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.