Team A: 161 for 3
Team B: 134 for 8
Team A won by 27 runs.
Team A, captained by Hamilton Masakadza, batted first, and from the start it was clear that many players were rusty after festive season break and their strike.
This was especially true of the fielders: misfields abounded and overall it was a poor display. The national team coach Andy Waller was singularly unimpressed.
The outstanding individual feat was Masakadza’s innings of 109 runs, scored off 73 balls, but he survived four dropped catches and two missed run-outs. It took him about 50 minutes to find his touch, but he then played some fine strokes, including 10 fours and three sixes, one on to the roof of the pavilion. Sikandar Raza Butt gave him most support with 25 in an opening partnership of 52. Of the bowlers Tafadzwa Kamungozi was the most effective, taking two wickets for 20, but Prosper Utseya was uncharacteristically erratic, unable to find a length and giving away 45 runs in his four overs.
Team B, led by Prosper Utseya, were never really in the hunt, mainly because Team A fielded so much better than they did. When Vusimuzi Sibanda (33) hit Michael Chinouya for two successive sixes during an opening partnership of 61 with Tinotenda Mawoyo (36), they gave themselves a glimmer of hope, but despite 29 from Elton Chigumbura, the middle order was unable to do much.
75 runs were needed off the final six overs, and this was altogether too much as they fell short by 27 runs. Shingirai Masakadza returned the most impressive bowling figures, with two for 10 off his three overs, while Brighton Mugochi took two for 22.