Marillier century halts Rhinos' push for victory
Mid West Rhinos 609 for 7 dec (Taylor 185, Sibanda 128, Waller 116) drew with Southern Rocks 287 (Taibu 67, Raza 51, Cremer 5-101) and 282 for 5 (Marillier 148*, Nicolson 3-33)
Opener Steve Marillier's marathon, unbeaten century halted Mid West Rhinos' charge towards an innings victory and helped Southern Rocks draw their second game of the Logan Cup in Masvingo.
Following on after conceding a 322-run first-innings lead, Rocks were left with the task of batting out four sessions to save the game. But for Marillier's effort, they would have struggled to do so. After his partner Sikandar Raza was dismissed with the score on zero, Marillier - playing only his eighth first-class game - faced 380 deliveries and remained not out on 148, his maiden century. The next highest score was Craig Ervine's 46. The match was called off with Rocks on 282 for 5 after 119 overs.
The Rhinos' commanding position in the game was built by first-innings hundreds from Brendan Taylor, their captain Vusi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller. They piled up 609 for 7 after getting sent in by Rocks. An opening stand of 180 between Taylor and Friday Kasteni, who made 61, set the tone for the middle order to build the huge total.
In reply, half-centuries from Tatenda Taibu and Raza could not help Rocks avoid the follow-on. Legspinner Graeme Cremer picked up his 12th five-wicket haul in 61 first-class games to dismiss Rocks for 287. Sibanda immediately enforced the follow-on, but Marillier's effort meant Rhinos had to be content with earning only one point for the first-innings lead from the game.