Pro50 Championship 2013-14 April 14, 2014

Masakadza stars in Mountaineers' win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mid West Rhinos collapsed in the face of a modest target, losing by 22 runs to Matabeleland Tuskers in Bulawayo. Chasing 165, Rhinos were comfortably placed at 72 for 2, but the loss of Brendan Taylor triggered a collapse, with the offspinner John Nyumbu running through the middle order with a four-wicket haul.

Taylor and Malcolm Waller added an exact 50 for the third wicket after the openers fell early. Taylor was run out for a brisk 47 off 49 balls in the 16th over and in the following over, Nyumbu struck with his first wicket, dismissing Peter Moor for a duck. The Rhinos lost their way and when Waller was trapped lbw by Nyumbu for 40, they were struggling at 125 for 7. The innings was wrapped up in the 35th over and the bottom-placed Tuskers picked up their third win. Earlier, the Tuskers batsmen too struggled to put up big partnerships. At 95 for 7, they were struggling to post a competitive score, but a 52-run stand for the eighth wicket between Nyumbu and Tawanda Mupariwa turned out to be crucial to the final outcome. The left-arm spinner Bradley Wadlan picked up 3 for 24.

It was a one-sided game at Mutare Sports Club, with Mountaineers strolling by nine wickets against Southern Rocks. Chasing a meagre 139, Hamilton Masakadza smashed an unbeaten 83 off 78 balls to power Mountaineers home in just 27 overs. The opener Tino Mawoyo made a more sedate 34 off 65 balls with two boundaries but it was Masakadza who took charge with 11 fours and two sixes in his knock to guide his side to their third win.

The Mountaineers could have been chasing a more paltry target, having flattened the Rocks to 26 for 5 at one stage. The seamers did the damage, with Tendai Chatara removing the openers before Donald Tiripano ran through the middle order to finish with 3 for 39. Stubborn resistance from the lower order kept the Mountaineers in the field for nearly all the 50 overs, but they could only muster 138. Prince Masvaure top scored with 34.

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  • Farai on April 15, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    @woodgreen Meth, Cremer, Erwing, Duffin, Ervine C, Lamb, Rainsford, Querl, Coventry etc as far as i'm aware all of them have quit. Cremer is trying to become a professional golf player at the moment. The white guys are lucky because they have choices but the black guys cricket is all they have. the way of life sometimes

  • Graham on April 15, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I think you will find Meth turning out in Irish League cricket soon , with some other Zimbabweans, helping Irish cricket develop, the standard there will be as good as this domestic cricket , and more rewarding, not just financially...

  • jim on April 14, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Whatever happened to Keegan Meth.Injured,retired??Anyone know?

  • Farai on April 14, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @grahaam I very much hope so. but i tend to think it's the latter. these boys need to learn the art of batting very quick. and to help the balance i think players like mutumbami, jongwe and r kaia should go to the tuskers or rhinos when the rocks are eroded because they are struggling. the mountaneers team could also just be the zimbabwe team. their players usually play one sided matches because they have the best bowling and batting lineup. maybe some of their players should be relocated to other franchises

  • Graham on April 14, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    I hope the wickets are in poor condition, otherwise these results indicate a low standard of cricket, we were briefly given some hope yesterday when we heard on this site that effectively the ICC had paid off ZC bank debts. However this disclosure was soon removed from the site, anyone know what that was about?

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