring rate dropped and when Kasuza was out at 53 for three in the eighth over the innings was very much in need of some dynamic scoring.

It never came, as three wickets fell in four balls, and although Donald Tiripano hit 10 not out off seven balls, Westside could manage a total of only 73 for five wickets.

Takashinga’s bowlers did a fine job: Daichi Nyandoro and Tendai Nyamayaro took two wickets each for 10 and 12 runs respectively.

Equal credit should go to Nigel Mupurura (two overs for only three runs) and Tinashe Nenhunzi (two overs for only four runs and the dismissal of Chitumba with a return catch).

Encouraged by this, Takashinga had no batting problems this time as they applied themselves to hunting down their target.

Tariro Mukauyo went early for two, bowled by Fortune Mhlanga, but Nyandoro scored 13, while Ncube, wisely sent in at number three in this match, played the stable, confident innings his team needed.

Mhlanga struck again to bowl out Nenhunzi for seven, but now Brian Majoka came in to score 11 not out and share the winning partnership with Ncube.

The pair brought off the long-awaited victory with five balls to spare, Ncube’s 33 coming off 25 balls with three fours.

Mhlanga with two wickets for 15 runs was the most successful of the Westside bowlers.

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Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 137-3 in 10 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 96, Richmond Mutumbami 23, Tony Munyonga 7; Manson Chikowero 2/14, Brad Evans 1/14)

Harare Kings – 96-6 in 10 overs (Saad Khan 27, Sikandar Raza 19, Brad Evans 19; Sydney Murombo 3/10, Luke Jongwe 2/18, Costa Zhou 1/16)

 

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 41 runs

 

An astonishing match-winning innings of 96 by Tadiwanashe Marumani lit up Harare Sports Club in the second T10 game for Great Zimbabwe against Harare Kings.

This match had been eagerly anticipated as a contest between the two top teams on the log, both with three wins out of three, but when Marumani got going it was soon virtually no contest at all, Great Zimbabwe winning by 41 runs.

Great Zimbabwe like to win the toss and bat first, and when they did so again Marumani cracked three fours and a two off the first four balls of the innings from Faraz Akram.

While Richmond Mutumbami played the supporting role, Marumani continued to hammer every bowler that came against him in a brilliant array of dazzling strokes.

He raced to his second fifty of the tournament off 23 balls – no other batter has yet reached that landmark – getting there with a six, and continued the onslaught with one bludgeoning stroke after another.

As the bowlers could do nothing more than watch their deliveries sail to or over the boundary, Marumani was on course to reach the almost unimaginable feat of scoring a century in a 10-over innings.

Unfortunately, when he reached 96 and wanting to reach three figures with yet another boundary, Brad Evans got a ball through his defences and bowled him out.

His amazing innings came to an end in the ninth over, after facing only 39 balls, seven of them having travelled for six and nine more for four.

The score then was 121 for one, with nine balls left.

These brought another 16 runs and the wickets of Mutumbami for 23 off 20 balls and Tony Munyonga for seven, both out in the final over from Manson Chikowero – his only over which cost 14 runs.

Evans was the only bowler to escape serious punishment, bowling his two overs for 14 runs and claiming Marumani’s wicket.

The unfortunate Akram and Alex Falao went for 35 and 36 runs respectively in their two overs.

With such great attacking batters as Cephas Zhuwao and Sikandar Raza to come, it was not quite impossible for Harare Kings to score the 138 for victory.

However, their hopes were in vain, as Zhuwao was bowled by Sydney Murombo for six and Raza caught off Costa Zhou for 19 off eight balls.

Saad Khan did best of the batters, scoring 27 off 15 balls, while Evans made 19 off 14 balls.

But they could do no better than a total of 96 for six wickets, yielding victory and the sole leadership of the table to Great Zimbabwe.

Murombo, who actually bowled a maiden over that included three wickets with the score at 15, conceded only 10 runs for them, while Luke Jongwe took two for 18.

