2nd Econet T20I in Harare: New Zealand 187 (Guptill 67, B McCullum 64) beat Zimbabwe 154 (Chibhabha 65, N McCullum 3-23) by 34 runs under D/L method
It was a batsman’s day at Harare Sports Club for the second and final Twenty20 match and, when Zimbabwe looked likely to suffer another heavy defeat, Chamu Chibhabha led a thrilling assault on the bowling so that the home side could at least go down with all guns blazing and lose with honour.
Coca-Cola Pro50 in Kwekwe: Mash Eagles 308/5 v MidWest Rhinos 169
The one-day match between two of the most successful teams of the season so far ended in a convincing victory by Mashonaland Eagles, the visiting team. The balance was tilted strongly in their favour, though, by the performances of two newly recruited overseas stars, Rob Nicol, a member of the present New Zealand touring team but not playing in the concurrent T20 match between Zimbabwe and New Zealand, and Ryan Bishop, a South African-born Englishman who has yet to play first-class cricket.
Alan Butcher, Zimbabwe’s head coach, expressed confidence in the inclusion of Natsai M’shangwe into the Zimbabwe Twenty20 squad. Zimbabwe hosts the Black Caps in the Econet Twenty20 series which is a two match series starting on Saturday the 15th of October at Harare Sports Club.