Maruma, Kamunhukamwe hit fifties as Takashinga defeat Rainbow

Rainbow – 181 all out in 44.2 overs (Tino Chiwara 30, Daniel Jakiel 29*, Lavert Masunda 27; Tapiwa Mufudza 3/19, Wellington Masakadza 3/19, Blessing Muzarabani 1/26)

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 186-6 in 26.2 overs (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 67, Timycen Maruma 53,  Wellington Masakadza 19*; Mathew Campbell 3/49, Patrick Nyamapfeni 2/42, Ahsan Aqil Ali 1/34)

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by four wickets

A brilliant opening partnership of 88 between Timycen Maruma and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who both scored fifties, set Takashinga Patriots 1 well on the way to what was eventually a four-wicket victory over Rainbow in a National Premier League match at Takashinga Cricket Club on Friday.

Rainbow, put in to bat, made a useful start, with an opening stand of 51, but they lacked a batter to stay in and make a big score.

The first batter, Tino Chiwara, was the top scorer with 30, and three others made 20s.

The spinners Tapiwa Mufudza and Wellington Masakadza tied most of the batters in knots and they finished with the identical bowling figures of three wickets for 19 runs off nine overs in a total of 181.

Then Maruma and Kamunhukamwe slaughtered the Rainbow bowlers by making 88 in only 7.4 overs before Maruma was caught for 53, scored off only 27 balls with five sixes and four fours.

Kamunhukamwe was out at 128, having scored 67 off 37 balls, with four sixes and nine fours.

Rainbow now fought back, taking four more wickets to make the score 165 for six.

But Takashinga were not to be denied, and Wellington Masakadza (19 not out) and Blessing Muzarabani (16 not out with two sixes) took them home to victory, the final score being 186 for six in 26.2 overs.

Uprising edge Kadoma, Takashinga beat Scorpions in NPL action

Uprising – 192 all out in 30.1 overs (Tariro Mukauyo 42, Craig Ervine 42, Ryan Kamwemba 39; Victor Chirwa 5/34, Nickel Kombora 3/27, Davis Murwendo 1/21)

Kadoma – 180 all out in 35 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 79, Nyasha Mayavo 23, Bright Matsiwe 21; Alex Falao 3/53, Ryan Burl 2/27, Dylan Hondo 2/43)

Uprising won by 12 runs

Takudzwanashe Kaitano scored 79, Victor Chirwa took five wickets, but in spite of these excellent individual performances, Kadoma Sports Club were beaten by Uprising in a close finish by 12 runs in their National Premier League match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Thursday.

Uprising, put in to bat, were given a good start by Craig Ervine and Tariro Mukauyo, who both scored 42 and put on 72 for the first wicket before the more aggressive Makauyo was out.

Ryan Kamwemba kept up the good work with 39, while Aisha Chibanda made 25, and at 164 for four wickets in 23 overs Uprising seemed assured of a match-winning total.

Then Chirwa turned in his magical spell of bowling, five wickets for 34 in nine overs, that swept away the tail, and Uprising were bundled out for 192 in the 31st over.

Kadoma lost three wickets for 47, but Kaitano and Nyasha Mayavo (23) took the score to 98 before the fourth wicket fell.

But the later batter failed to provide Kaitano with the support he needed, and when he was ninth man out Kadoma’s hopes went with him and they were dismissed for 180.


Scorpions – 201-9 in 45 overs (Jayden Schadendorf 72, Blessed Muzite 37, Nezbert Maringire 24*; Prince Masvaure 3/25, Daich Nyandoro 2/37, Ryan Simbi 2/39)

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 152-4 in 24.4 overs (Baxon Gopito 38, Alvin Chiradza 35*, Prince Masvaure 35*; Nkosilathi Nungu 2/21, Blessed Muzite 1/27) 

Takashinga Patriots 2 won by six wickets (Duckworth-Lewis method)

At Masvingo Sports Club it was again a member of the losing side who turned in the most notable individual performance, as Jayden Schadendorf scored 72 for Scorpions, although Takashinga Patriots 2 won by six wickets on Duckworth-Lewis.