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Takashinga Patriots 1 – 95-8 in 10 overs (Tanaka Chivanga 23*, Baxton Gopito 19, Joylord Gumbie 13; Trevor Gwandu 3/14, Marshall Takodza 2/12, Wallace Mubaiwa 1/11)

Lions – 79-9 in 10 overs (Marshall Takodza 21, Christopher Masike 16, Bright Phiri 11; Shingi Masakadza 3/14, Tapiwa Mufudza 3/21, Tanaka Chivanga 2/8)

 

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by 16 runs

An impressive all-round performance from Tanaka Chivanga of Takashinga Patriots 1 proved to be the difference between them and Lions in the day’s final match, giving the Highfield-based team their second victory by a margin of 16 runs.

Takashinga decided to bat on winning the toss, but the only batter from their top order to get going at all was Baxton Gopito, who scored 19 off 12 balls.

Trevor Gwandu struck two great blows in the third over when in three balls he removed Tinashe Kamunhukamwe for seven and Innocent Kaia without scoring.

With six wickets down for 42 in the sixth over, and then 59 for seven in the seventh, Takashinga were in real trouble.

They were only able to produce a presentable total thanks to unexpected help from Chivanga, who hit out furiously and scored 23 not out off 10 balls, with two sixes and a four.

This valuable innings boosted the total to 95 for eight wickets, and it proved to be the individual performance that turned the match.

Lions now had a competitive target to chase down.

Richard Ngarava did a good job for Takashinga by starting with a maiden over to Blessed Muzite, making Lions’ task a little more difficult, especially if they lost wickets.

And so it happened: Muzite used up nine balls before Chivanga trapped him lbw.

Bright Phiri (11 off 5 balls and caught off Chivanga) and Clive Madande (6) were soon out and five wickets were down for 35 in the sixth over.

Christopher Masike made a superb but brief effort to restore matters, hitting two sixes and a four off three balls before being caught – inevitably by Chivanga – off the fourth he faced for 16.

Marshall Takodza also batted very well, scoring 21 off 12 balls before he was caught off Shingi Masakadza for 21, but he could find no support from any of the later batters.

He was out at the start of the final over with the score now 76 for seven wickets, and the innings trailed off to a close at 79 for nine, leaving Takashinga winners by 16 runs.

Masakadza did well to finish with three wickets for 14 runs at the death, while Tapiwa Mufudza had three for 21.

But the most vital overs were bowled at the start, Ngarava bowling two overs for just one run and no wicket, while Chivanga took two for eight, and Lions were unable to recover.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

4

4

0

0

0

8

3.850

Harare Kings

4

3

1

0

0

6

0.585

Lions

4

2

2

0

0

4

1.119

Takashinga Patriots 1

4

2

2

0

0

4

0.805

Westside

4

1

3

0

0

2

-0.556

Gladiators

3

1

2

0

0

2

-0.667

Bulawayo Athletic Club

3

1

2

0

0

2

-2.262

Takashinga Patriots 2

4

1

3

0

0

2

-3.629

Marumani smashes T10 tourney’s first fifty, as Raza shines again

Westside – 81-8 in 10 overs (Clive Chitumba 22, Kudzai Sauramba 15, Kevin Kasuza 10; Johnathan Campbell 2/7, Manson Chikowero 2/11, Sikandar Raza 2/19)

Harare Kings – 85-4 in 8.4 overs (Sikandar Raza 33, Cephas Zhuwao 22, Johnathan Campbell 9*; Prosper Mugeri 1/4, Frank Mazviita 1/8, Donald Tiripano 1/16)

 

Harare Kings won by six wickets

Once again, the batting of Sikandar Raza was to the fore with a fine 33 as Harare Kings beat Westside by six wickets in the first Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10, powered by AVR PAY, match played at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Westside were put in to bat and made quite a good start, as Clive Chitumba and Kevin Kasuza put on 32 runs for the first wicket inside four overs.

