Amakhosi inch closer to top eight finish
Brandon Moyo, [email protected]
Playing in his first match of the league and the most important for Amakhosi Cricket Club, all-rounder, Ainsley Ndlovu put up a brilliant performance resulting in his team beating Scorpions Cricket Club at Bulawayo Athletic Club (BAC) yesterday.
Following the huge win, Amakhosi now have a chance to play in the T20 edition of the National Premier League (NPL).
Amakhosi registered a 159 runs win courtesy of Ndlovu’s excellent bowling performance.
Yesterday’s victory took Amakhosi to number eight on the standings with 60 points, 10 ahead of ninth placed Kadoma Cricket Club who will be in action today.
The top eight teams from the NPL will compete in the T20 edition of the country’s premier club cricket competition and Amakhosi are the only side from Bulawayo who are still within a chance of competing in the shorter version.
Their fate will be decided by the outcome of today’s game between Kadoma Cricket Club and Mbizo Cricket Club.
In yesterday’s encounter, Amakhosi were bowled out for 213 runs in 43,2 overs before going on to wipe out their opponents for just 54 runs in 13,5 overs courtesy of Ndlovu’s masterclass where he took a five-wicket haul.
Batting first, only one Amakhosi batter managed to score a half century, which came from the bat of Keith Ndlovu who fell for 53 runs off 56 balls. Farai Gunda chipped in with 33 runs after facing 61 deliveries. Gunda’s opening partner Adrian Mupembe chipped in with 24 runs from 42 balls. Nkosilathi Nungu finished with figures of 3/46 in 8,2 overs while Tawananyasha Kasondo, Tendai Chisoro and Nyasha Dube took two scalps each.
It was in the match’s second innings that Ndlovu put up a spell for the ages as they dominated the game. He finished with impressive figures of 6/24 in seven overs while Raymond Kasimo took two wickets for 10 runs in 2,5 overs and Thabo Mboyi claimed a single wicket for the Bulawayo side.
Ndlovu’s figures of 6/24 are now the fifth best bowling figures in an innings in the league and came at the right time to hand his side a chance of securing a top eight finish. He is only behind Tanatswa Bechani, Fortune Mhlanga, Carl Mumba and Matthew Campbell.
A total of six matches are scheduled to take place today at different venues across the country. Kadoma Cricket Club have a better net run rate than that of Amakhosi Cricket Club and a win today will see them secure eighth place.
From the matches taking place today, there will be another crunch encounter pitting defending champions Gladiators Cricket Club and title chasing Takashinga Patriots 1. The two are both in contention for the top honours.
NPL matches today
Mbizo Cricket Club vs Kadoma Cricket Club (Kwekwe Sports Club), BAC vs Westside Cricket Club (Masvingo Sports Club), Golden Bulls vs Queens Cricket Club (Queens Sports Club), Takashinga Patriots 2 vs Uprising Cricket Club (Takashinga Cricket Club), Mutare Sports Club vs Rainbow Cricket Club, Gladiators Cricket Club vs Takashinga Patriots 1 ( Old Hararians Cricket Club). — @brandon_malvin