Pro50 Championship 2013-14 March 24, 2014

Rocks stunned by Wadlan assault

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bradley Wadlan was all over table-toppers Southern Rocks and handed them their first defeat in the Pro50 Championship. His three wickets offered Mid West Rhinos a modest target which was shot down without a single casualty, with Wadlan himself scoring 78 of the required 146 runs. The slide began with a double-strike in the eighth over and Rocks, who were sent in, were never able to recover. The constant need for rebuilding left Rocks with little time to build momentum and Wadlan was one of the major thorns, picking up two wickets in two balls in the 26th over. Soon after, the top-scorer Roy Kaia was out for 36 and Rocks crumbled for 145. The chase wouldn't have bothered Rhinos and the way the openers Wadlan and Vusi Sibanda (63) took to their task would have put the dressing room at considerable ease and now sit in third place with the victory.

Harare was the scene of the other low-scoring encounter for the day as Mountaineers breezed past Mashonland Eagles by seven wickets. An all-round bowling effort led by Donald Tiripano (3-11) kept Eagles to a manageable 107. Opener Kevin Kazusa set the platform with a controlled 46 and Hamilton Masakadza racked up a 31-ball 41 and opener and struck the winning boundary. Tiripano and Shingi Masakadza accounted for the top-four batsmen with Eagles still searching for their fifty. Natsai M'shangwe, who had recently fought back into the national T20 XI, chipped in with two wickets as Eagles were routed well short of their allotted 50 overs.

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  • Julian on March 30, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    I can't think of any County players who have struggled in Zimbabwe of recent times except maybe Ben Slater and Matthew Pardoe who had mixed results …..

    2nd XI county players like Pettini, Housego, Burgourne, Waldan etc have flourished …...

  • Graham on March 28, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    @ZCFOUTKAST. Wessels, Ballance , S Ervine, Moin, etc are accomplished county players to name a few , , who have thrived in ZIM (not utterly useless) and they gave their time and skills, to help local players in their development. Rocks had a couple of Derbyshire 2nd last year who held their own well in alien conditions.....Zim needs to attract more people like young Wadlan to help develop the game....He was obviously the best player at the ground on the day, yet plays Minor County Cricket , draw your own conclusions...

  • ZCF on March 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    @graham what of the accomplished County players who have been utterly useless in the Logan Cup recently? What does that say of the standard of cricket in Zimbabwe? Please pick them out, review the scoreboards and tell me if it's not the bulk of the same players they were up against! I would do that for you but that would be too easy. At least this way you'll work before spewing such inconsistencies.

  • Graham on March 28, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    As an indicator of the low quality of cricket in Zimbabwe a UK Minor county player is a stand out Man of the Match for Rhinos.

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