Most of this was Chitumba’s effort, though, as he hit a six and three fours in scoring 22 of those before he was bowled by Tawanda Maposa.

After his dismissal Kasuza was out for 10, which took him 16 balls, and none of the middle-order batters were able to get a good innings going.

Donald Tiripano was bowled by Manson Chikowero for six off three balls, and after eight overs the score was 62 for six.

Kudzai Sauramba came in surprisingly low at number eight and gave the innings a boost by scoring 15 off seven balls, including a six and a four, before he was caught by Raza off Johnathan Campbell from the penultimate ball of the innings.

The final score was 81 for eight wickets, not one that was likely to disturb Harare Kings.

Chikowero, Raza and Campbell took two wickets each.

Cephas Zhuwao opened the Kings’ batting in good aggressive form, scoring 22 off 16 balls with a six and three fours before he was caught off Tiripano.

Once again Raza was the outstanding batter, though, coming in at number three and smashing 33 runs off 16 balls, with two sixes and four fours.

By the time he was caught off the bowling of Frank Mwazviita in the eighth over, the score was 79 for three and Kings were virtually home.

Simbarashe Haukozi hit the winning four to take the total to 85 for four wickets with eight balls to spare.

Mwazviita was the best bowler with Raza’s wicket for only eight runs off two overs, remarkably good figures for the T10 format.

Harare Kings became the first team to win all their first three matches of the tournament.

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Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 131-3 in 10 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 69, Tony Munyonga 31, Richmond Mutumbami 12; Trevor Gwandu 2/20, Tashinga Musekiwa 1/14)

Lions – 97-9 in 10 overs (Tashinga Musekiwa 23, Bright Phiri 18, Marshall Takodza 16*; Tony Munyonga 4/17, Luke Jongwe 2/5, Sydney Murombo 1/16)

 

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 34 runs

A brilliant innings of 69 off just 30 balls from Tadiwanashe Marumani – the first fifty of the tournament – paved the way for Great Zimbabwe Patriots’ convincing victory by 34 runs over Lions in the second T10 match at Harare Sports Club.

This was a particularly interesting match as both teams won their first two tournament matches, and Great Zimbabwe backed their batters in again deciding to bat on winning the toss.

Marumani opened with Richmond Mutumbami, and was in dazzling form from the start, hitting the bowling all over the field.

Mutumbami scored only 12 of their opening partnership of 79, when he had to retire hurt.

Marumani was out soon after that, having hit four sixes and 10 fours, and at his departure the score was 83 for one off only seven overs.

Tony Munyonga came in, though, and he was even more aggressive than Marumani, taking only nine balls to hit 31, two of them going for six and four for four.

After 10 overs the total was 131 for three wickets, a very challenging total for their opponents to face.

Trevor Gwandu took two wickets for 20 runs in his two overs, and Tashinga Musekiwa one for 14 and was the only bowler to go for below 10 an over.

Lions could hardly have made a worse start, as Blessed Muzite, unable to score off the first two deliveries, lofted the third for a catch, and Elton Chigumbura was caught at the wicket off the fourth.

The bowler was Luke Jongwe, and two wickets were down in four balls without a run on the board.

However, Lions showed themselves to be a team of spirit by making a good fight down the order, although their task now was virtually impossible.

Bright Phiri (10), Christopher Masike (14) and Musekiwa (23 off 10 balls) all made useful contributions, followed by Marshall Takodza, with 16 not out off 12.

Lions were able to recover enough to reach 97 for nine wickets, and so reduced the deficit to 34 runs.

Munyonga dismissed four middle-order batters in his two overs for 17 runs to be the most successful bowler, but Jongwe’s two overs included the double-wicket maiden over that opened the innings, and only five runs scored off him altogether.

Harare Kings and Great Zimbabwe therefore now head the tournament table with three victories each in three matches.

