Southern Lions – 106 all out in 33 overs (Tendai Chisoro 31, Alester Maregwede 25; Manson Chikowero 5/8, Tafara Chingwara 2/30)
Muzvezve Tigers – 107 for 6 in 22 overs (Bright Matsiwe 55, Trevor Gwangu 18; Sydney Murombo 2/12, Tendai Chisoro 2/27)
Muzvezve Tigers won the match by four wickets.
Left-arm pacer Manson Chikowero’s five-wicket haul powered Muzvezve Tigers to a four-wicket win in a Zimbabwe Premier League (ZPL) opener played at Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday.
So unplayable was the 16-year-old that he only conceded eight runs from the five overs he bowled as he bagged the memorable five-for.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Southern Lions struggled to get going with only four of their batsmen managing to get into the double figures – Tendai Chisoro (31), Alester Maregwede (25), Bob Mudzingwa (15) and Lawrence Magwenzi (10).
The Masvingo side were skittled for 106 in 33 overs, with Tafara Chingwena contributing to the damage with two wickets, while Wallace Mubaiwa claimed a single scalp of his own.
Bright Matsiwe then anchored Muzvezve Tigers’ response with a 41-ball 55 as they chased down the target with 108 balls remaining, although the win was far from plain sailing.
Apart from Matsiwe’s half-century and Trevor Gwangu’s contribution of 18 runs, the innings was not anything to write home about with four of the six wickets that fell perishing in the single digits.
Sydney Murombo and Chisoro bagged two wickets apiece but their efforts were in vain as Muzvezve Tigers got their ZPL campaign off to a winning start.
Takashinga Patriots 1 – 207 all out in 38.5 overs (Roy Kaia 37, Bernard Mlambo 34; Kuda Munyede 4/12, Milton Shumba 3/45)
Rainbow Sharks won the match by 12 runs.
Takashinga Patriots 1’s campaign in the newly established Zimbabwe Premier League (ZPL) got off to a disappointing start after they went down by 12 runs at home to Rainbow Sharks on Saturday.
Bezel Njanji and Robert Chinyengetere shared an 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket that helped the visitors recover from a shaky start that had seen Ashley Mwenda fall for a two-ball duck before his fellow opener Simbarashe Gupo (10) became Nigel Mupurura’s second scalp to leave the innings tottering on 19 runs for two wickets.
Takashinga appeared to have regained control of the game when they reduced Rainbow Sharks to 142-5 following Wellington Masakadza’s dismissal of Chinyengetere for 34, with Njanji falling on 67 in the next over after he was stumped by wicketkeeper Bernard Mlambo off a Roy Kaia delivery.
Njanji’s half-century, easily the highlight of the match, included nine fours and two sixes.
Tinofara Mafusire, however, ensured Rainbow Sharks would end their innings with a defendable score as he blasted 41 runs off 45 balls, while Milton Shumba chipped in with a valuable 17.
Takashinga captain Tinotenda Mutombodzi put in a forgettable shift with the ball, shipping 25 runs from the two overs he bowled.
Mupurura emerged as the home side’s best bowler with three wickets for 45 runs, while Trevor Mutsamba bagged two for 48.
In reply, Takashinga got off to a solid start with Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (29) and Mlambo (34) sharing an opening stand of 43 runs that was ended when the former became the first of Kuda Munyede’s four wickets on the day.
Kaia top-scored for the Highfield-based outfit with 37, with Baxon Gopito (22), Emmanuel Sharara (19), Brian Majoka (18) and Masakadza (18) also making significant contributions to the chase.
Takashinga needed 12 runs from the final seven balls, but the match was all over when Mutsamba was run out for two as he and fellow tail-ender Clive Chiposi, who was left stranded on two not out, attempted to take their team over the line.
Munyede starred with the ball for Rainbow Sharks as he finished with a four-wicket haul that cost only 12 runs from the seven overs he bowled, while Shumba conceded 45 runs as he bagged three wickets from seven overs.
