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January 24, 2012
Southern Rocks collapsed twice in two days to give the Matabeleland Tuskers a ten-wicket win in a low-scoring match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Glen Querl picked up 5 for 28 in the first innings and Njabulo Ncube got 7 for 35 in the second, but, in a match dominated by the medium-pacers, half-centuries from Gavin Ewing and Richard Jones were as vital to the Tuskers' win.
Seventeen wickets fell on the first day. Querl rattled the Rocks top order and three run-outs in the innings also contributed to their slump to 83 all out. The Rocks raged back, and their medium-pacers reduced the Tuskers to 58 for 6. Ewing survived the early collapse and scored 53. Jones' 62, and his 48-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Bradley Staddon, ensured the Tuskers had a lead of 94 runs.
The Rocks had no answer to Ncube in the second innings, and only five batsmen reached double figures as they were bowled out for 125. That left the Tuskers just 32 runs to win, and their openers completed the job.
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