Harare Sports Club cements pole position

HARARE - Harare Sports Club opened up a three-point gap to cement their position on top of the Vigne Cup Cricket League with an eight- wicket win over Rainbow at Prince Edward on Sunday.

Mashonaland Eagles top order batsman and HSC captain Sikandar Raza Butt led the way with an undefeated 61 runs off 54 balls while chasing Rainbow’s under par score of 123 runs.

 Rainbow, who occupied the second spot prior to Sunday’s encounter, won the toss and elected to bat before they stumbled to 123 runs all out after 33 overs. Rainbow’s Mazvita Zambuko and Douglas Jumbe both scored 22 runs each while batting at number five and seven respectively.

 With the easiest of tasks, Harare Sports Club chased down the paltry total in 21 overs, reaching 128 runs for the loss of two wickets. Peter Moor contributed 40 runs from 21 balls after coming in at number four.

 Benjamin Bernett recorded career best bowling figures of five wickets for 26 runs in 10 overs while Tendai Shereni took two wickets for 21 runs from seven overs for Harare Sports Club.

A solitary wicket by Brighton Mugochi for 28 runs in six overs was the best Rainbow could achieve.

In other matches, Glenshire thumped rivals Old Malvernians by 117 runs at Old Hararians. Glenshire posted 210 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat. Witness Chilimba and Zimbabwe Under-19 all-rounder Luke Jongwe scored 36 and 21 runs respectively with Chikomborero Dirwayi and Vincent Herold taking three and two wickets respectively for OMs.

OMs then crumbled to 93 runs all-out inside 28 overs, succumbing to seamers Tatenda Kutyauripo, who took four wickets for 17 runs in four overs and Tafadzwa Muzarawetu, who picked two wickets for 12 runs in six overs.

 Defending champions Takashinga 2 moved into second place after beating Uprising by 116 runs at Sunrise Sports Club after totalling 217 runs all out in 47 overs before their opponent fell for 101 runs in 29 overs.

Zimbabwe international Shingi Masakadza scored 63 runs off 77 balls, smashing five four and three maximums for Takashinga.

Tino Mutombodzi and Wellington Masakadza took three wickets each for Takashinga.

At Takashinga, Takashinga 1 beat Old Hararians by seven wickets while Alexandra Sports Club forfeited their match against Country Club.

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