Scorpions, who chose to bat, looked well placed when Schadendorf and Blessed Muzite were together and took the score to 94 before the second wicket fell in the 19th over.

However, their middle order was less certain and they eventually totalled 201 for nine wickets, with Prince Masvaure being the most effective bowler with three for 25.

Takashinga made 14 without loss before rain stopped play in the second over of their reply, with Baxon Gopito on nine and Aliakbar Hamid on four.

When action eventually resumed, the innings had been reduced to a total of 27 overs and the target was now 151 runs.

Gopito went on to make 38, but the match-winning partnership was an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 75 between Alvin Chiradza and Masvaure, both with 35 not out, as Takashinga sealed victory on Duckworth-Lewis.

Mutare, Westside, Gladiators, BAC secure NPL victories

Golden Bulls – 100 all out in 22.2 overs (Elvin Nxumalo 29, Sydney Murombo 16*, Kelvin Mabvute 14; Kudakwashe Ncumani 5/40, John Masara 3/13, Silent Mujaji 2/28)

Mutare Sports Club – 101-1 in 15 overs (Clive Chitumba 57*, Nigel Bonyongwe 16, Kudzai Sauramba 11*; Munashe Maworere 1/13)

Mutare Sports Club won by nine wickets

A dashing innings of 57 off 48 balls from Mutare Sports Club captain Clive Chitumba led his team to a rapid nine-wicket victory over Golden Bulls in their National Premier League match at Masvingo Sports Club on Wednesday.

Bulls, put in to bat, were never able to master a bowling attack headed by Kudakwashe Ncumani, who in nine overs took five wickets for 40 runs.

They were 71 for nine wickets at one stage, but the last man, Sydney Murombo, with 16 not out, joined the top scorer, Elvin Nxumalo, who made 29, and they managed to boost the total to exactly 100 in 22.2 overs.

But this presented no problem to Chitumba, as it took only 15 overs for Mutare to win the match with 101 for one wicket.


Mbizo – 99 all out in 33.4 overs (Jabulisa Tshuma 25, Mthulisi Tshuma 16, Abel Chirimuuta 14*; Mashford Shungu 3/1, Frank Mazviita 2/20, Definate Mawadzi 1/8)

Westside – 104-5 in 13 overs (Definate Mawadzi 34, Tinashe Chiorah 27, Kevin Kasuza 15*; Abel Chirimuuta 3/5, Tafara Chingwara 2/33)

Westside won by five wickets

Mashford Shungu produced a remarkable opening spell of bowling for Westside against Mbizo at Old Hararians Sports Club, which laid the path for a simple five-wicket victory.

Shungu in four overs took three wickets for just one run to have Mbizo, sent in to bat, reeling at four runs for four wickets after seven overs.

Eight wickets were down for 45 runs before a rally by Jabulisa Tshuma (25) and Abel Chirimuta (14 not out) enabled Mbizo eventually to reach 99 all out.

Westside were helped on their victory path by 27 from Tinashe Chiorah and 34 from Definate Mawadzi, before Kevin Kasuza (15 not out) hit a six to bring Westside victory.


Gladiators – 179-8 in 37 overs (Lennox Chando 65, Owen Muzondo 61, Naison Mare 11; Keith Ndlovu 3/17, Thabo Mboyi 3/34, Ernest Masuku 2/18)

Amakhosi – 139 all out in 31.3 overs (Raymond Kasimo 34, Thabo Mboyi 25*, Ernest Masuku 16; Phrase Mukabeta 3/20, Munashe Zata 3/21, Owen Muzondo 3/35)

Gladiators won by 40 runs

Fifties from Lennox Chando and Owen Muzondo gave Gladiators, put in to bat, a score too great for Amakhosi to chase down at Kwekwe Sports Club.

Chando, opening the innings, dominated the scoring from the start in making his 65 off 72 balls, but it was not until he had lost three partners that Muzondo came in to give him better support in a fourth-wicket partnership of 58.

Muzondo made 61 off 66 balls, but no other batter scored more than 11, so it was virtually a two-man show.