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Bulawayo Athletic Club – 54-9 in 10 overs (Tanatswa Bechani 16*, Nkosana Mpofu 15, Allan Chigoma 8; Shingi Masakadza 4/6, Tanaka Chivanga 2/7, Tapiwa Mufudza 1/4)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 58-1 in 6.1 overs (Baxon Gopito 32*, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 19, Innocent Kaia 7*; Brandon Mavuta 1/26)

 

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by nine wickets

A brilliant spell of bowling from Shingi Masakadza, who took four wickets in his two overs, broke the back of the Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) innings in the third and final T10 match of the day, leading to Takashinga Patriots 1’s first victory of the tournament by a decisive nine wickets.

They put BAC in to bat on winning the toss, and Tanaka Chivanga bowled the first over.

Masakadza came on to bowl opposite him, and with the last two deliveries of his first over he bowled out Nyasha Mayavo (1) and Thamsanqa Nunu first ball.

The only early BAC batter to reach double figures was Nkosana Mpofu, who scored 15 off 15 balls before he was bowled by Privilege Chesa with the score 26 for three in the fifth over.

Masakadza was brought back for the eighth over and immediately struck gold again, having Brandon Mavuta caught by Takudzwanashe Kaitano for three and then Tinotenda Maposa caught at the wicket by Joylord Gumbie without scoring.

BAC were now 42 for seven and there was no way back for them, although Tanatswa Bechani fought a lone battle to score 16 not out off 14 balls.

The innings ended with the run-out of Chris Mpofu for one and the score at 54 for nine wickets.

Masakadza had the superb figures of four wickets for six runs in his two overs, while Chivanga had two for seven.

There was another remarkable aspect to the bowling figures, as these two bowlers, plus Chesa and Tapiwa Mufudza, bowled eight overs altogether for only 23 runs, while the other two overs, bowled by Cuthbert Musoko, cost 27 runs.

Takashinga Patriots 1 were now easily in line to record their first victory of the tournament.

Their opening batters, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Baxon Gopito, were determined that there would be no slip-ups this time.

They built the Takashinga innings at a good pace and took the score to 41 in the sixth over before Kamunhukamwe was trapped lbw by Mavuta for 19, scored off 14 balls with four fours.

Gopito hammered Mavuta for six and four by the time his over was completed, and then Innocent Kaia hit Chris Mpofu for six to bring the match to a close.

Gopito was 32 not out off 21 balls, with a six and three fours, while Kaia had seven not out off two balls – the total was 58 for one off 6.1 overs.

The only bowler to take a wicket, Mavuta, also conceded 26 runs in his two overs as BAC were quite outclassed in this match.

 

The two leading teams, Great Zimbabwe Patriots and Harare Kings, are playing each other at 2.20pm on Monday.

 

ZIM CYBER-CITY DOMESTIC T10 POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

N/R

PT

NRR

Great Zimbabwe

3

3

0

0

0

6

3.767

Harare Kings

3

3

0

0

0

6

2.159

Lions

3

2

1

0

0

4

2.169

Takashinga Patriots 1

3

1

2

0

0

2

0.510

Westside

3

1

2

0

0

2

-0.390

Gladiators

3

1

2

0

0

2

-0.667

Bulawayo Athletic Club

3

1

2

0

0

2

-2.262

Takashinga Patriots 2

3

0

3

0

0

0

-5.291

No respite for Takashinga as Lions stroll to 10-wicket victory

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 45-7 in 10 overs (Tinashe Nenhunzi 11, Cunningham Ncube 6, Tendai Nyamayaro 5; Kudakwashe Macheka 3/14, Arnold Shara 2/9, Marshall Takodza 1/5)

Lions – 47-0 in 4.4 overs (Elton Chigumbura 27*, Blessed Muzite 14)

Lions won by 10 wickets

Three wickets from Kudakwashe Mucheka and 27 runs by Elton Chigumbura were the main features in Lions’ easy 10-wicket victory over Takashinga Patriots 2 in the first Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10 match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Takashinga decided to bat first in warm sunny weather, and were in trouble from the first ball, when Nyasha Chivore was bowled by Trevor Gwandu, followed by the bowling of Daniel Zvidzai (10) by Macheka’s first ball.

