Mpofu destroys feeble Mashonaland
Christopher Mpofu did the early damage to reduce Mashonaland to 39 for 6, and returned at the end with two more wickets after a seventh-wicket stand of 21 had at least staved off a complete humiliation. He finished with 6 for 8 off 8.3 overs, his best return in a one-day match, as Mashonaland scraped to 87. Terry Duffin and Tinashe Hove knocked off the runs in the 19th over with no alarms.
The performance was a slap in the face for Bruce Makovah, the head of Mashonaland's selection committee and the man who was appointed to act as head of national selection earlier in the month. His hardline policy in excluding almost all the province's senior players backfired, but ominously it could be a sign of things to come on the national stage.
The other match in the first round between Midlands and new first-class province Masvingo was abandoned because of a wet outfield.