There were three wickets each for Thabo Mboyi and Keith Ndlovu.

Phrase Mukabeta then produced a fine opening spell to take the first three Amakhosi wickets with only 25 runs on the board.

Although Raymond Kasimo scored 34 and Mboyi 25 not out, Amakhosi never looked like catching their opponents.

Mukabeta took three wickets for 20, Munashe Zata three for 21 and Muzondo showed his all-round skills with three for 35.


Bulawayo Athletic Club – 214-6 in 45 overs (Brandon James 90*, Tafara Mupariwa 31, Flemming Nkomo 23*; Petros Sithole 3/34, Isheunopa Musekwa 2/35, Chris Mpofu 1/50)

Queens Sports Club – 197 all out in 42.1 overs (Tanatswa Bechani 57, Chris Mpofu 52, Dalubuhle Mboyi 18; Brandon James 3/27, Ruvimbo Mumbire 3/34, Taboka Manyalo 3/43)

Bulawayo Athletic Club won by 17 runs

The best match of the day was the local Bulawayo derby at Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC), where a fine innings of 90 by Brandon James set Queens Sports Club just too many runs to win, as they went down gallantly by 17 runs.

Tafara Mupariwa scored 31, but BAC did not begin too impressively as they lost wickets steadily and had five down for 95.

Then James came to the fore and, with help from Vitalis Buwu and Flemming Nkomo, began to dominate the bowling so as to finish with 90 not out off 90 balls, including a six and 11 fours.

After 45 overs the innings ended at 214 for six, the best bowler being Petros Sithole with three for 34.

Queens began their reply poorly and their first three men were out for 46 before a superb partnership looked capable of changing the match.

Chris Mpofu, better known for his bowling, was joined by the captain, Tanatswa Bechani, and the two added 102 for the fourth wicket in 22 overs before Mpofu went for 52 off 99 balls, with only two fours – a remarkably restrained innings for him.

Bechani tried to lead his team to victory, but was out for 57 off 72 balls, and the later batters were not up to the task, giving a final score of 197 all out.

There were three wickets each for Ruvimbo Mumbire, James and Taboka Manyalo.

Masakadza rolls back the hands of time in Takashinga derby

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 230-9 in 45 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 120, Timycen Maruma 35, Tanaka Chivanga 12; Faraz Akram 2/38, Cuthbert Musoko 2/38, Prince Masvaure 2/56)

Takashinga Patriots 2 – 142-2 in 28 overs (Aliakbar Hamid 58*, Prince Masvaure 44*, Baxon Gopito 19; Tanaka Chivanga 2/32)

Takashinga Patriots 2 won by 28 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method)

Hamilton Masakadza showed that his retirement probably came far too soon for Zimbabwe cricket lovers when he returned to action for Takashinga Patriots 1 to score a brilliant 120 in a National Premier League (NPL) derby against Takashinga Patriots 2, an alternate rather than a second team for a club which is so strong that it can afford to split its strength.

Despite the genius of the former national captain, though, the rest of his side, except for Timycen Maruma with 35, failed with the bat and lost the match played at their home ground in Highfield on Sunday.

Masakadza’s 120 came off only 100 balls and he hit eight sixes and seven fours, his team’s innings ending at 230 for nine wickets.

Takashinga Patriots 2 made a strong reply, though, with Aliakbar Hamid opening the innings and scoring 58 not out off 84 balls and Prince Masvaure 44 not out off 67, their unbroken third-wicket partnership adding 105 runs.

The score was 142 for two off 28 overs when bad light stopped play, and on Duckworth-Lewis Takashinga Patriots 2 were declared winners by 28 runs.


Bulawayo Athletic Club – 102 all out in 28.2 overs (Kudakwashe Kaitano 18, Vitalis Buwu 18, Palvin Ndlovu 12; Dylan Hondo 2/1, George Matanga 2/16, Luke Jongwe 2/17)

Uprising – 103-3 in 13 overs (Aisha Chibanda 42*, Tafadzwa Mahachi 21, Gilford Muzeya 15*; Jeffrey Mhuriyengwe 1/19, Brandon James 1/31, Isaiah Musarirevhu 1/34)

Uprising won by seven wickets

There was a quick finish to this NPL match at Kwekwe Sports Club, where Aisha Chibanda scored 42 not out to lead Uprising to a seven-wicket victory over Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC).

