Zimbabwe cricket and Matebeleland Taskers bowler Christopher Mpofu scored the first century of the Spar Bonsa T20 league season 1, his first in Blazers colors. The milestone occurred during the play-offs against Tigers at the Heath Streak Academy in Bulawayo on Sunday.
Mpofu completed 103 runs off just 49 balls, propelling Blazers to 223 in 20 overs and earning his team two batting bonus points. The 32 year old who is one of the best bowlers in Zimbabwe is a world record holder for conceding the least number of runs (6runs) without bowling a maiden over in a T20 International match. Mpofu has been working on his batting skills for the past two years and has improved tremendously in that department leading to him posting impressive strike rates in the domestic league.
“I remember telling a friend of mine that I will score a century during this tournament, but never thought that it will come today, I got really fired up when the guys yelled that I was close to getting to a 100, I never imagined myself that close” he said in a post match interview as he received his man of the match accolade.
The Blazers and Tigers match was the major highlight of the day and was an extremely high scoring affair. Butjilo Ncube scored 25 runs and Thabo Mboyi posted 31 runs, inspiring Blazers to the massive win.Tigers were equally game for the margin that had been posted by the Blazers Bright Phiri who scored a quick 59 runs while Senyo Nyakutse scored 19, it was after the fall of these two that resulted in a disaster for the Tigers. Tinashe Mujuru weighed in with 27 runs but despite all the effort they got 185 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.
The league which has been growing since its inception 6 weeks ago has been described by Zim cricket and Tuskers all rounder Sean Williams as the most organised cricket tournament in Zimbabwe as it brings more exposure to young cricket players. Williams also made his debut in the Spar Bonsa T20 League and featured for the Hawks who got a 7 wicket win over Raptors in a match that they were so eager to win.
In another match of the day Sabres faced Badgers in a top versus bottom clash. A good batting performance saw Badgers post 137 with Thamasanqa Nunu scoring top with 57 runs. Sabres lost 4 wickets in a space of 15 runs, succumbing to a 111 all out handing Badgers a 26 runs victory.
The league takes a break next Sunday due to the Heroes weekend and will resume with a double header on the weekend of 18th and 19th August, setting the stage for the finals on August 26.