Raza, Tikolo take Rocks to four-wicket victory

Southern Rocks 256 for 6 (Raza 77, Tikolo 56*) beat Mashonaland Eagles 252 for 7 (Lamb 96, Mahlunge 47, Tikolo 2-46) by four wickets

Sikandar Raza and Steve Tikolo hit half-centuries to steer Southern Rocks to a four-wicket victory over Mashonaland Eagles in the Metbank One-Day Competition, chasing down their target of 253 with 11 balls to spare in the 40-over match.

Pakistan-born Raza laid the foundation for the chase after his partner Steve Marillier was bowled by fast-bowler Douglas Hondo off the first ball of the innings. Raza hit eight fours and a six in his 77, which came off 61 deliveries. It was his maiden List A half-century.

Former Kenya captain Tikolo guided his side home in what could have become a tense chase after six wickets had fallen with 47 runs still needed from 32 deliveries. Tikolo and Tendai Chisoro ensured there were no further hiccups with an unbroken 50-run stand that came off just 3.3 overs.

Greg Lamb had earlier played an aggressive knock of 96 off 78 deliveries to lift the Eagles from 103 for 5 to 252 for 7. Lamb added 116 runs for the sixth wicket with Tarisai Mahlunge who made 47 off 49. Tikolo was the best bowler for the Rocks, taking 2 for 46 in eight overs.

The Rocks earned four points for their victory.

Rocks 2nd innings Partnerships

1st0Sikandar RazaSJ Marillier
2nd57T TaibuSikandar Raza
3rd44CR ErvineSikandar Raza
4th39S MatsikenyeriSikandar Raza
5th31SO TikoloS Matsikenyeri
6th35SO TikoloT Chitongo
7th50SO TikoloTS Chisoro