There was a brief respite as Tinashe Nenhunzi (11) and Knowledge Kaia (5) put on 16 for the third wicket, but then wickets fell again.

Cunningham Ncube was caught and bowled by Macheka for six, which took him 13 balls.

After 10 overs the side had scored only 45 runs for seven wickets, leaving Lions with an easy target.

Macheka was the star bowler, with three wickets for 14 runs in his two overs, while Arnold Shara took two for nine.

Chigumbura opened the Lions’ batting with Blessed Muzite, and they were under no great pressure to force the scoring with such a comparatively small task.

Chigumbura played himself in for a few balls, and then began to look for the boundary, although both batters skilfully worked the ball around the field for singles.

It took them only four overs and four balls to complete their victory without loss, Chigumbura finishing with 27 not out off 15 balls (five fours) and Muzite with 14 off 13.

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Westside – 68-5 in 10 overs (Kevin Kasuza 31, Kudzai Sauramba 14*, Donald Tiripano 11; Charlton Tshuma 2/13, Tanatswa Bechani 1/8, Chris Mpofu 1/9)

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 70-5 in 9.1 overs (Nyasha Mayavo 32, Nkosana Mpofu 27, Thamsanqa Nunu 5*; Frank Mazviita 4/1, Vincent Masekesa 1/15) 

Bulawayo Athletic Club won by five wickets

A remarkable four-wicket over from Frank Mwazviita of Westside could not prevent Bulawayo Athletic Club from crawling over the finishing line to defeat them by, in the end, five wickets.

Westside were put in to bat and never recovered from a bad start.

After four deliveries from Charlton Tshuma, they had two wickets down for two runs: Clive Chitumba was caught at the wicket by Nyasha Mayavo for one and Definate Mawadzi caught off the next ball.

Kevin Kasuza held firm and scored a good 31 off 21 balls, with a six and three fours, while Donald Tiripano scored 11 in his company, and Kudzai Sauramba 14 not out off 17, but he was unable to reach the scoring rate desired.

After 10 overs the score was a disappointing 68 for five wickets.

Tshuma took two wickets for 13 runs, while Tanatswa Bechani and Chris Mpofu each took one wicket in their two overs for only eight and nine runs respectively.

Again, the side batting second were not under great pressure to reach the target, and Nkosana Mpofu and Mayavo pushed the BAC score along steadily.

They looked likely to win a massive victory by 10 wickets, but on 64 Mpofu hit out at Vincent Masekesa and was caught for 27, scored off 25 balls with four fours.

In the next over, from Mwazviita, Mayavo followed his opening partner, bowled out for 32 off 25 balls, also with four fours.

Insanity then seemed to sweep through the BAC batters, as Mwazviita bowled out Allan Chigoma with the next ball.

 

Two balls later Brandon Mavuta was caught, and off the final delivery Bechani lbw, to make the score now 66 for five wickets.

Fortune Mhlanga bowled the next over, and Thamsanqa Nunu showed he had had enough of this nonsense by hitting his first ball for four to win the match.

Mwazviita had the remarkable bowling figures of one over for one run and four wickets, but in an ultimately losing cause.

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Great Zimbabwe Patriots – 108-3 in 10 overs (Costa Zhou 32, Richmond Mutumbami 29, Tony Munyonga 28*; Tatenda Matimbe 2/16, Malcom Chikuhwa 1/21)

Gladiators – 85-6 in 10 overs (Tinashe Chimbambo 23, Lennox Chando 19, Naison Mare 18; Daniel Jakiel 3/18, Luke Jongwe 2/11, George Matanga 1/11)

Great Zimbabwe Patriots won by 23 runs

Dashing innings from Richmond Mutumbami and Tony Munyonga in particular for Great Zimbabwe Patriots could not be matched by the Gladiators batters, whose poor early run rate let them down so badly that they could never make up for lost ground and went down by 23 runs in the end.