Amakhosi – 217 for 9 in 40 overs (Kudzai Sauramba 87, Silent Mujaji 27; John Nyumbu 5/35)
Eastern Lions – 218 for 9 in 38.5 overs (Mduduzi Fuzwayo 48, Bonaparte Mujuru 36; Clive Chitumba 3/24, John Masara 2/23, Frank Mazvita 2/40)
Eastern Lions won the match by one wicket.
Eastern Lions eclipsed Amakhosi’s total of 217 with seven balls to go to clinch a one-wicket win in this closely fought Zimbabwe Premier League encounter played at Masvingo Sports Club on Saturday.
It would have been different story though were it not for Kudzai Sauramba’s roaring 87 – which came off 84 balls and included 10 fours and three sixes – as Eastern Lions huffed and puffed, throwing away wickets like confetti at a wedding.
Kudakwashe Ndagurwa and John Masara fell without scoring, while Kelvin Kasuza (seven) and Michael Maphosa (two) contributed a trifling of runs as the chase threatened to fall apart.
The job was left to the tail which fortunately wagged and produced some lusty hitting and the much-needed runs – Silent Mujaji blasted a 15-ball 27 before Frank Mazvita’s 12 runs off eight deliveries took their team home.
John Nyumbu tried hard to save the game for Amakhosi as he took five wickets, but in the end his stupendous effort was unfortunately in vain.
Earlier, Amakhosi had put in a dogged performance after they were put in to bat first at toss, with their first 100 coming up with only the wickets of Thamsanqa Nunu (four) and Bonaparte Mujuru (36) down.
But it was soon 104-3 after Cunningham Ncube gifted a return catch to Masara, marking the onset of a middle-order collapse that left the innings in turmoil on 123-6, with Bright Phiri and Nyumbu falling for four and five runs respectively.
During that implosion, Mduduzi Fuzwayo also departed just two runs shy of what would have been a well-deserved half-century.
However, Ernest Masuku (25), Thabo Mboyi (18) and Bobby Mpofu (15) did some repair-work of some sort, with Ainsley Ndlovu’s unbeaten 32 off 16 balls taking the total to what would have been a defendable 217-9 in the allotted 40 overs.
But that was not to be, as Eastern Lions fought hard to register a one-wicket victory.
Zimbabwe fast bowler Tendai Chatara is out of the Test series against the touring New Zealand because of injury.
Chatara fielded and bowled 16 overs for Zimbabwe A for the greater part of Friday, but finished the first day of the three-day practice match against New Zealand at Harare Sports Club struggling with his run-up and limping because of pain in his left ankle.
On Saturday morning, the ankle had swollen and he was walking with a limp. Treatment and strapping did not help and he had to sit out the whole day.
Given that the ankle complaint is a recurrence of an old injury and Chatara’s role would be to spearhead the Zimbabwe attack, Zimbabwe A physiotherapist Travor Wambe has recommended that the 25-year-old bowler be replaced.
The national selection panel has since called up Michael Chinouya. The Mid-West Rhinos fast bowler has been training with the Zimbabwe A squad since mid-June.
Chinouya has played two One-Day International matches for Zimbabwe – both at home against India three years ago – and will be making his Test debut if chosen to play in Bulawayo. He has played 65 first-class matches.
However, the national selectors will be hoping they do not have to sit again before the first Test, which starts at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Thursday to choose a replacement for Tinotenda Mawoyo.
The Zimbabwe opener retired hurt after facing three balls in the Zimbabwe A first innings against New Zealand on Saturday. He was complaining of pain in his right thumb which was hit by a ball while he was batting for the Zimbabwe A team against South Africa A at Queens a week ago.
An x-ray on Saturday revealed no fracture and Mawoyo will fly to Bulawayo on Monday morning, to join the Zimbabwe squad preparing for the first Test against New Zealand.
He will continue with treatment, and senior national team physiotherapist Anesu Mupotaringa will then assess his fitness for the first Test.
Another Zimbabwe A player who was injured during the practice match against New Zealand is top-order batsman Nkosana Mpofu. He injured his right knee while fielding towards the end of play on Friday and could not move the joint without discomfort.
An ultrasound scan for suspected ligament damage proved negative and Mpofu was able to open the Zimbabwe A batting with Mawoyo in the first innings on Saturday and Vusumuzi Sibanda in the second innings on Sunday.