BAC, put in to bat, never shaped well against the mixed bowling attack of Uprising, five bowlers taking two wickets each in a total of 102.

The top scorers were Kuda Kaitano and Vitalis Buwu, who both made 18.

It took Uprising only 13 overs to knock off the runs for the loss of three wickets, with Chibanda taking only 19 balls to score his 42 runs, with four sixes and four fours.


Scorpions – 195 all out in 39.4 overs (Nezbert Maringire 55, Blessed Muzite 30, Tariri Kapungu 13; Albert Ndlovu 2/18, Misheck Gwizi 2/30, Elvin Nxumalo 2/34)

Golden Bulls – 107 all out in 25.2 overs (Tendai Tapera 46, Misheck Gwizi 26, Munashe Maworere 9; Blessed Muzite 4/9, Nkosilathi Nungu 3/12, Tariro Kapungu 2/27)

Scorpions won by 88 runs

Some fine bowling by Blessed Muzite, who took four wickets for only nine runs, and Nkosilathi Nungu, with three for 12, helped Scorpions to an 88-run victory over Golden Bulls in their NPL fixture at Masvingo Sports Club on Sunday.

Muzite, captain and opening batter, also began the match well by scoring 30, holding the Scorpions top order together as they struggled to 96 for six after being put in to bat.

The top score was made by Nezbert Maringire who came in at number eight and hit 55, enabling his team to reach a final total of 195.

With Nungu and Muzite bowling well, Bulls were virtually out of the match when they had five wickets down for 31.

Tendai Tapera (46) and Misheck Gwizi (26) fought hard with a sixth-wicket partnership of 58, but the final total was only 107.


Mutare Sports Club – 216 all out in 43.5 overs (Donald Tiripano 65, John Masara 43, Kudzai Sauramba 35; Victor Chirwa 3/28, Davis Murwendo 3/37, Brandon Mavuta 3/52)

Kadoma Cricket Club – 217-4 in 34.1 overs (Bright Matsiwe 68, Brandon Mavuta 60, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 50*; John Masara 3/37, Michael Maposa 1/32)

Kadoma Cricket Club won by six wickets

Bright Matsiwe, Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Brandon Mavuta all scored good fifties to give Kadoma Cricket Club a wonderful start to their first season in the NPL, as they beat Mutare Sports Club by six wickets at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday.

Kaitano as captain put Mutare in to bat, and Davis Murwendo removed their opening pair for six runs on the board.

Donald Tiripano with a sound 65 and John Masara with 43 led a recovery that took the final score to 216, with three wickets each for Murwendo, Victor Chirwa and Mavuta.

When Kadoma went in, Matsiwe opened the innings with some powerful hitting, scoring 68 off 46 balls with three sixes and eight fours.

Kaitano followed up with a cool 50 not out off 65 balls, but he was outshone in a third-wicket partnership of 107 by Mavuta, whose 60 came off only 42 balls.

It took Kadoma only 34.1 overs to complete their well-deserved victory.


Queens Sports Club – 191-8 in 37 overs (Tanaka Zvaita 50, Tanatswa Bechani 40*, Ian Fuzane 31; Ronald Masocha 4/47,  Hammad Ul Hassan Aqil 2/18, Jabulisa Tshuma 1/30)

Mbizo – 122 all out in 32.2 overs (Panashe Mugari 23, Manson Chikowero 20*, Walter Matawu 13; Tanatswa Bechani 3/14, Tendai Tapera 2/25, Petros Sithole 2/30)

Queens Sports Club won by 69 runs

Tanaka Zvaita gave Queens Sports Club a flying start in their home match with a brilliant half-century against Mbizo Cricket Club, which led the way for a comfortable 69-run victory.

Zvaita scored his runs off only 56 balls, with help for the second wicket from Ian Fuzane with 31, and then the captain Tanatswa Bechani scored 40 not out.

