Old Malvernians feels heat in Vigne Cup

HARARE - Old Malvernians were reminded of the need to pull up their socks in the Vigne Cup First League after they were dismissed for a paltry 62 runs by newcomers Country Club in Newlands last Sunday.

The reigning Chimurenga Twenty20 champions anchored the bottom spot on the eight-team league last season and could have found themselves playing in the second league this term.

Surprisingly, the team negotiated its way back into the First League.

 After winning the toss on Sunday, OMs elected to bat first but the seasoned campaigners perished all out for 62 runs in 17.4 overs.  The host made good use of home advantage and lost just a single wicket on their way to 64 runs inside 16 overs.

Country Club’s Bradley Evans ripped through the visitors’ top order, claiming four top-order wickets in quick succession before icing up with a wicket in the middle order to record a career best five-for in six overs for 18 runs.

Zimbabwe U19 seamer Campbell Light picked two wickets for 24 runs for the debutants.

OMs’ Chamu Nziradzemuka and Kudakwashe Bhasikoro managed the team’s only double figures with 16 and 11 runs respectively.

Country Club opener Nick Welsh, with five runs, was the only wicket to fall.

At Sunrise Sports Club, Alois Tichana’s half century of 61 runs was in vain as Uprising lost to surprise first league package Rainbow by 52 runs. Rainbow, a club born out of a dispute within the Uprising camp, found their way straight to the first league without going through the lower leagues as is the norm.

Rainbow were sent it to bat and managed to post 205 runs all out in 43,3 overs with former Alexandra Sports Club skipper Ashley Mwenda scoring 42 runs.

Last season’s runners up Glenshire were awarded points after Alex Sports Club failed to raise a team.

The match between Old Hararians and Royal at OH was postponed after the visitors  failed to pay their subscriptions in time for the season opener.

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