Veteran batsman Grant Flower made a losing start as Matabeleland Tuskers beat Mashonaland Eagles by four wickets in the MetBank Pro40 cricket championship match played at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Flower joined Eagles last month and could only manage 10 runs, falling at the hands of paceman Chris Mpofu who returned impressive figures of 3/32 as Tuskers chased down Eagles total of 196 all out from 35.1 overs.
Tuskers won the toss and chose to field but only Ryan Butterworth (45) and Forster Mutizwa (39) made good figures before John Nyumbu (2/22) and Keegan Meth 2/40) in addition to Mpofu’s three wicket haul ensured a less competitive score.
Terrence Duffin ensured there was no sweat in the chase, putting away 88 off 97 balls-a tally that included 11 boundaries as they won the game after 35.5 overs with 25 balls to spare.
Charles Coventry added 29 from 22 balls.
Greg Lamb claimed 3/42 for Eagles.
At Kwekwe Sports Club, Mountaineers beat MidWest Rhinos by 43 runs after the Duckworth/Lewis method had been applied after rains halted play.
Mountaineers made 301/7 after 40 overs after four half centuries.
Tino Mawoyo piled 50 off 57 balls, Timycen Maruma plundered 59 off 39 balls while the South African-born pair of Gregory Smith and Jonathan Buekes were also on song with 57 off 38 and 67 off 54 respectively.
In response, Brendan Taylor’s 67,achieved from just 38 balls, was the highest figure in the Rhinos innings as they made 177/6 after 27.4 overs, until rains intervened before the application of the D/L method to determine the result.