Despite the course of events in the first two matches, Great Zimbabwe chose to bat first on winning the toss.

Mutumbami and Tadiwanashe Marumani were quickly under way: Marumani cracked the first ball of the match, from Masimba Marovatsanga, for four, and in the second over Mutumbami hit Tatenda Matimbe for two successive sixes.

Mutumbami took most of the bowling, but lost Marumani for seven when he was bowled by Matimbe at 35 for one in the fourth over.

Mutumbami by now was already on 29, but he was caught for that score later in the over at 38.

Costa Zhou and Munyonga took over very capably and got the score moving along at a good pace.

Batting very well, they took the score past the hundred and were only separated in the last over, at 101, when Zhou was caught off Malcom Chikuhwa for 32 off 24 balls, with a six and three fours.

Munyonga promptly hit a six and took the score up to 108 before the innings closed, finishing with 28 not out off 14 balls, with two sixes and two fours.

Matimbe was the best of the bowlers, with two wickets for 16 off his two overs.

Wessly Madhevere lasted only four balls for six runs when Gladiators batted.

Lennox Chando and Naison Mare scored 42 for the second wicket until Chando was dismissed for 19 in the sixth over, with the required run rate moving steadily upwards.

Mare struggled to score quickly enough, but Tinashe Chimbambo hit out as best he could.

When 38 runs were needed off the last two overs, Gladiators were in trouble, even though they had eight wickets left.

Mare was then caught for 18 off 18 balls, a scoring rate much too slow in the circumstances, and with 34 still needed off the final over all reasonable hope had gone.

Daniel Jakiel bowled that over and had Chimbambo lbw for 23 off 16 balls – he had done his best for his team, but the task when he came in was too hard.

Masimba Marovatsanga came in and was able to hit a six before being bowled for nine from the final delivery.

Jakiel finished with figures of three for 18, while Luke Jongwe had two for 11.

Raza blasts Kings to victory, as Takashinga sides struggle again

Harare Kings – 118-5 in 10 overs (Sikandar Raza 44, Cephas Zhuwao 33, Tarisai Musakanda 16; Brandon Mavuta 2/14, Tanatswa Bechani 2/20, Chris Mpofu 1/17) 

Bulawayo Athletic Club – 82-8 in 10 overs (Nyasha Mayavo 19, Thamsanqa Nunu 18, Tanatswa Bechani 8; Johnathan Campbell 4/12Sikandar Raza 1/13, Alex Falao 1/15)

Harare Kings won by 36 runs

Another devastating innings from Sikandar Raza was the highlight of the first match of the second day of the Zim Cyber-City Domestic T10, powered by AVR PAY, as he hammered 44 runs off only 15 deliveries at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

Kings have a very aggressive batting line-up, starting with their opening pair of Cephas Zhuwao and Tarisai Musakanda.

They made a good start by hitting up 46 together in the first five overs before Musakanda was caught for 16, scored off 12 balls.

Zhuwao was out seven balls later for 33 off 22 balls at 60 for two.

It is not often that Zhuwao is overshadowed by anybody when he is at the crease, but this happened when Raza came in at number three and hit brilliantly at almost twice the speed of his partner.

Raza scored at an average rate of almost three runs a ball, with five sixes and two fours.

He was bowled by Chris Mpofu in the final over at 112 for five wickets, and the eventual total was 118 for five.

Tanatswa Bechani took two wickets for 20 in two overs, while Brandon Mavuta’s single over brought two wickets – Zhuwao and Johnathan Campbell – and cost 14 runs.

Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) had a hard task ahead of them, and quickly lost Nkosana Mpofu (2) and Allan Chigoma (1) in the first seven balls.

The only good stand they could produce was that for the third wicket, 43 in three overs between Nyasha Mayavo (19 off 8 balls) and Thamsanqa Nunu (18 off 13).

