Ervine leads Tuskers rout over Rhinos

Craig Ervine bounced back with an unbeaten 73 runs in Tuskers’ 83-run win over Rhinos in the ninth match of the on-going Domestic Twenty20 competition at Harare Sports Club.

Having contributed only two runs in his team’s 106-run win over Mountaineers on Thursday, Ervine went about his business with aplomb scoring five boundaries and four maximums in his 71-minute stay in the crease at a healthy strike rate of 169.76.

The win, Tuskers’ third in five matches leaves them with one foot in Sunday’s final and 14 points. Opener Brian Chari, who just like Ervine is enjoying a purple patch of form with the bat fell for 13 runs yesterday. However, double digit scores from wicketkeeper batsman Shoun Handirisi (22), Sean Williams (25) and Charles Kunje’s 39 runs took Tuskers to a comfortable total, 189/4 in their allotted overs.

Having backed their strengths and electing to field first, Rhinos, chasing 190 runs for victory lost both openers Solomon Mire (0)P and Prince Masvaure (3) inside the opening 1.3 overs giving themselves a mammoth task to floor the Tuskers. Vusi Sibanda, playing in his first tournament, since returning from a punditry stint in Bangladesh weighed in with 19 runs batting at number three. 
Wicketkeeper-batsman Nyasha Mayavo and Neville Madziva scored identical 13 runs apiece, Tendai Chisoro top-scored with 21 runs on a misery batting afternoon while tail-ender Christophe Masike chipped in with 14 runs before being bundled all out for 106 runs in 18.3 overs.

Tuskers’ seam bowlers hit the deck hard with Charlton Tshuma taking three wickets and the pair of Chris Mpofu and Sheunopa Musekwa picking two wickets each while the spinners spun it with impunity. Captain and slow left arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu and left arm orthodox Sean Williams grabbed two and a wicket each.    

The scheduled 10th match of the competition pitting Eagles against Mountaineers was abandoned without a ball bowled owing to bad weather. Tuskers remain in pole position with 14 points from five matches; Mountaineers are second on 11 points from four matches. 
Eagles are in third with 10 points from four games while Rhinos anchor the bottom on five points from five matches.

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