Eagles v Tuskers, Pro50 final, Bulawayo January 19, 2013

Mashonaland Eagles win rain-hit final

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Mashonaland Eagles 222 (Utseya 53, Meth 3-54) beat Matabeleland Tuskers 203 for 8 (Ewing 94, Utseya 3-41) by five runs (D/L method)
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An all-round performance by offspinner Prosper Utseya helped Mashonaland Eagles beat Matabeleland Tuskers by five runs to win the Pro50 Championship final in Bulawayo, in a match that was repeatedly interrupted by rain. The result was decided via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Tuskers, who won the toss and elected to bowl, kept Eagles' innings in check with regular breakthroughs. While most of the middle order got starts, Utseya, coming in to bat at No. 7, was the only batsman to reach 50. He was given out obstructing the field as Eagles were kept to 222 in 49.1 overs.

Tuskers looked to be in control of the chase, in spite of several rain interruptions, as the opening pair of Gavin Ewing and Brian Chari added 138 runs. They began sedately but solidly, and launched later when the rain seemed like it would be an issue. However, wickets then began to tumble and apart from a late charge from Charles Coventry, none of the other Tuskers batsmen could make substantial contributions. Tuskers needed 23 runs from 18 balls, before rain interrupted their chase yet again and the D/L method came into play.

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  • Joe on January 21, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    This is ridiculous! Zimbabwe are a full member nation and haven't played International Cricket since the beginning of 2012 against New Zealand and their next International assignment is not until late February away to the West Indies meaning they haven't played a full series for well over a year. These teams will always remain minnows if they are not given their fair share of games and Cricket in the long term will lose everything and damage itself especially when crowd and television ratings are shrinking. Ideally I would like to include Ireland and maybe someone else along with the elite so you have a good set of teams at the lower end and can get plenty of games since for some silly reason, the bigger teams don't want to play them. Please spread the game something Cricket desperately needs as most of the world hasn't even heard of Cricket.

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