Coca-Cola Pro50 Championship September 24, 2011

Tuskers post convincing win

ESPNcricinfo staff

An all-round show from the Matabeleland Tuskers carried them to a convincing win over the Mountaineers in the first round of the matches of the Coca Cola Pro50 Championship at the Mutare Sports Club.

After being sent in to bat, Tuskers got off to a wobbly start losing three wickets with 52 runs of the board. However a 61-run third-wicket partnership between Craig Ervine and Keith Dabengwa steadied the innings. Ervine was dismissed for 47, but Dabengwa, who remained unbeaten on 82, combined with No. 7 Keegan Meth (43*) to put on an unbroken 108-run stand that lifted Tuskers to a solid 240 for 5.

In reply, the Mountaineers' batsmen never got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Masakadza, batting at No. 8, managed to get into the twenties as they were bowled out for 109 in just under 34 overs. Chris Mpofu and Meth did the damage, picking up four wickets apiece as Tuskers registered a comfortable 131-run win.

In a rain-affected match at the Masvingo Sports Club, Mashonaland Eagles beat Southern Rocks by six wickets (D/L method).

The match was reduced to 40 overs after rain stopped play just 2.1 into the Rocks innings. Three of their batsmen got into the twenties while Mark Vermeulen top scored with 41, but none of them went on to make a big score as they were restricted to 186 for 8. Nathan Waller and Mark Mbofana picked up two wickets apiece.

Eagles lost Sikandar Raza in the second over but Forster Mutizwa, unbeaten on 73, and Stuart Matsikenyeri (26) and Mbofana (24*) ensured there were no further alarms as Eagles reached the target with 13 balls to spare.

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  • Bryton on September 25, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Good to see a good Tuskers getting off to a flier. Great to see Meth back and uninterrupted. If I can trust the scorecard, mention should also go to Mpofu for his 4 at an economy of 1.9 with 3 maidens in there. Also good 82* to Dabengwa.

  • Dummy4 on September 25, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Nice to see him back with much actions!

  • Ravi on September 25, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    I am very very happy now because Keegan Meth is back in action and doing well. Felt very bad when he was injured. Play well Meth and help Zim to win many matches.

  • raymond on September 25, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Good to see Meth back in action- a real talent indeed, he could be zimbabwes Mitchell Johnston- mpofu in scintillating form as usual- what's the story with sikandar raza, will he play for zimbabwe or not- be good to see ballade playing in the new Zealand series - ENGLAND GET YOUR HANDS OFF ZIMBABWES PLAYERS! they already have another one of zims coaches- they took a few captains down the years and now this - Ireland south Africa and zim should make official protests against the english destabilising efforts! Would be good to watch the Zimbabwe leagues on telly - anybody know how or where to look?

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