Southern Rocks v Mountaineers, Pro50 Championship 2013-14, final April 30, 2014

Maruma, Chatara take Mountaineers to title win

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Mountaineers 178 for 3 (Maruma 69*, Kamungozi 2-42) beat Southern Rocks 174 (Chisoro 42*, Chatara 4-37) by seven wickets
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An unbeaten half-century by Timycen Maruma and a four-wicket haul by Tendai Chatara paved the way for a dominating performance from Mountaineers against Southern Rocks and led them to the Pro50 Championship title win at the Mutare Sports Club.

Mountaineers, who had finished at the top of the table after the league stage, opted to field and fired the first salvo as Chatara struck twice in two balls in the fourth over of the innings to leave Rocks on 4 for 2. Those early losses dried up the runs and the escape Rocks must have hoped for did not come. They kept on losing regular wickets to slump to 78 for 7 in the 27th over. Then came the resistance - a 63-run stand between Tendai Chisoro and Luke Jongwe - that took the total past the three-figure mark and helped avoid a total capitulation. Chatara came back to clean up the tail to finally end the innings on 174.

Faced with a middling target, the Mountaineers batting had a few jitters when they lost both their openers in quick succession to Tafandzwa Kamungozi after a solid start. However, that proved to be the last spike in Rocks' fortunes for the day as Hamilton Masakadza and Maruma blunted the bowling with a 72-run stand for the third wicket. Although Masakdza fell for 39, Maruma didn't have to force the pace as the required rate was below three an over. He reached his half-century with a single off the 69th delivery he faced and only accelerated towards the finish line to complete the chase with 10.5 overs to spare.

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  • ZCF on April 30, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations to the Goats - again! A powerful franchise that truly reflects the successes of the ZC transformation programme(unlike my previously dominant Tuskers). Proud of you boys. Perfect template for CSA. Unfortunately for Goats(&Eagles) - ZC(&BCB) not part of the CLT20!

    Brilliant from Maruma. The best & most consistent batsman in Zimbabwe's domestic setup since 2011/12 ssn. Dragging his FC&ListA averages from single digits&teens to the twenties-as the seasons have gradually shrunk, is an unbelievable feat. One wonders what his stats would look like if his career had started in 2011 and he wasn't tied up unused in national team camps while some players are cashing in on weakened bowling back home.

    The only way is up for young Chatara. I'd really love it if NZC would lend Chris Martin to work with this young boy. Perfect fit.

    From the dissolved Rocks hopefully Panyangara,Mutumbami,Jongwe&Roy Kaia can join the Tuskers next season. Chisoro,Garwe&Kamungozi can go to the Rhinos.

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