Munyonga Inspires Rising Stars

A DISASTROUS middle-order batting collapse, mainly to the off-breaks of Tony Munyonga, cost Manicaland Mountaineers their 100 percent record in the Pro50 Championship at Takashinga Sports Club yesterday.

They were able to total only 126 runs in their innings, a target that Rising Stars had no difficulty in reaching before three o’clock in the afternoon, for the loss of only one wicket.

Stars won the toss on a mild sunny morning and put Mountaineers in to bat.

They lost Innocent Kaia in the second over, as he drove a simple catch to mid-off from the bowling of Mohammad Faraz Akram for three, with the total at six.

Kevin Kasuza scored a laborious 14 off 48 balls before he sliced a drive into the covers off Tinashe Muchawaya, making the score 50 for two after 15 overs.

The debutant Ngoni Mupamba now came in to join Tinashe Chimbambo, who was badly dropped at long-on soon afterwards with his score at 23.

Chimbambo continued to attack the bowling and did well, looking set to reach his first fifty for Mountaineers, until he like Kasuza sliced a drive off Munyonga and was caught in the covers for 46 off 71 balls; 92 for three in the 27th over.

Mountaineers were suddenly reduced to 95 for five and the game had turned sharply in favour of Stars.

Richard Ngarava came back into the attack, and struck another blow for Stars by having Clive Chitumba caught at the wicket without scoring; 97 for six.

For once Donald Tiripano was unable to rescue his side, as he drove a ball from Munyonga uppishly into the covers and was caught for three, quickly followed by Wellington Masakadza, stumped for four.

The score was now a desperate 105 for eight, and Munyonga had figures of four wickets for seven runs off five overs.

Tendai Chatara, late in responding for a quick single, ran himself out without scoring, but Natsai M’shangwe showed some defiance by driving Mavuta for six.

The last pair added 20 together after seven wickets had gone down for 14 runs; their stand was the third-largest of the innings, Nyauchi contributing 10 not out.

Munyonga finished with the remarkable figures of four for nine in eight overs, while Mavuta took two wickets.Chimbambo’s 46 had been the only innings larger than 15.

The innings lasted only 40 overs, so there was time for Stars to start their innings before lunch.

Scores

Manicaland Mountaineers – 126 all out in 40 overs (Tinashe Chimbambo 46, Ngoni Mupamba 15, Kevin Kasuza 14; Tony Munyonga 4/9, Brandon Mavuta 2/46)

Rising Stars – 127-1 in 26.4 overs (Tafadzwa Tsiga 48*, Tafara Mupariwa 43*, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 28; Tendai Chatara 1/17)

Rising Stars won by nine wickets. — zimcricket

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