Munyonga hits century in NPL T20 Blast

Tony Munyonga

A brilliant century from Tony Munyonga led Gladiators to a fine seven-wicket victory over Uprising as the two powerful Chitungwiza-based teams clashed at Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday.

Uprising, put in to bat, did well to score 193 for six wickets in their 20 overs, mainly due to fifties from Brian Bennett (54 off 35 balls) and Aisha Chibanda (64 not out off 37).

Owen Muzondo was the best of the Gladiators bowlers with two top-order wickets for 14 in his three overs.

A good opening spell by Victor Nyauchi removed the renowned opening pair of Ashley Mufandauya and Wessly Madhevere in his first two overs, and the score was 24 for two in the fourth over.

Clive Madande made 17, and Munyonga came in at 47 for three wickets and tore the bowling to shreds.

Milton Shumba at the other end did little more than stand and watch, without even much running to do, in his innings of 34 not out off 35 balls as Munyonga brilliantly led the victory charge.

Nyauchi returned to bowl the 18th over with Munyonga on 76 and off five legitimate deliveries Munyonga hit him for three sixes and two fours, the final maximum bringing up his century and a remarkable victory to Gladiators.

His 102 not out came off only 45 balls and included seven sixes and eight fours.

At Takashinga Cricket Club, Trevor Gwandu turned in a fine all-round performance for Takashinga Patriots 2 on their home ground on Saturday as Westside lost a wonderful opportunity to record a rare victory over them.

Takashinga made a most disastrous start after opting to bat in this NPL T20 Blast match.

Cephas Zhuwao scored 15 off five balls before being caught off the sixth, and then the entire top order collapsed mainly to the bowling of Hendricks Macheke, who took four wickets for 13 runs.

Five wickets were down for 24 and the score was seven down for 43 when Gwandu arrived at the crease.

Gwandu proceeded to make the top score of 30 off 24 balls before being run out, with support from Tashinga Musekiwa (19) and Cuthbert Musoko (29 not out), but even so the eventual score of 131 for nine wickets was not a good one.

Then Gwandu had Definate Mawadzi caught off the first ball of the innings, and the Westside batters struggled.

Bright Njanji (34) and Prosper Mugeri (19) seemed to have their innings on course again as they took the score to 73 before the fifth wicket fell.

Then Gwandu returned and removed Njanji and Fortune Mhlanga in three deliveries, and that was the end of Westside’s challenge as they slumped to 98 all out.

Gwandu took three wickets for eight runs in three overs as the Takashinga fightback brought them a rather unlikely victory by 33 runs.

In another match, a good partnership between the Masakadza brothers, Hamilton and Wellington, steadied the Takashinga Patriots 1 innings after they lost four wickets and ensured a five-wicket victory over Mutare Sports Club in the end.

Mutare, put in to bat, had a bad start and a bad ending, with just one good partnership in the middle.

Four wickets down in the first seven overs for only 28 runs put them at a severe disadvantage, but then came the respite, as Kudzai Sauramba hit 30 off 21 balls and Donald Tiripano 22 off 12, putting on 44 for the fifth wicket in just four overs.

When the tail could add little, and Mutare just crawled past the 100 mark to finish with a total of 106.

Richard Ngarava, with one wicket at the start and two at the end, was the most successful bowler with three for six in 2.4 overs.

Takashinga had no difficult task to face, but they made rather heavy weather of it, as Joylord Gumbie with 31 off 25 balls was the only batter among the first four to reach double figures, and four wickets were down for 51, two of them to Tiripano.

This was where the Masakadza partnership took place, with Hamilton the dominant force, scoring 33 off 31 balls before being out just short of victory.

Wellington with 19 not out saw Takashinga home without further loss.

At Kwekwe Sports Club, Johnathan Campbell fought in vain to score 48 not out off 43 balls for Rainbow, but he could not find enough support from his team-mates to avoid a 12-run defeat in their bottom-of-the-table contest.

Amakhosi decided to bat, but could score only 137 for eight wickets in their 20 overs, with their opening batter Nkosana Mpofu being the top scorer with 29.

Victor Chirwa was the best of the bowlers with three wickets for 20 off his four overs.

Ernest Masuku dismissed the Rainbow openers for 39, but Nyasha Mayavo revived the innings with 36 off 28 balls.

After he was run out at 81 for three, though, Campbell could find little support from his partners and Rainbow fell behind the run rate, in spite of losing only four wickets.


TAKASHINGA PATRIOTS 2 — 131-9 in 20 overs (Trevor Gwandu 30, Cuthbert Musoko 29*, Tashinga Musekiwa 19; Hendricks Macheke 4/13, Fortune Mhlanga 1/14, Prosper Mugeri 1/17)

WESTSIDE — 98 all out in 17.3 overs (Bright Njanji 34, Prosper Mugeri 19, Tinashe Muchawaya 14; Trevor Gwandu 3/8, Tashinga Musekiwa 2/12, Antum Naqvi 2/20)

RESULT: Takashinga Patriots 2 won by 33 runs

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UPRISING — 193-6 in 20 overs (Aisha Chibanda 64*, Brian Bennett 54, Nick Welch 34; Owen Muzondo 2/14, Milton Shumba 1/22, Ashley Mufandauya 1/26)

GLADIATORS — 199-3 in 17.5 overs (Tony Munyonga 102*, Milton Shumba 34*, Clive Madande 17; Victor Nyauchi 2/47, Luke Jongwe 1/35)

RESULT: Gladiators win by seven wickets 

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MUTARE SPORTS CLUB — 106 all out in 17.4 overs (Kudzai Sauramba 30, Donald Tiripano 22, Clive Chitumba 10*; Richard Ngarava 3/6, Wellington Masakadza 2/30, Carl Mumba 1/8)

TAKASHINGA PATRIOTS 1 — 107-5 in 16.4 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 33, Joylord Gumbie 31, Wellington Masakadza 19*; Donald Tiripano 2/29, Tendai Chatara 2/30, Nkosilathi Nungu 1/11)

RESULT: Takashinga Patriots 1 won by five wickets

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AMAKHOSI — 137-8 in 20 overs (Nkosana Mpofu 29, Thabo Mboyi 20, Tawana Mhora 17; Victor Chirwa 3/20, Patrick Nyamapfeni 2/28, Daniel Jakiel 1/14)

RAINBOW – 125-4 in 20 overs (Johnathan Campbell 48*, Nyasha Mayavo 36, Kumbirayi Phiri 14; Ernest Masuku 2/29, Keith Ndlovu 1/29)

RESULT: Amakhosi won by 12 runs


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