T20 MATCH: MOUNTAINEERS v SOUTHERN ROCKS
At Mutare Sports Club; Sunday 21 October 2012.
Result: Mountaineers (176/5) beat Southern Rocks (152/8) by 24 runs.
The Mountaineers captain and Zimbabwe’s Test match top-order batsman Tino Mawoyo, who scored a century the previous day, added another message to the selectors for a place in the national one-day team with a superb 74 not out in the T20 match against Southern Rocks. The visiting team was again outclassed, although they made a gallant effort to reach a target of 177.
On another warm sunny morning Mountaineers won the toss and decided to bat. They soon lost Hamilton Masakadza, who swept a catch off the off-spinner Peter Burgoyne to backward square leg for 1, but the rest of the innings was dominated by Mawoyo’s outstanding innings. Greg Lamb was even more aggressive and their partnership of 96 for the fourth wicket in ten overs ensured Southern Rocks had a difficult target.
Lamb raced to his fifty off only 26 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes, and made 54 altogether. Mawoyo was unbeaten at the end of the innings with 74, which contained 12 fours off 51 balls. Tinashe Panyangara bowled well to take three wickets for 35, but only Burgoyne of the bowlers conceded less than eight runs an over; he took one for only 17 off four overs bowled at the start of the innings.
Rocks made a sound start, with the English professional Ben Slater (23) putting on 47 in seven overs for the first wicket with Roy Kaia (35). But the required run rate was already ten an over, and continued to rise, despite the efforts of Burgoyne, who hit his first two balls for six and was caught on the long-on boundary from his third.
The later batsmen all hit out gallantly but rather desperately, and there was much entertaining cricket as runs flowed and wickets fell, or chances were missed. The most successful batsman was Richie Mutumbami, who scored 39 off 24 balls. There were two wickets each for Shingi Masakadza, Prosper Utseya and Natsai Mushangwe.