Trio hits fifties as Southerns put up gallant fight in loss to Glamorgan
Glamorgan – 321 all out in 49.5 overs (Dan Douthwaite 70, Thomas Bevan 60, Kiran Carlson 59; Ainsley Ndlovu 3/49, Tanaka Chivanga 2/49, Brandon Mavuta 2/56)
Southerns – 262 all out in 46.2 overs (Gary Ballance 62, Chamu Chibhabha 54, Johnathan Campbell 52; Prem Sisodiya 3/54, Jamie McIlroy 2/30, David Lloyd 2/30)
Glamorgan won by 59 runs
Chamu Chibhabha, Gary Ballance and Johnathan Campbell all scored gallant fifties for Southerns as they tried to chase down a Glamorgan score of 321 at Harare Sports Club on Sunday, but in the end it was in vain, as the tourists won a good match by 59 runs.
The county team decided to bat on winning the toss, and immediately Thomas Bevan and Sam Northeast gave them a fine start.
They put on 62 in less than 13 overs, but then Ainsley Ndlovu came on to bowl and took three wickets, so that after 24 overs Glamorgan were 123 for four, with Bevan out for a fine 60 off 63 balls, and their innings could go either way.
Glamorgan it was who took command, though, with a series of good partnerships and two fine fifties.
Their captain Kiran Carlson led the revival with a knock of 59 off 58 balls, before Dan Douthwaite came in to play the most spectacular innings of the day.
Douthwaite raced to 70 off 39 balls, an innings that contained no fewer than eight sixes and two fours.
He was finally caught and bowled by Brandon Mavuta after 46 overs, at 293 for nine, whereupon the last pair took the score to 321 before the final wicket fell with one ball in hand.
Ndlovu was the most successful bowler, with three wickets for 49 in his 10 overs.
Blessing Muzarabani, returning after injury, opened the bowling, but bowled only five overs without a wicket for 24 runs.
It was a tough task for Southerns, especially when Jamie McIlroy took two wickets in his opening spell, removing Innocent Kaia for one and Nkosana Mpofu for 12.
Chibhabha and Ballance worked hard to rebuild the innings, putting on 111 together in exactly 20 overs, and as long as they stayed in Southerns had a genuine hope of victory.
But then at 132 Ballance was caught off David Lloyd for 62, scored off 62 balls with a six and eight fours, and six balls later Andrew Salter had Chibhabha out lbw for 54 (72 balls, five fours).
Campbell and Clive Madande kept Southerns’ hopes alive with a good partnership of 50 in 10 overs before the latter went for 23.
Campbell hit a fine 52 off 41 balls, with eight fours, before he was sixth out at 218 in the 40th over – both were out to the left-arm spinner Prem Sisodiya.
Luke Jongwe went for 10, and after that only Ndlovu was able to put up much of a fight, scoring a good 25 not out off 18 balls before the last wicket went down in the 47th over with the total at 262.
Five Glamorgan bowlers took wickets, with Sisodiya, three for 54 in 10 overs, the most successful.
Northerns – 127 all out in 29.3 overs (Wellington Masakadza 28, Ryan Burl 27, Tadiwanashe Marumani 21; Liam Trevaskis 4/1, Paul Coughlin 2/13, Oliver Gibson 2/28)
Durham – 128-3 in 18.3 overs (Ollie Robinson 54*, David Bedingham 33*, Scott Borthwick 14; Victor Nyauchi 2/13, Faraz Akram 1/16)
Durham won by seven wickets
The bowling of Liam Trevaskis and the big hitting of Ollie Robinson were too much for Northerns at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday, as Durham raced to victory in their 50-over match by seven wickets.
Durham won the toss and put Northerns in to bat.
The Northerns innings consisted of three good partnerships amid a number of failures.
Brydon Carse struck with his third delivery, having Joylord Gumbie caught without a run on the board.
Tanu Makoni and Tadiwanashe Marumani then made a good stand of 41 for the second wicket, scoring 12 and 21 respectively before Marumani was out, and at the same score Makoni had to retire hurt.
The new man, Wessly Madhevere, was bowled by Paul Coughlin without scoring, but then Ryan Burl and Nyasha Mayavo added 33 for the fourth wicket.
Burl scored 27 in 28 balls, and then Mayavo and Wellington Masakadza took the score to 116 for four in the 25th over.
At this point Northerns were poised to make a good score, but instead a collapse occurred after Mayavo was bowled for 21.
The left-arm spinner Trevaskis was responsible for this, as after bowling Mayavo he removed in quick succession Masakadza for 28 – the highest score of the innings – the returning Makoni and Faraz Akram.
When Oliver Gibson had the last man Victor Nyauchi caught, the score had gone from 123 for five to 127 all out in 14 balls, and Durham were presented with a simple target.
Trevaskis had the remarkable bowling figures of four wickets for one run in three overs.
Nyauchi in his first three overs caused Durham some trouble, bowling Michael Jones first ball and having captain Scott Borthwick caught for 14 – 25 for two.
At 31 Akram removed the opener Graham Clark for 10 and Durham had three down for 31 runs.
However, after this it was all one-way traffic, as David Bedingham (33 not out off 34 balls) and Robinson swept Durham to victory in only 18.3 overs.
Robinson smashed 54 not out off 33 balls, with three sixes and seven fours.