Takaz 2 warms-up in style

HARARE - Takashinga Two (2) warmed-up for today’s National League matches with an emphatic 136-run victory over Rainbow in a Vigne Cup Twenty20 match played in Highfield last weekend.

National team players Elton Chigumbura and Tinotenda Mutombodzi put up a 115-run first wicket partnership that laid a solid foundation for Takashinga 2’s win at Takashinga Sports Club.

Chigumbura scored 54 runs from 27 balls before being stumped off Douglas Jumbie’s bowling in the 11th over.

Fellow opener and Mutombodzi top scored with 64 runs from 45 deliveries.

Rainbow, playing in their first season in the Vigne Cup League wobbled in chase of 207 runs for victory for a paltry 70 runs inside 17 overs.

Former Alexandra Sports Club duo of Gerald Chirimuuta and Ashley Mwenda were the only batsmen to reach double figures with scores of 22 and 15 respectively.

Wellington Masakadza and Joseph Musorosekwa claimed three and two wickets apiece for Takashinga 2.

In another match Old Hararians beat Takashinga One by six wickets in a low scoring encounter played in Highfield.

Takashinga One (1) faltered with the bat as they were beaten by six wickets by the visiting Old Hararians after posting a measly 74 runs after 17.1 overs.

Former Zimbabwe Test player Mark Vermeulen hit the right areas with the ball taking four wickets for 10 runs in four overs, two of which were maidens for the visitors.

Knowledge Kaia and Sean Handirisi with scores of 14 and 13 respectively were the top scorers for Takashinga 1.

Chasing a winning total of 75, Old Hararians made light work of the set target as Vermeulen and Yasir Parker contributed 28 runs and 26 respectively.

Uprising capped a fine weekend with two wins against Glenshire and Rainbow at Sunrise Sports Club.

In their first match Uprising emerged victorious with a seven-wicket win over the hapless Glenview-based side.

In the second match they edged Rainbow by 14 runs.

At OH, Harare Sports Club beat Old Malvernians by 24 runs after reaching a total of 104 runs for seven wickets.

In reply, OMs were bundled out for 80 runs after 16 overs while Royal overcame Country Club by five wickets in another T20 encounter played in Highlands.

Country Club scored 97 runs after batting first before Royal made 100 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Meanwhile, the National League returns this morning after eight years of absence. Eight teams divided into two groups of four are set to play against each other once in a round robin league with the leaders of the two groups clashing in the final on April 13.

Fixture:

Today

Rainbow vs Takashinga 2 (Old Hararians)

Westside vs Emakhandeni (Mutare Sports Club)

BAC vs Harare Sports Club (BAC)

Kadoma vs Masvingo (Kadoma Sports Club)

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