After beating the Southern Rocks on Saturday, Namibia got back to losing ways with a five wicket defeat to the Mashonaland Eagles in the Stanbic Bank Twenty20 Cup in Harare.

Well, I say Namibia, but they've decided to adopt the moniker "Desert Vipers" for this tournament, but whatever you want to call them, they lost the toss and were put into bat.

Namibia started poorly and were reduced to 24-3 in the seventh over, but an 88 run partnership between Dwaine Pretorious and Norbert Manyande for the fourth wicket recovered the innings before Manyande was out for a well made 51. Pretorious stayed in for one more over, making 34, and Namibia went on to make 142-6 from their 20 overs.

The Eagles' reply was built around a fantastic innings of 74 from Dougie Marillier, who is returned to Zimbabwean cricket for the first time in five years in this Twenty20 tournament. He was eventually trapped lbw by Tony Palladino, but by then it was too late and the Eagles went on to win by five wickets with four balls to spare.

Namibia's next match is against the Mountaineers on Wednesday.

Mashonaland Eagles beat Desert Vipers (Namibia) by 5 wickets
Harare Sports Club, 15 February
Desert Vipers (Namibia) 142-6 (20 overs, N Manyande 51)
Mashonaland Eagles 143-5 (19.2 overs, D Marillier 74)