BRIAN Chari of Tuskers scored more than the entire Mountaineers team in their Domestic Twenty20 Competition match at Harare Sports Club yesterday as the Mutare-based side collapsed in startling fashion for 69 all out.
Chari, the only batsman of the day apart from Sean Williams to reach a score of 20, began the match and batted almost throughout the Tuskers innings to score an outstanding 93 off 55 balls.
This gave Tuskers a good total of 175, and when Mountaineers lost early wickets in reply, their batting totally collapsed.
Mountaineers won the toss and put Tuskers in to bat under a sunny sky.
Chari made an aggressive start to the Tuskers innings, driving Shingi Masakadza through mid-off, with the help of a clumsy fielder, for four.
His partner Shoun Handirisi was equally aggressive, perhaps determined not to make the mistake he did against Eagles at Old Hararians yesterday, when he began a little too slowly.
Thirteen runs came off the opening over, and without taking unnecessary risks the pair kept the score ticking over quickly with good strokeplay.
They did a fine job to score 37 together before, in the fifth over, Handirisi scooped a catch to short third man off Donald Tiripano for 15.
The wicket might have been seen as a mixed blessing, as it brought in the outrageously in-form Craig Ervine.
This time, though, Ervine fell cheaply, scoring just two runs before he cut a ball from William Mashinge to be well caught by Wellington Masakadza at backward point.
Another left-hander, Sean Williams, looked likely to fill the gap unexpectedly left by Ervine, though, hitting Mashinge for three fours in no time at all, before turning his attention to Wellington Masakadza and scoring 18 off an over from him.
He raced to 41 off 24 balls before he drove over a yorker from Shingi Masakadza and was bowled, the score being 104 for three after 13 overs.
Tuskers: 175-6 in 20 overs (Brian Chari 93, Sean Williams 41, Shoun Handirisi 15; William Mashinge 1/27, Shingi Masakadza 1/30, Donald Tiripano 1/34)
Mountaineers: 69 in 13.2 overs (Roy Kaia 18, Tafadzwa Tsiga 16, Timycen Maruma 8; Milton Shumba 4/4, Sean Williams 2/12, Charlton Tshuma 2/13)
Tuskers won by 106 runs
Rhinos: 158-4 in 20 overs (Ryan Burl 77*, Prince Masvaure 53, PJ Moor 15; Trevor Garwe 3/25)
Eagles: 159-4 in 17.3 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 73, Richmond Mutumbami 34, Tino Mutombodzi 22*; Kyle Jarvis 1/23, Carl Mumba 1/33, Solomon Mire 1/36)
Eagles won by six wickets — Zimcricket.