Matsikenyeri guides Eagles home

HARARE - Mashonaland Eagles remained top of the Pro50 table with a six-wicket win over Midwest Rhinos at the Kwekwe Sports Club.

Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor put on 133 upfront for Rhinos but Stuart Matsikenyeri responded with a swift 50, and Forster Mutizwa’s blows towards the end sealed Eagle’s second win in as many games.

The stand between Sibanda (66 off 50) and Taylor (59 off 44) lasted nearly 15 overs before being ended by Kyle Jarvis, who removed Sibanda.

Ray Price dismissed Taylor two balls later and ended with economical figures of 1 for 24 in four overs.

That did not stop Rhinos from amassing 183 for 3.

Eagles were in trouble early when they lost two wickets for 23 but Chamu Chibhabha (39 off 28) revived the chase along with Matsikenyeri (67 off 44).

Graeme Cremer dismissed the duo but by then, Matsikenyeri had struck seven boundaries and left Eagles with 31 to get off 19
balls.

Mutizwa, unbeaten on 44 off 24 balls, hammered three sixes, including two off Ed Rainsford in the 18th over, to ensure Eagles were home by the start of the final over.

Elton Chigumbura had a role to play at the finish as well, as he hit three boundaries in an unbeaten 19 off only seven deliveries. — Cricinfo

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