Bowlers take control in rain-hit draw

Kyle Jarvis high-fives Chris Mpofu after completing his maiden five-for AFP

The match between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mountaineers ended in a draw as the fourth day was called off in Bulawayo. The rain-affected match had just two completed innings, with the Tuskers taking a first-innings lead. Rain interruptions through the game cut short the possibility of a result. On the first day, the Tuskers ended at 75 for 1 after being put into bat. Mountaineers made inroads into the middle order the following day to leave the Tuskers in trouble at 139 for 7. Paul Horton made an exact 50 as opener before he was caught and bowled by Shingi Masakadza. Steven Trenchard then resisted with 62 to take the score past 200. Masakadza and Tendai Chatara took three wickets apiece to wrap the innings up for 236.

The Mountaineers didn't fare any better with the bat as they ended the day at 88 for 4. There was no rearguard action from the tail as the right-arm seamer Glen Querl took a five-wicket haul (5 for 29) to send the Mountaineers crashing to 129, conceding a lead of 107. The Tuskers lost three wickets to Donald Tiripano and ended at 43 for 4 on a rain-interrupted third day. There was no play on the final day.

Kyle Jarvis took a career-best match haul of 10 for 53 as Mashonaland beat Southern Rocks by an innings and 89 runs in Harare.

Mashonaland posted 335 in their first innings, largely thanks to a 172-run stand between Forster Mutizwa - who made 118 with four fours and a six - and with Regis Chakabva who made 95. Southern Rocks were then bowled out for 98 with Jarvis picking up four of the top six. Roy Kaia top-scored with 26 as only five players made double figures and Southern Rocks were asked to follow on.

They fared little better second-time around as Jarvis tore through the top order to help reduce Southern Rocks to 36 for 5. Tinashe Panyangara clubbed four fours and three sixes in making 43 from just 31 balls at No. 9 but his efforts mattered little as his side were bowled out for 148, conceding a heavy defeat.