Mountaineers (142/6) beat Mashonaland Eagles (115) by 27 runs.
An exciting T20 final between the two former champions ended in a rather narrow victory for the first holders of the trophy, Mountaineers. At the halfway stage it looked as if the home team and last season’s champions, Mashonaland Eagles, would triumph, as Mountaineers turned in an indifferent batting performance, and recent high scores in this tournament, especially by the home side, suggested that 143 was too small a target.
Stanbic T20 played in Harare:Matabeleland Tuskers 167 for 6 (Gayle 45, Coventry 45) lost to Mountaineers 172 for 3 (H. Masakadza 80, Mustard 44).
Hamilton Masakadza came good at the most important time and led Mountaineers to a place in the T20 final, to be played on Sunday. Matabeleland Tuskers will probably wish they had made a little more of their innings batting first, when at times they seemed to be settling for security rather than taking risks in search of a major total. Mountaineers may well have stumbled, though, had Masakadza not played his fine innings of 80 not out, scored off 52 balls and including four sixes and two fours.
Stanbic T20 played in Harare: Mashonaland Eagles 147 for 7 (Chigumbura 47, Trego 45) beat Southern Rocks 77 (Nathan Waller 3-8)
This match, the last of the round-robin part of the tournament, turned out to be a final in reverse. It was played by the two bottom teams in the competition, with the prize to be a place in the semi-finals. Southern Rocks were the team to go home, turning in a dismal performance after making a promising start to the match. A poor fielding display was followed by a shameful exhibition of batting, and Mashonaland Eagles were handed the match on a plate while playing a solid game and allowing their opponents to self-destruct.
Stanbic T20 played in Harare: Mid-West Rhinos184 for 2 (Taylor 54, Ballance 53, Wessels 51) beatMashonaland Eagles177 for 3 (Matsikenyeri 73, Trego 71).
The sun is finally shining and the players have accustomed themselves to this format of the game, the runs are flowing at Harare Sports Club. In another high-scoring match with a thrilling finish, Mid-West Rhinos just staved off a remarkable batting challenge from Mashonaland Eagles to win by 7 runs. The young Richard Muzhange bowled particularly well at the death to save the match for his team, after brilliant innings from Stuart Matsikenyeri and Peter Trego.