The tail went out quickly, though, due mainly to Ronald Masocha, who took four wickets for 47, the total being 191 for eight wickets.

Mbizo made a slow start and were never able to make up for it as wickets kept falling.

Panashe Mugari made the top score of 23, although, after being 93 for nine, the last man Manson Chikowero slogged 20 not out off only nine balls.

Bechani was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 14.

Gladiators get NPL title defence off to flying start

Gladiators – 289-9 in 45 overs (Tony Munyonga 102, Wessly Madhevere 85, Milton Shumba 29; Mathew Campbell 4/39, Patrick Nyamapfeni 2/46, Robert Chiminya 1/35)

Rainbow – 122-9 in 29.3 overs (Lavert Masunda 40, Ronald Moyo 29, Tino Chiwara 16; Milton Shumba 4/13, Malcom Chikuhwa 3/12, Wessly Madhevere 1/24)

Gladiators won by 167 runs

Gladiators got their National Premier League (NPL) title defence off to a flying start, thanks to a brilliant second-wicket partnership of 123 between Wessly Madhevere and Tony Munyonga as they overpowered Rainbow by 167 runs at Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday.

Their stand helped bring about a huge total of 289 for nine wickets in 45 overs, with Madhevere opening the batting and scoring 85 off 76 balls with three sixes and eight fours.

Munyonga came in first wicket down to reach 102 off 104 balls, with five sixes and eight fours, the total being 235 for three wickets when he was out.

Mathew Campbell was the best of the bowlers, with four wickets for 39 runs.

Rainbow had little hope in the face of such a total and finished at 122 for nine, their top scorer being Lavert Masunda with 40.

There were three wickets for Malcom Chikuhwa and four for 13 for Milton Shumba as Gladiators completed a big victory by 167 runs.


Amakhosi – 98 all out in 23.3 overs (Ernest Masuku 27, Raymond Kasimo 27, Tinotenda Maposa 17; Fortune Mhlanga 3/13, Anesu Kamuriwo 2/12, Frank Mazviita 2/16)

Westside – 101-4 in 22 overs (Takudzwa Nyamugure 38, Definate Mawadzi 16, Tinashe Chiorah 13; Raymond Kasimo 2/16, Ernest Masuku 1/13, Cedric Dube 1/18)

Westside won by six wickets 

A fine spell of bowling from Fortune Mhlanga for Westside put the skids under the Amakhosi innings in their NPL match at Masvingo Sports Club on Saturday, and they never recovered, losing by six wickets.

Put in to bat, they were all out for 98, with only two innings of 27 by Raymond Kasimo and the captain Ernest Masuku defying the bowlers for long.

Mhlanga took two early wickets as the first four went down for 25, and he finished with figures of three wickets for 13 runs.

Takudzwa Nyamugure opened the batting for Westside, and scored a solid 38 to put his team well on the way to victory.

In 22 overs, Westside scored 101 for four wickets to gain the victory.

NPL gets underway with 14 teams vying for coveted silverware

The third edition of the National Premier League (NPL) is set to get underway this weekend, with 14 teams vying for honours in Zimbabwe’s top-flight club competition.

Defending champions Gladiators will begin the defence of their title on Saturday when they take on Rainbow at Old Hararians Sports Club, while last season’s runners-up Westside will face Amakhosi at Masvingo Sports Club.

Five matches are scheduled for Sunday, with Queens Sports Club at home to Mbizo Cricket Club, Uprising taking on Bulawayo Athletic Club at Kwekwe Sports Club, Mutare Sports Club entertaining Kadoma Cricket Club at Old Hararians and Scorpions hosting Golden Bulls at Masvingo Sports Club.

The Takashinga derby between Patriots 1 and Patriots 2 at their home ground in Highfield will complete the matchday-one action.

The next round of matches is scheduled for 9 and 10 August at venues across the country.

This time round the NPL is a grand affair featuring 14 teams following a decision by Zimbabwe Cricket to add four more sides in order to open up the top-flight club cricket competition to men’s teams from all the 10 provinces in the country.

