Rainbow surrender Vigne Cup lead

HARARE – Rainbow slipped to third place following an 88-run defeat to Takashinga 1 in a Vigne Cup league match at Prince Edward over the weekend.

The former log leaders’ defeat, coupled by Country Club’s emphatic 112-run victory over Harare Sports Club, saw the Highlands based club rising to pole position with 16 points from four matches.

Old Hararians are in second place with 15 points after edging struggling Old Malvernians by eight runs at Old Hararians Sports Club. With the defeat, Rainbow are now in third place with 12 points tied together with the two Takashinga teams (1 and 2) who are in fourth and fifth place respectively with an inferior net run rate.

Takashinga 1 batted first at Prince Edward, totalling 165 runs in 39 overs but their opponent Rainbow uncharacteristically collapsed inside 25 overs for a measly 78.

Timycen Maruma top-scored for Takashinga 1 on a tricky batting surface with 47 runs before falling victim to left-arm medium seamer Munyaradzi Magada while Rainbow’s Robertson Chinyengetere managed 30 runs.

Rainbow’s new signing, Brian Vitori, picked three wickets for 30 runs from eight overs and Vincent Nyauchi had two for 15. Tafadzwa Kamungozi, the Takashinga 1 legspinner, took a five-for shading just eight runs from seven overs while Keith Kulinga picked two wickets for 19 runs from six overs.

At Country Club, the host beat Harare Sports on Duckworth Lewis, having made 260 runs for the loss of four wickets in their allotted 50 overs. The match was, however, abandoned due to bad weather with the visitors badly exposed on 119-8 after 24 overs. The D/L method gave Country Club a 112-run win over their opponent.

Malcolm Waller made 88 runs from 81 balls while Clement Rizhibowa made 63 runs having starred in a 149-run third wicket partnership for Country Club. Both players, however, failed to convert their half tons into centuries, both failing to the bowling of Innocent Chinyoka, who finished with four wickets for 33 runs from 10 overs. Country Club’s Richard Locke notched 45 runs from 45 balls including five boundaries and a six to be the third highest run contributor for his side.

Not much contribution came from the bat for the visitors; Simbarashe Gupo and Martin Hubert scored 24 and 19 runs respectively while Locke and Stanley Chioza picked three and two wickets each respectively for Country Club.

In the other matches played on Sunday, Old Hararians defended 165 runs against Old Malvernians, who perished for 157 runs after 37.3 overs.

Glenshire beat Mashonaland Central by 89 runs at Harare Sports Club in defence of a 214. Mashonaland Central were dismissed for 125 runs after 27.1 overs as they managed to go past the 100-run mark for the first time in their debut season.

The match between Takashinga 2 and Royal was rained off without a single ball having been bowled at Takashinga Sports Club.

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