Zimbabwe pro-50 Championship December 8, 2012

Meth, Mpofu lead Tuskers to close win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matabeleland Tuskers 211 for 7 (Ali 48, Williams 48, Chatara 3-34) beat Mountaineers 210 (Sauramba 40, Mpofu 4-43) by nine runs (D/L method)
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An all-round effective bowling performance by Matabeleland Tuskers took them to a close nine-run win against Mountaineers in a rain-shortened contest at Mutare Sports Club. Chasing 220, Mountaineers were seven down for 164 when Natsai M'shangwe helped them accelerate to bring down their required run-rate to less than four runs per over with three overs remaining. But by then, they were eight down, and two wickets off the 41st over sealed a win for their opponents. Seamer Keegan Meth's two wickets and a run-out at crucial stages, and Chris Mpofu's four wickets, proved costly.

Matabeleland Tuskers' innings, earlier, progressed through stops and starts, and was built on two significant partnerships of over 70 each. After being put in to bat, seamer Tendai Chetara reduced them to 22 for 3, and a 75-run fourth-wicket stand between opener Moeen Ali and Sean Williams, both of whom scored 48, helped them recover. But Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano took two wickets each to leave them struggling at 139 for 7 in the 28th over. Charles Coventry and Glen Querl played patiently thereafter, adding 72, which helped them go past the 200-run mark.

Mountaineers, according to D/L calculations, required 219 off their 50 overs, and fell short.

Mashonaland Eagles 102 (Chakabva 42*) v Southern Rocks- Match abandoned

The game between Mashonaland Eagles and Southern Rocks was called off due to rain. After being put in to bat, Mashonaland Eagles batted for 21.5 overs before rain halted play, and rain would not allow play to resume again.