Pro50 Championship 2013-14 April 22, 2014

All-round Mountaineers breeze into final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mountaineers needed a win in their final group game to ensure their place in the Pro50 Championship 2013-14 final, and they put on a clinical show to swipe aside Mid West Rhinos and set up the title clash with Southern Rocks on April 30. Rhinos chose to bat, and Mountaineers' bowlers all contributed to restrict them to 180. The only resistance came from Tarisai Musakanda, who scored 71 off 99. Mountaineers' top order were then solid in reply, with Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza scoring fifties. Left-arm spinner Bradley Wadlan was the only Rhinos' bowler to make any inroads, taking all three wickets that fell, but that hardly jolted Mountaineers - they eased home with almost 10 overs to spare.

Mashonaland Eagles would have taken the other final spot had they beaten Matabeleland Tuskers, but they were edged out by eight runs. Tuskers chose to bat and were kept in check by regular strikes from Eagles. A half-century from captain Godwill Mamhiyo helped them push past 200. They finished on 202 for 8. This proved to be enough as their opening bowlers Tawanda Mupariwa and Steve Chimhamhiwa were both incisive and tidy, claiming six between them. Sikandar Raza provided some resistance with a rapid 65, but when he was out - the ninth wicket to fall - Eagles were still a way away from the target. A few anxious moments followed for Tuskers, even while hope sparked for Eagles, as Nos. 10 and 11 put together a dogged stand of 35. They had plenty of time, however, they couldn't quite finish the job, the final wicket falling with the score on 194 with more than four overs to spare.

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