If this pair could have stayed together, BAC could have mounted a good challenge, but after them no other batter could get going and wickets fell steadily, with Campbell picking up three good ones.

The innings finished with eight wickets down for 82, Campbell having taken his three wickets for 12 runs in his two overs.

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Gladiators – 101-4 in 10 overs (Lennox Tinoda 29, Tinashe Chimbambo 27, Naison Mare 19; Daichi Nyandoro 1/11, Honest Ziwira 1/17, Trevor Mutsamba 1/21)

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 58-6 in 10 overs (Daniel Zvidzai 10, Brian Majoka 10*, Knowledge Kaia 10; Malcom Chikuhwa 3/15, Masimba Marovatsanga 1/3, Tatenda Matimbe 1/8)  

Gladiators won by 43 runs

Malcom Chikuhwa turned in a good bowling performance to take three wickets for 15 runs in his two overs for Gladiators to ensure that Takashinga Patriots 2 had no chance of chasing down their target of 102 in the second match today.

Gladiators, put in to bat, did quite well although they had no major batters apart from Wessly Madhevere, who was bowled by Trevor Mutsamba for 10 in the third over.

His partner Lennox Tinoda Chando survived to make 29 off 24 balls, while the fastest scoring came from Tinashe Chimbambo, who scored 27 off only 13 balls.

Gladiators reached 100 off the last ball of their innings, with four wickets down.

Four bowlers took a wicket each in two overs, the most economical being Daichi Nyandoro, who conceded only 11 runs.

Takashinga were never in the hunt after losing a wicket to the second ball of their innings.

Daniel Zvidzai, who opened the batting, scored 10 runs off five balls, including two fours.

Knowledge Kaia and Brian Majoka also scored 10, but wickets fell steadily and their final total was only 58 for six wickets.

Chikuhwa, the fourth bowler used, took his three wickets in the middle order, including that of Cunningham Ncube for eight.

The margin of defeat was 43 runs.

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Takashinga Patriots 1 – 100-6 in 10 overs (Shingi Masakadza 18, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 17, Innocent Kaia 16; Donald Tiripano 2/11, Clive Chitumba 1/11, Frank Mazviita 1/18)

Westside – 101-4 in 8.3 overs (Definite Mawadzi 24*, Tinashe Muchawaya 22*, Kudzai Sauramba 19; Shingi Masakadza 2/23, Tapiwa Mufudza 1/25)

Westside won by six wickets

A brief but powerful innings of 22 not out off seven balls by Tinashe Muchawaya wrapped up a comfortable six-wicket victory for Westside over Takashinga Patriots 1 with nine balls to spare in the third match played at Harare Sports Club today.

Takashinga batted first, and although six men reached double figures, nobody reached 20 or was able to play the major innings that would have given them a really challenging score.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe briefly set a hot pace as he raced to 17 off eight balls, only to be run out.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano was lbw to Donald Tiripano first ball, and then Innocent Kaia went for 16.

It was good to see Hamilton Masakadza playing again, and he scored 14 off 11 balls, including a six, before Tiripano caught him off the bowling of Clive Chitumba.

His brother Shingi made the top score of 18, sharing a useful partnership of 25 with Joylord Gumbie (12), but Takashinga were probably a little disappointed that their total only just reached 100.

Tiripano was the most successful and economical bowler with two wickets for 11 runs off his two overs.

Westside made a good start to their run chase, with Chitumba and Kevin Kasuza scoring 15 apiece in an opening partnership of 34 in less than three overs.

Tiripano unfortunately failed to score, but there came another useful partnership of 36 for the fourth wicket between Definite Mawadzi (24 not out off 13 balls) and Kudzai Sauramba (19 off 9 balls) that kept Westside above the run rate.

Muchawaya finally finished off the match with his flurry of five boundaries and his team was comfortably home with six wickets in hand.

Two of the three wickets to fall to bowlers went to Shingi Masakadza for 23 runs.