Newcomers top Vigne Cup standings

HARARE - Harare Sports Club shot to the top of the Vigne Cup Cricket League table with a five-wicket win over Alexandra Sports Club on Sunday.

The Harare Metropolitan League returnees have lost only once in five matches to top the table with 18 points. Fellow newcomers Country Club and Rainbow sit on second and third places respectively, both having garnered 15 points from five games. Country Club has a superior net run rate of 0,713 compared to Rainbow’s 0,688.

Defending champions Takashinga 2 are on fourth position on the 11-team table while Takashinga 1 are in fifth.

Last year’s runners up Glenshire occupy sixth place with Royal, Old Marlvenians, Alex and Uprising in their respective order making up the bottom half.

At Harare Sports Club on Sunday the home team won the toss and elected to field before a pace and seam bowling combination reduced Alex to 157 runs all out after 34 overs.

Harare Sports Club then reached the target safely, scoring 160-5 inside 24 overs. Specialist seamers Nathan Waller, who scored 38 runs, and national team player Kyle Jarvis, unbeaten on 34 runs from the same number of deliveries, starred with the bat.

Mash Eagles medium pacer Innocent Chinyoka took two wickets for Alex Sports Club for 46 runs from eight overs.

Mash Eagles all-rounder Mark Mbofana and national team player Foster Mutizwa scored 29 and 25 runs respectively for Alex while off spinner Kudakwashe Munyede and medium pace bowler Howard Harineki grabbed three wickets apiece, both shedding 35 runs from seven overs.

In other matches played on Sunday, Country Club humiliated Glenshire by nine wickets at Sunrise Sports Club after they were set 210 runs, which they surpassed by reaching 221 runs for the loss of one wicket after 45 overs.

Glenshire elected to bat after winning the toss and looked poised for a big total after openers Tatenda Chikodzi, who scored 68 runs and Jaylord Gumbie (48) starred in a 107-run first wicket partnership.

Hilton Bekker took four wickets for 22 runs in seven overs while off spinner Alan Smith picked three wickets for Country Club. Clemence Rizhibowa top-scored for Country Club with 84 runs not-out from 101 balls while spinner Simon Muzerengi took the only wicket for Glenshire.

At Takashinga Sports Club, host Takashinga 1 beat Old Malvernians by 156 runs while Takashinga 2 overcame Rainbow by 33 runs at Prince Edward.

Royal were 51 runs victors over Uprising at Old Hararians.

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