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January 26, 2012
Mid West Rhinos 212 (Ballance 101*, Hondo 4-40) & 34 for 1 drew with Mashonaland Eagles 207 (Muzhange 4-61) & 165 (Chinouya 5-45)
A century from Mid West Rhinos' captain, Gary Ballance, helped his team gain the first-innings' lead and a point from their drawn match against Mashonaland Eagles at the Harare Sports Club.
The Eagles chose to bat and were troubled by medium-pacer Richard Muzhange. Muzhange picked up four top and middle order wickets, as the Rhinos struck at regular intervals and kept the Eagles to 207. No one could manage more than wicketkeeper Ryan Bishop's 44 for the Eagles.
Apart from Ballance, none of the other Rhinos' batsmen could build long innings when it was their turn to bat. While Ballance made an unbeaten 101, the next highest scorer in the line-up was Riki Wessels with only 34. However, Ballance's effort was enough to secure a crucial five-run lead. The pick of the Eagles bowlers was Douglas Hondo, who ran through the lower half of the line-up with figures of 4 for 40.
The Eagles batsmen failed for the second time, being shot out for 165 in the second innings. This time new-ball bowler Michael Chinouya was their tormentor-in-chief, claiming 5 for 45 as well as a run out. That left the Rhinos 161 to get, but hardly any time to do so. Play ended with them on 34 for 1 after ten overs.
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