HARARE – Vigne Cup log leaders Country Club lost to Takashinga One by 103 runs on the Duckworth Lewis on Sunday but still maintained their pole position on the table.
Country club are joint on top with Takashinga 1 with both teams having amassed 21 points from six matches. Only the net run rate separates them.
Old Hararians are in third place with 20 points while Takashinga 2 are fourth with 19 points. Harare Sports Club (15) completes the top five placing.
Takashinga 1 elected to bat after winning the toss before amassing runs inside 46.5 overs at Country Club.
Regis Chakabva top scored for the visitors with 85 runs from 81 balls batting at number three before being bowled out by Stanley Chioza.
Opener Emmanuel Sharara weighed in with 65 runs before he was caught by Richard Lock off the bowling of Riney MacDonald while Keith Kondo scored 33.
Chioza finished with four wickets at an expensive 6.9 runs per over rate in his 10-over spell while MacDonald took three wickets for 45 runs from 10 overs as well.
The host were surprised by their own conditions as they crashed all-out for 163 runs after 41 overs, losing the match by 103 on the D/L.
Country Club’s Nick Welsh and Clement Rizhibowa’s half centuries of 56 and 50 runs respectively were in vain as the team slumped to a heavy defeat.
Keith Kulinga and Tapiwa Mufudza took three wickets for 28 runs from 10 overs and two for 29 runs respectively.
At Prince Edward, Old Malvernians beat Glenshire by seven runs defending a paltry 130 they set in their stay on the crease that lasted for only 28 overs. The target was however revised to 116 and the initial 35-overs arrangement reduced to a 28-over match.
Glenshire failed to surpass the slim target as they were bundled out for 108 runs with two balls remaining in the match. Old Malvernians’ Vincent Herold and Dylan Hondo scored 39 and 24 runs respectively.
Herold and Terry Mubwandarikwa were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each for 15 and 17 runs respectively.
For Glenshire, opener Tawanda Chikazhe notched 44 runs while Denford Kumundati made 26. Bowlers Tatenda Kutyauripo and Simon Muzerengi picked three wickets apiece.
Old Hararians were the biggest winners after they thrashed whipping boys Mashonaland Central by 249 runs at OH. OH totalled 265 runs buoyed by Nyasha Chari’s 30-ball 100, 51 runs from Cephas Zhuwao and Mark Vermulen’s 33.
Mash Central were dismissed for 18 runs after 10 overs falling to Brendon Diplock’s five-for.
The match between Takashinga 2 and Uprising was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rains at Takashinga Sports Club while Rainbow did not show up for their scheduled match against Harare Sports Club at Prince Edward.