Kwekwe, Zimbabwe (4E Sports) – Taurai Muzarabani and Brighton Mugochi recorded a total of 13 wickets as the Mashonaland Eagles stormed to the top of the standings with a 187-run win over the Midwest Rhinos in Sunday’s Pro50 Championship match at Kwekwe Sports Club.
The Eagles struggled at 117 for 5 after choosing to bat but Nathan Walker revitalized their offense with a 76. Tinotenda Mutombodzi chipped in 43 as the Eagles were bowled out for 227 with Kudakwashe Munyede taking 4 for 49.
Early strikes by Muzarabani reduced the Rhinos to 26 for 3 and it required a fifty by Neville Madziva to take them to 170. Waller and Mugochi took three wickets apiece.
The Eagles built on their lead of 57 with a fifty by Mark Vermeulen and a century by the wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva. Vermeulen’s 77 came off 130 balls while Chakabva’s 111 came off just 120 balls as the Eagles looked to declare and set a target.
Madziva scored another half-century but lacked support as the Rhinos were bowled out within 61 overs.
In the other match, Nkosana Mpofu scored an unbeaten century to lift Matabeleland Tuskers to a thrilling one-wicket win over Southern Rocks in Bulawayo.
Chasing 279, the Tuskers went 244 for 9 when Mpofu was joined by last man Steve Chimhamhiwa. The pair led the Tuskers to victory, putting on 35 in 13 overs. Mpofu, the left-handed opener, was not out on 130, having faced 317 balls and struck 13 fours.
Mpofu had shared half-century stands with fellow opener Bornaparte Mujuru and No. 3 Brian Chari, and kept one end going as wickets fell regularly after that, with medium-pacer Luke Jongwe picking up four. Chimhamhiwa scored the winning single , and was unbeaten on 21.
Chimhamhiwa had given Tuskers the early advantage after Rocks won the toss and chose to bat. The right-arm seamer picked up six wickets to help bowl Rocks out for 190. They might not have gotten that far had Richmond Mutumbami not scored a 108-ball 87.
At the CSA Provincial T20 Challenge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal defeated South Western Dstricts by 12 runs.