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January 23, 2011
Southern Rocks 259 (Matsikenyeri 64, Mushangwe 3-71) and 158 for 3 (Marillier 62, Taibu 53*) drew with Mountaineers 218 (Kamungozi 4-60, Vitori 4-71)
Southern Rocks picked up a point from their match against Mountaineers at the Mutare Sports Club in a rain-affected match. With rain washing out the first day and most of the third, a result was never on the cards, but Rocks ensured they got something from the game by bowling Mountaineers out for 218 on the fourth day, 41 runs short of their own first-innings score.
Mountaineers started the last day at 77 for 2 and were soon 84 for 3. They continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, with the 46-run stand between Hamilton Masakadza and Mark Vermeulen the highest of the innings. Rocks seamer Brian Vitori and legspinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi took four wickets each.
Having secured the point, Rocks had some batting practice and Tatenda Taibu and Steve Marillier helped themselves to half-centuries. Neither of them had scored much in the first innings, but Stuart Matsikenyeri's 64 and contributions from Sikandar Raza and Tafadzwa Kamungozi down the order had taken Rocks to a respectable total.
Meanwhile, the match between Mid West Rhinos and Matabeleland Tuskers in Kwekwe was abandoned without a ball bowled due to a wet outfield.
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