Eagles win for KC as Rocks win at last

HARARE - Mashonaland Eagles gave late coach Kevin Curran a befitting sent off with a six-wicket win over Midwest Rhinos in Kwekwe while Southern Rocks registered their first win of the season against Matabeleland Tuskers in Masvingo yesterday.

Stuart Matsikenyeri played a captain’s innings, scoring 67 runs from 44 balls, hitting three boundaries and four maximums in chase of Rhinos’ total of 183 runs for the loss of three wickets in a domestic franchise Twenty20 league encounter.

The home team elected to bat after winning the toss and two half centuries from opener Vusi Sibanda, who scored 66 runs from 50 balls, and skipper Brendan Taylor (59 runs from 50 balls) saw them to 183-3.

Eagles were two wickets down after 3.1 overs for 23 runs before new signing Chamu Chibhabha (39) cemented the innings while Matsikenyeri led an emotional charge with the bat.

Foster Mutizwa, unbeaten on 44 runs and Elton Chigumbura (19) hit the winning boundary on the first ball of the last over to deliver an emotional win for the Eagles as they reached 184-4 with five balls to spare.

Seamer Kyle Jarvis picked two wickets for the Eagles for 41 runs in four overs while Graeme Cremer also took two wickets with his leg spinfor 35 runs from four overs for the home side.

Meanwhile, Southern Rocks won their first match of the season under new coach Dave Houghton with a four- wicket victory off the very last ball against Tuskers at Masvingo Sports Club.

Brian Vitori picked three wickets while Trevor Garwe and Cuthbert Musoko took two wickets each for the Rocks to restrict the visitors to 119 runs for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs. Middle- order batsman Tendai Chisoro (30) hit successive boundaries off Chris Mpofu from the last two balls of the final over taking Southern Rocks to 122-6.

Rocks overseas professional Peter Burgoyne top-scored with 36 runs before he was run out by Keegan Meth in the 16th over while Craig Ervine of Matabeleland Tuskers emerged the match’s biggest scorer with 49 runs, batting at number three.

Mashonaland Eagles will now host Matebeleland Tuskers on Wednesday while Mountaineers who were on by this weekend travel to Kwekwe tonnplay Midwest Rhinos.

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