Glamorgan, Durham win again to complete T20 dominance
Southerns – 129-9 in 20 overs (Roy Kaia 30*, Innocent Kaia 25, Brian Bennett 20; Jamie McIlroy 2/5, Dan Douthwaite 2/24, Eddie Byrom 1/10)
Glamorgan – 130-2 in 12 overs (Chris Cooke 62*, Eddie Byrom 27, David Lloyd 23*; Roy Kaia 1/21, Ernest Masuku 1/27)
Glamorgan won by eight overs
A brilliant innings of 62 not out by wicket-keeper Chris Cooke swept Glamorgan to an eight-wicket victory over Southerns in their T20 match at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Southerns decided to bat on winning the toss, but suffered an early shock when their prize hitter, Cephas Zhuwao, was caught off Jamie McIlroy in the first over without a run on the board.
Clive Madande soon followed for four, but Innocent Kaia with 25 and Brian Bennett with 20 put up a useful partnership for the third wicket, taking the score to 56.
The rest of the batters pushed the score along at quite a good pace, but wickets kept falling and they were in need of a dominating innings to give them a winning score.
Roy Kaia held the later part of the innings together with 30 not out off 36 balls, while Tashinga Musekiwa hit two sixes in scoring 17 off 10 balls, as the innings closed at 129 for nine after 20 overs.
McIlroy had the impressive bowling figures of two wickets for five runs in three overs.
Glamorgan lost Thomas Bevan for 10 to Ernest Masuku in the second over, but then came a dynamic partnership of 91 for the second wicket in only eight overs between Eddie Byrom and Cooke.
Byrom scored freely to make 27 off 21 balls, but he was quite overshadowed by Cooke, whose 62 not out came off only 33 balls, and contained three sixes and eight fours.
After Byrom was out at 102, the captain David Lloyd came in and hit 23 not out off only 10 balls to complete a comprehensive victory for Glamorgan.
All the main bowlers went at 10 or more runs per over except for Roy Kaia, who took the wicket of Byrom for 21 runs in three overs.
Northerns – 127-8 in 20 overs (Tanu Makoni 24, Wessly Madhevere 22, Nyasha Mayavo 20; Scott Borthwick 5/16, Liam Trevaskis 1/14, Paul Coughlin 1/21)
Durham – 131-6 in 13.2 overs (Scott Borthwick 27, Liam Trevaskis 23*, Matthew Potts 17*; Carl Mumba 2/12, Victor Nyauchi 2/27, Wessly Madhevere 1/32)
Durham won by four wickets
A remarkable five-wicket bowling performance by Scott Borthwick broke the back of the Northerns innings and played the major part in Durham’s four-wicket victory in their T20 meeting at Harare Sports Club on Friday.
Northerns batted first on winning the toss, losing the wicket of Nkosana Mpofu to Liam Trevaskis in the second over.
Wessly Madhevere scored 22 off 18 balls, and Northerns were looking well set when after 11 overs their score was 72 for two wickets.
Then, however, Borthwick struck, having Tadiwanashe Marumani caught for 15 and three balls later bowling out Tanu Makoni for 24.
His next over saw two more wickets, Tony Munyonga stumped for one and Carl Mumba caught for two, and Northerns suddenly found themselves reduced to six wickets down for 79.
Nyasha Mayavo hit well to recover the position, with help from Faraz Akram (7), and they did well to add 28 in three overs.
At 107 Borthwick struck again with his fifth wicket in having Mayavo caught for 22 off 19 balls, and it was left to Ainsley Ndlovu and Victor Nyauchi to score seven and 12 respectively, both unbeaten, to reach a final score of 127 for eight.
Durham had only a moderate target to chase and they were after a quick victory, but some good bowling from the Northerns team cost them seven wickets before they got home.
Openers Michael Jones (16) and Graham Clark (13) hit 32 runs off the first two overs, but Nyauchi bowled them both out in his first over.
All their batters scored at better than a run a ball, but the highest innings – and best of the match – came from Borthwick himself, who scored 27 off 16 balls before he was run out by Makoni.
When the sixth wicket went down for 94, in only the 10th over, Northerns found themselves in with a chance of victory.
However, Trevaskis with 23 not out and Matthew Potts, 17 not out, then steadied the innings and in another four overs had completed another victory for the county team.
Mumba, with two for 12 off his two overs, had the best bowling figures for Northerns.