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.
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.
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
|Takashinga Patriots 1||5||3||2||6||1.124|
|Bulawayo Athletic Club||3||1||2||2||-2.262|
|Takashinga Patriots 2||5||1||4||2||-3.343|