Mutombodzi, Chakabva win it for Takaz 2

HARARE - Leg-spinner Tino Mutombodzi took five wickets while Regis Chakabva scored an unbeaten 113 runs in Takashinga 2’s eight-wicket victory over Glenshire in a Vigne Cup Cricket League encounter in Highfield on Sunday.

There was a slight delay to the match as umpires assigned to officiate failed to attend before the two teams agreed on self-umpiring.

The high-density derby was poised to be a thriller but fizzled into one-way traffic with the defending champions Takashinga 2 continuing their dominance over the hapless Glen View side.

Takashinga 2 condemned Glenshire to back to back defeats last season.

These were the only defeats the Glen View side suffered in the league as they finished runners up.

The host won the toss and elected to bowl. They met resistance from Glenshire’s 16-year-old opener Tatenda Chikodzi, who notched 84 runs from 72 deliveries before he was caught off Mutombodzi’s bowling.

Glenshire’s Simon Muzerengi added 22 runs from 49 balls batting at number eight while player coach Leonard Nhamburo weighed in with 19 runs at nine.

The visitors, however, failed to build on the solid foundation to be bowled out for 176 runs in 33.4 overs after they had looked set for a total above 250. The national team returnee Mutombodzi picked a five-for in his nine overs for just 21 runs including a hat-trick in the 14th over.

Wellington Masakadza, a member of Zimbabwe’s Under-19 World Cup squad and his seaming brother Shingi, took three wickets for 43 runs in nine overs and two wickets for 26 runs in 5.2 overs respectively.

The host made their intentions known from the onset, racing to 124 runs in 19 overs before Innocent Kaia was bowled by Tino Mafusire for 29 runs in 39 balls. Mafusire was signed this season from Uprising.

Mutombodzi perished for 16 runs in the 22nd over with Takashinga on 143-2 and by then Chakabva was left with the easiest of tasks to deliver victory courtesy of a 93- ball century that included 17 boundaries and two maximums.

Little success was achieved from the bowling side.

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