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May 16, 2009
Northerns and Westerns won through to the final of Zimbabwe's domestic Twenty20 competition. The two teams only won three of their six matches but finished well clear of third-placed Centrals; Easterns, who only last week won the Logan Cup, finished bottom of the pile.
Westerns, who finished bottom in the Logan Cup without a win, had Mark Vermeulen to thank for their reversal of fortune. Returning after a troubled few years when it seemed he would never play at a representative level again, he was by a long margin the leading run-scorer, with 289 runs at 48.16.
He also scored one of only two hundreds - 108 in a remarkable tied game against Centrals - with the other coming from Northerns' Elton Chigumbura.
|13 May 2009||Westerns||4||Easterns||0||Table | Match|
|14 May 2009||Northerns||2||Westerns||2||Table | Match|
|15 May 2009||Northerns||5||Easterns||0||Table | Match|
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