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November 3, 2011
Matabeleland Tuskers demolished Mashonaland Eagles by an innings and 228 runs in Harare, to win their third match out of three in the Logan Cup 2011-12.
Choosing to bat, Tuskers were steered by their opener Paul Horton, who hit his 13th first-class century. Horton was supported by Craig Ervine and Keith Dabengwa, who hit patient half-centuries to take Tuskers past 400. They finished with 418, and then went on to rip apart the Eagles' line-up.
New-ball bowler Glen Querl bagged six wickets and Bradley Staddon the remaining four, as Eagles were shot out for 52 - Nos. 6 to 11 failed to score a run. Following on, Eagles' batsmen failed a second time, as they folded for 138, Peter Moor's 29 being the biggest contribution.
Querl, again, was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets in a miserly spell - he conceded 19 runs in 18 overs. Thabo Mboyi played the support role with three middle-order scalps.
Mountaineers registered their first win of the competition, a three-wicket victory over Mid West Rhinos in Kwekwe.
Being asked to bat, Rhinos were driven by a century from captain Gary Balance and a knock of 98 from Roland Benade in their first innings, which took them to 309. Fast bowler Shingi Masakadza took his sixth five-for in the innings.
Mountaineers, in reply, could muster only 224 despite Kevin Kasuza's unbeaten 132. Ed Rainsford and Richard Muzhange did most of the damage with the ball, claiming three wickets apiece. However, a second-innings collapse from Rhinos tilted the game in Mountaineers favour. Rhinos folded for 143 as none of their batsmen managed a fifty, and Mountaineers' new-ball bowler Tendai Chatara bagged five.
Needing 229 for a win, Mounaineers were held together by Ned Eckersley, who made 85. That, in combination with a couple of cameos from the middle order, was just enough to carry the team home.
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