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February 9, 2012
Matabeleland Tuskers' fast bowlers blew away Mashonaland Eagles for 70 in the second innings to give their side an innings-and-30 run win in Bulawayo. There were only two scores of over 50 in the match, and both of them were made by the Tuskers' openers, Paul Horton and Terry Duffin. Glen Querl and Richard Jones struck thrice each after Tuskers chose to field and dismissed Eagles for 181. The top order managed starts but could not carry on, and the rest of the line-up fell apart. Horton (65) and Duffin (104) responded with an opening stand of 147. Tuskers went past 181 with only one wicket down. At 217 for 1, they were eyeing a huge total, but Innocent Chinyoka and Tinotenda Mutombodzi triggered a collapse and Tuskers were bowled out for 281. Querl and Jones took seven wickets between them to ensure that Eagles were not able to even make Tuskers bat again. Only two Eagles batsmen managed double-digit scores as they were shot out for 70.
Daryl Mitchell, Vusi Sibanda and Gary Ballance made centuries in the drawn game between Mountaineers and Mid West Rhinos at the Mutare Sports Club. Tendai Chatara grabbed five wickets to dismiss Rhinos for 253 with only Steve Marillier and Roland Benade making decent contributions. Mitchell (178) and Mark Pettini (68) put on 183 for the third wicket to boost Mountaineers to 243 for 2 but the innings unravelled after that to end on 313. Neville Madziva picked up four wickets while Simon Mugava took three. Rhinos piled on the runs in the second innings with Sibanda (162) and Ballance (116) adding 232 for the second wicket. They declared on 421 for 6 after which the game ended with Mountaineers on 85 for 2.
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Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?