The opening match of Day Two at the St George’s Smashing Cricket tourney commenced with Zimbabwean powerhouse Churchill taking on the equally strong St Alban’s from South Africa. The tourists had the upper hand before the match began, having won both of their last games. Churchill went down to Peterhouse late yesterday afternoon and were eager to make a swift comeback.
St Alban’s won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. St Alban’s opener Chris Roberts got the boys in grey off to a flier, scoring a quick 51 off 30 balls. Roberts fell soon after to the bowling of Brendan Mavuta. St Alban’s closed on 132/6, feeling that they could have added more to their total after their strong start.
Churchill took to the field with intent, looking for a bonus point to secure them a place at the top of Pool B. Openers, Serima and Mabore timed their shots sweetly and lifted Churchill to 20 without loss after three overs. The fall of opener Serima and the runouts of Mabore and Moyo left Churchill struggling At 40/3 after 11 overs. After 16 overs Churchill had stabilised bringing up their 100. The game was set to go down to the wire.
Churchill required six runs off the final over. Five wides from St Alban’s pacer gifted Churchill a much deserved and needed victory.