Maruma stars as ruthless Takashinga take Bulls to the cleaners

Takashinga Patriots 1 – 443-4 in 45 overs (Timycen Maruma 160, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 69, Chamu Chibhabha 62; Munashe Maworere 1/47, Dereck Sadoki 1/58, Elvin Nxumalo 1/89)

Golden Bulls – 103 all out in 31.3 overs (Jimmy Nyangoni 31, Kelvin Mabvute 27, Elvin Nxumalo 6*; Wellington Masakadza 4/13, Tapiwa Mufudza 4/15, Priviledge Chesa 2/30)

Takashinga Patriots 1 won by 340 runs

Timycen Maruma, with a brilliant innings of 160, led a massacre as Takashinga Patriots 1 thrashed Golden Bulls by 340 runs in a National Premier League (NPL) match at Kwekwe Sports Club on Wednesday.

Maruma opened the batting with Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who scored 69 off 45 balls as they put on 124 for the first wicket in 14 overs.

There were big innings from Chamu Chibhabha (62 off 33 balls) and Priviledge Chesa (52 not out off 31), while Golden Bulls gave 57 runs in extras, 38 of them wides.

Maruma himself faced only 119 balls for his 160 and hit seven sixes and 16 fours in a team total of 443 for four wickets in 45 overs.

Bulls, facing a hopeless task, were all out for 103, with the spinners Wellington Masakadza and Tapiwa Mufudza taking four wickets each, for 13 and 15 runs respectively.

Only Kelvin Mabvute with 27 and Jimmy Nyangoni with 31 reached double figures with the bat.


Uprising – 359-6 in 45 overs (Tariro Makauyo 79, Ryan Kamwemba 63*, Ryan Burl 55; Abel Chirimuuta 2/65, Jabulisa Tshuma 1/35, Tafara Chingwara 1/61)

Mbizo – 109 all out in 27.5 overs (Mkululi Nyathi 32, Jameson Chikowero 23, Lesley Chomudondo 15; Ryan Burl 4/3, George Matanga 3/46, Courage Gwarada 1/14)

Uprising won by 250 runs

Tariro Makauyo (79), Tanatswa Marumani (52), Ryan Kamwemba (63 not out) and Ryan Burl (55) all scored fifties as Uprising cruised to a 250-run victory over Mbizo in their NPL match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Wednesday.

Makauyo and Marumani began with an opening partnership of 105 in 14 overs, and there was another century partnership (109) for the fourth wicket between Kamwemba and Burl.

Burl’s innings was the most aggressive, as his 55 came off only 28 balls and he hit three sixes and five fours, the team innings eventually ending at 359 for six wickets.

Mkululi Nyathi began the Mbizo innings well with 32 off 22 balls, but the other top batters failed and they were eventually dismissed for 109 within 28 overs.

Burl returned the remarkable bowling figures of four wickets for three runs in 5.5 overs, while George Matanga took three wickets for 46.


Queens – 158 all out in 36.5 overs (Tanatswa Bechani 66, Tanaka Zvaita 20, Tinaye Shayamano 19; Prosper Mugeri 3/35, Paul Mhlanga 2/27, Vincent Masekesa 2/28)

Westside – 159-6 in 39.5 overs (Definate Mawadzi 48, Kevin Kasuza 38, Tinashe Chiorah 22; Petros Sithole 2/21, Tanatswa Bechani 2/32, Chris Mpofu 1/31)

Westside won by four wickets

A good innings of 48 by Definate Mawadzi was a key factor in a closer NPL match played at Masvingo Sports Club where Westside beat Queens by four wickets on Wednesday.

Queens never recovered from a bad start, when they slumped to 58 for five wickets in the 18th over.

Tanatswa Bechani played a captain’s innings of 66 to rally his team, but they could total only 158, with Prosper Mugeri taking three wickets for 35 to be the most successful bowler.

Westside did not begin too confidently, but Mawadzi held the early batting together until he found a reliable partner in Kevin Kasuza, who scored 38.

Both were out, and six wickets were down for 140, but Tafadzwa Ngulube and Vincent Masekesa then took Westside home without further loss.


Kadoma – 249 all out in 40.1 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 70, Nyasha Mayavo 41, Terrence Makoroma 37; Costa Zhou 3/36, Nezbert Maringire 2/25, Blessed Muzite 2/47)

Scorpions – 193 all out in 40 overs (Blessed Muzite 39, Gabriel Jaya 37, Costa Zhou 30; Kudakwashe Macheka 4/57, Davis Murwendo 3/20, Nickel Kombora 2/31)

Kadoma won by 56 runs

Takudzwanashe Kaitano played a dashing innings of 70 for Kadoma that gave them the edge over Scorpions in their NPL match which they eventually won by 56 runs at Takashinga Sports Club on Wednesday.

Thanks mainly to Kaitano and Terrence Makoroma, who opened the innings with 37, Kadoma reached 109 before the third wicket fell, and there was a good fifth-wicket partnership of 76 between Nyasha Mayavo (41) and Davis Murwendo (36).

The final total was 249 all out, and Costa Zhou was the most successful bowler with three wickets for 36.

Scorpions began their chase very well, with Blessed Muzite (39) and Gabriel Jaya (37) making 66 for the first wicket, and with Zhou hitting 30 the score reached 106 before he was second out.

Unfortunately for Scorpions their middle-order wickets tumbled steadily and they fell behind the rate.

Kudakwashe Macheka (four for 57) and Murwendo (three for 20) were the bowlers responsible as Scorpions were bowled out for 193.