Pro50 Championship 2013-14 December 7, 2013

Bowlers help Rocks clinch low-scorer

ESPNcricinfo staff

A combined bowling performance helped Southern Rocks defend a meagre 140 against Matabeleland Tuskers in the opening day of Zimbabwe's domestic season, in Masvingo. The Tuskers failed to put on decent partnerships and were struggling at one stage at 70 for 5, dented by strikes by Tinashe Panyangara and Trevor Garwe. A 42-run stand for the sixth wicket between Tawanda Mupariwa and Bradley Staddon helped the Tuskers recover, but timely strikes by the offspinner Roy Kaia brought Rocks back into the game. There was no fight left in the Tuskers and they folded for 129. Rocks, after being put in to bat, started steadily, moving to 80 for 2 before they too collapsed. Richard Mutumbami resisted with 45 but he and the rest succumbed to the seam duo of Mupariwa and Christopher Mpofu, who shared seven wickets between them.

In another low-scoring game, at the Harare Sports Club, Mashonaland Eagles chased 119 to beat Mid West Rhinos by three wickets. The Eagles were on track at 54 for 1 at the chase but lost their way when three wickets fell for 14 runs. Chamu Chibhabha held the chase together with a patient 43 off 110 balls before he was dismissed by Mkhululi Nyathi, with his side needing a further 21. Joylord Gumbie steered his side home with an unbeaten 25. After being put in to bat, the Rhinos never recovered properly from their top-order collapse. Most of the damage was done by the right-arm seamer Admire Manyumwa, who reduced the Rhinos to 37 for 6. Neville Madziva and Nyathi resisted to take the score past 100, but the Rhinos were bowled out with seven overs to spare.

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  • ZCF on December 8, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    I go on about AB being averse to bat at 3 for the Proteas in ODIs, the same for Michael Clarke, and now it seems Bell&KP were all to happy sacrifice young Joe Root after it was proven that opening(hence first drop) are a big ask for him at this level.

    Now here we see the same cowardly spirit continues in Zim cricket where Williams&Malcolm Waller are concerned! How on earth does Williams, as captain, bat lower than Dabengwa&Mamhiyo? Did he not learn from Gavin Ewing that you lead from the front. If there was ever a time for Malcolm to step up it was now. Ballance left, he continued to hide from the top, Taylor is absent & still he persists. Taylor another usual suspect will also probably be happy to let one of the kids face while he saves himself from opening alongside Vusi!

    PJ Moor who should have jumped at the opportunity to open, it appears this symptom of a particular group(albeit shrinking)being allergic to the new ball(for high scores for national selection) has rubbed onto him

  • ZCF on December 8, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Great to see Zim cricket action back on! Well I did say the same thing about the EPL, but both the Red Devils, & now my Tuskers are of to a horrible start with no lasting relief in the horizon!

    Disappointing from the batsmen particularly internationals Raza,Vusi&Malcolm. The bowlers led by Mpofu&the measly Panyangara were brilliant!

    Anyway nice to see some old faces returning, which goes to show that even though the B League&Club cricket were pretty much non-existent and the guys couldn't get playing spots in the franchises their love of the game kept them around.

    Some guys have retired semi/fully, Matsikenyeri (who will no doubt return at some point during the season) being the biggest loss for me. Apart from scarce earnings for the locals, the absence of needless imports - mostly substandard reserve county bats - will do a lot of good as well. This has freed slots for some young loyal&committed sons of the Zimbabwean soil who will ensure that cricket stays alive for years to come!

  • Graham on December 7, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Sounds like the groundsmen in Zimbabwe do not have any cash for pitch preparation....or the player quality is at an all time low...both options are viable.

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