Mashonaland Eagles and Southern Rocks returned to winning ways after posting crucial victories in rain-affected matches in the Metbank Pro40 cricket competition on Sunday.
Regis Chakabva scored an unbeaten 47 from 42 balls while Cephas Zhuwawo smashed a quickfire 36 from 24 balls to help Eagles cruise to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Eagles with four overs to spare.
Eagles won the toss and elected to field but after only two overs the rains descended on Harare Sports Club, leading to the match being reduced to 25 overs aside.
The experienced trio of Andrew Hall, Douglas Hondo and off-spinner Raymond Price grabbed two wickets apiece to restrict Rhinos to 120 for seven in their allotted 25 overs.
Veteran seamer Hondo made the crucial breakthrough after dismissing Gary Balance for a duck with only his second delivery of the innings and Rhinos never recovered from the early setback.
Rikki Wessels was the only Rhinos player to show any resistance with a 42-ball 43 while Remembrance Nyathi scored 29 runs.
In reply a first wicket partnership of 41 runs between Prince Masvaure and Zhuwawo set the platform for the home side before Chakabva hit two fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 47 to see Eagles home.
The win, which was only their second in seven matches which guaranteed them four points, did not see them move up on the log standings because of Southern Rocks’ win.
At Masvingo Sports Club, Southern Rocks leapfrogged Matabeleland Tuskers into second place after a 45-run victory against the Bulawayo based side in a high-scoring match on Sunday.
Tuskers dropped to third place after the match when the former collected four points due to the result.
Openers Sikandar Razza 80 from 59 balls and Chamunorwa Chibhabha 89 from 83 balls inspired Rocks to a convincing win after the 32 overs aside match was affected by rainy weather.
Tuskers’ decision to field first after winning the toss backfired after Razza and Chibhabha shared a first-wicket stand of 160 runs which lead to Rocks posting 253 runs for six at just under eight runs an over.
Right arm off break bowler Hilary Matanga was the pick of the bowlers for Rocks with four wickets for 30 runs in six overs.
Tuskers’ skipper Gavin Ewing (41) and Paul Horton (48) top-scored for the visitors but they could not match the levels which had been set by Chibhabha and Razza.