The expansion saw nine teams qualify directly on sporting merit through their top provincial club championships, while the other five spots were filled up via playoffs.

Harare Metropolitan had Gladiators, Uprising, Takashinga Patriots 1 and Rainbow securing their places in the NPL directly, while Bulawayo Metropolitan’s guaranteed berths were taken up by Amakhosi and Queens Sports Club.

Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands each had one spot, with Westside, Scorpions and Mbizo earning direct qualification from those provinces respectively.

Takashinga Patriots 2 (Harare Metropolitan), Mutare Sports Club (Manicaland), Bulawayo Athletic Club (Bulawayo Metropolitan), Golden Bulls (Matabeleland South) and Kadoma Cricket Club (Mashonaland West) made it via the playoffs.







5 August 2023

Gladiators v Rainbow

Old Hararians

Westside v Amakhosi

Masvingo Sports Club


6 August 2023

Queens v Mbizo

Queens Sports Club

Uprising v BAC

Kwekwe Sports Club

Mutare v Kadoma

Old Hararians

Scorpions v Golden Bulls

Masvingo Sports Club

Takashinga 1 v Takashinga 2

Takashinga Cricket Club

NPL expanded to 14 teams, playoff fixtures announced

The 2023/24 edition of the National Premier League (NPL) will be a grand affair featuring 14 teams following a decision by Zimbabwe Cricket to add four more participants in order to open up the top-flight club cricket competition to men’s teams from all the 10 provinces in the country.


The new qualification pathway will see nine teams qualify directly on sporting merit through their top provincial club championships, while the other five spots will be filled up through playoffs.


Harare Metropolitan will have four teams securing their places directly in the NPL, followed by Bulawayo Metropolitan with two guaranteed berths.


Manicaland, Masvingo and Midlands will each have one spot through direct qualification.


The best teams from Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South will have to go through NPL playoffs against clubs from the top provinces.


In the first playoff match played at Kadoma Sports Club on Sunday, Kadoma Sports Club beat Kwekwe Sports Club by 220 runs to book their place in the main tournament.


Four other playoff matches are scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 May at venues across the country.







Mutare Sports Club


Masters Cricket Club

(Mashonaland East)

Mutare Sports Club

27 May 2023

Bulawayo Athletic Club

(Bulawayo Metropolitan)

Mosi Titans

(Matabeleland North)


28 May 2023

Lowveld Warthogs


Golden Bulls

(Matabeleland South)

Masvingo Sports Club

27 May 2023

Takashinga 2

(Harare Metropolitan)


(Mashonaland Central)

Bindura Sports Club

28 May 2023

Kwekwe Cricket Club


Kadoma Cricket Club

(Mashonaland West)

Kadoma Cricket Club

21 May 2023

ZC announces new franchise-based T10 league

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced the introduction of a new franchise-based T10 league scheduled to start in March next year.

It will be known as the Zim Afro T10 league.

Established in association with Mulk International – the company which founded the Abu Dhabi T10 – the first edition of Zimbabwe’s latest tournament will involve six privately owned teams.

“We are pleased to announce the introduction of Zimbabwe’s own franchise-based T10 league, a powerful format that we believe is exactly what our changing, fast-paced world needs right now,” ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani said.

“As we embark on this hugely exciting journey – in partnership with Mr Shaji Ul Mulk and his company – we are looking to transform our game and create a massive global fan base by providing one of the best platforms in the sport for the world’s top players to showcase their talents.”

The Zim Afro T10 league is expected to attract top players from around the world, with the inaugural edition scheduled to get underway on 29 March 2023.

The participating franchises, player auction dates, fixtures and other details will be announced in due course.

“This is an exciting addition to our cricket calendar and the potential of the Zim Afro T10 league to advance the reach, attractiveness and growth of the sport cannot be overemphasised,” ZC Managing Director Givemore Makoni said.

“We have already covered a lot of ground to ensure that, come March 2023, everything will be in place for the launch of a tournament that will provide great entertainment for the fans, top-level competition for the players and vast exposure for the investors.” n

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.


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.


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.











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