Country Club lift HMCA T20

HARARE - Eddie Byrom’s half century and a late whirlwind nine-ball 22 knock from tailender Adam Tiffin gave Country Club a foundation to win the Harare Metro Province T20 title with an 11-run victory over Rainbow on Sunday.

Country Club won the toss and elected to bat in the final played at Old Hararians and looked in danger of collapsing when the Indian Premier League-bound Brendan Taylor was dismissed for 11 in the second over.

Rainbow kept the momentum on taking wickets at regular intervals but Country Club captain Byrom got boundaries at easy for his 52 runs from 41 balls.

Byrom’s dismissal appeared to be a massive breakthrough for Rainbow for a while but the introduction of Tiffin saw the momentum shifting back to Country Club.

Tiffin scored three big sixes and was unbeaten on 22 runs from just nine balls taking his team to 140 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

Rainbow then had the perfect of starts with the former Prince Edward pair Gary Chirimuuta and Peacemore Zinwa gusty innings taking them to 59 for no loss after eight overs.

However, tables turned drastically as Taylor retired from his long-on fielding position on to the centre to enter the bowling attack.

Taylor bowled his off-spin to tighten the screws in his team’s favour despite not getting any wicket.

With boundaries getting scarce, Rainbow did themselves a huge disservice courtesy of two foolish run outs and by the time the game reached the last over, they needed 23 runs to win the game.

It proved to be an insurmountable task as they finished the match 11 runs short on 129-7.

HMCA vice chairman and ZC newly appointed board member, Rajan Nayer paid tribute to the clubs who parted ways with their hard-earned cash in participation fees so that the tournament could take place.

“I thank you all for supporting this T20 tournament. It wasn’t a smooth road for HMCA to come up with such a tourney,” said Nayer.

“The main reason why we thank all is that you supported the board by paying participation fees and bringing competitive teams.

“I would like to congratulate Country Club the winners of the HMCA inaugural T20 trophy and let’s all look forward to the 2014 winter league on cards which information will be circulated in due course.”

In a third place play-off, Old Hararians beat Old Malvernians by 32 runs. OH posted a total of 193-5 and OMs could only reach 161-8 in reply.

Cephas Zhuwao was the OH top scorer with 105 runs and received a trophy for being the man-of-the-series.

Byrom also received a trophy for winning the batsman-of-the-tournament.

For winning the championship, Country Club received a floating trophy and four helmets while Rainbow got three helmets with OH and OMs received two and one respectively.

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