Tuskers clinch Zimbabwe Cricket Pro50 Championship

The Bulawayo Metropolitan Tuskers are the 2017 Zimbabwe Cricket Pro50 Championship winners with a game to spare after beating Manicaland Mountaineers by 7 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The match was cut short by bad light but the Tuskers had done enough to win the match.

The victory, their fourth in five matches, gave them an unassailable lead of 18 points on the standings of the List A competition, seven more than their nearest rivals, with one round of games to go.

Summary

Manicaland Mountaineers – 209 all out in 48.4/49 overs (Timycen Maruma 40, Tendai Chatara 37*, Shingi Masakadza 23; Brian Vitori 3/39, Ainsley Ndlovu 2/26, Thabo Mboyi 2/29, Ernest Masuku 2/57)

Bulawayo Metropolitan Tuskers – 166-3 in 42.0/42 overs, target 160 (Brian Chari 69*, Charles Kunje 40, Craig Ervine 25; Wellington Masakadza 1/33, Shingi Masakadza 1/35, Tafadzwa Kamungozi 1/40)

Bulawayo Metropolitan Tuskers won by seven runs (Duckworth-Lewis method)

In the other match Midlands Rhinos handed 2016 champions Harare Metropolitan Eagles their third loss of the campaign.

The 2-wicket victory came in large thanks to a century partnership between Peter Moor and Malcolm Waller.

It was a match that displayed the human fallibility of cricketers even more than usual, with batting collapses, needless gifting of valuable wickets and poor fielding quite commonplace — but these ingredients did result in an interesting match where the result was in doubt until the last ball.

Score summary

Harare Metropolitan Eagles – 174 all out in 42.1 overs (Chamu Chibhabha 59, Kudakwashe Bhasikoro 24, Nathan Waller 21; Graeme Cremer 3/25, Neville Madziva 2/30, Mike Chinouya 2/38)

Midlands Rhinos – 176-8 in 37.2 overs (PJ Moor 67, Malcolm Waller 57, Graeme Cremer 29*; Tino Mutombodzi 3/7, Brighton Zhawi 3/48)

Midlands Rhinos won by two wickets