Tuskers Trounced by Rhinos

Matabeleland Tuskers were given a trouncing by Midwest Rhinos in their Pro50 meeting on Saturday, despite a ton from Tuskers captain Gavin Ewing and a useful 507 from Craig Ervine. The rest of the home side's lineup failed to contribute much, leaving them on 227 at the close of the innings - well sub-par on the Queen's pitch. In-form Rhinos captain Gary Ballance took full advantage with an unbeaten ton of his own, with Malcolm Waller continuing his own impressive run of form with 65 not out, as Rhinos reached their target with nearly 10 overs to spare. The result pins Tuskers to the bottom of the Pro50 tournament table, and lifts Rhinos into second place, although they've still got some work to do to catch Eagles. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 227 (49.5 overs; Ewing 106, Rainsford 3/35, Rhinos 228/1 (40.5 overs; Ballance 108*, Dabengwa 1/42). Rhinos win by 9 wickets.

Matabeleland Tuskers innings (50 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
GM Ewing 	b Waller 	                106 	196 	139 	12 	0 	76.25
PJ Horton* 	run out (Waller) 	        0 	9 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
SM Trenchard 	c †Wessels b Rainsford 	        4 	10 	8 	1 	0 	50.00
CR Ervine 	c Marillier b Waller 	        57 	118 	75 	5 	0 	76.00
CK Coventry 	b Rainsford 	                2 	11 	6 	0 	0 	33.33
AJ Wheater† 	c Waller b Nicolson 	        4 	14 	12 	0 	0 	33.33
KM Dabengwa 	b Rainsford 	                3 	6 	5 	0 	0 	60.00
B Staddon 	c Mugava b Nicolson 	        18 	45 	34 	1 	0 	52.94
RG Querl 	run out (Muzhange) 	        18 	21 	17 	2 	0 	105.88
N Ncube 	not out 	                2 	6 	2 	0 	0 	100.00
CB Mpofu 	c Chinouya b Nicolson 	        2 	3 	2 	0 	0 	100.00
	Extras 	(lb 3, w 6, nb 2) 	        11 					
	Total 	(all out; 49.5 overs; 222 mins) 227 	(4.55 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Horton, 1.5 ov), 2-19 (Trenchard, 4.2 ov), 3-150 (Ervine, 32.3 ov), 
4-155 (Coventry, 34.5 ov), 5-170 (Wheater, 37.6 ov), 6-175 (Dabengwa, 38.5 ov), 
7-190 (Ewing, 43.3 ov), 8-223 (Querl, 48.6 ov), 9-224 (Staddon, 49.2 ov), 
10-227 (Mpofu, 49.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	11 	1 	35 	3 	3.18 	(1nb, 3w) 	
MT Chinouya 	5 	1 	20 	0 	4.00 	(1w) 	
R Muzhange 	8 	0 	43 	0 	5.37 		
SM Mugava 	6 	0 	28 	0 	4.66 		
IA Nicolson 	10.5 	0 	51 	3 	4.70 	(1nb, 2w) 	
MN Waller 	9 	0 	47 	2 	5.22 		


Mid West Rhinos innings (target: 228 runs from 50 overs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
GS Ballance* 	not out 	                        108 	178 	125 	14 	2 	86.40
SJ Marillier 	c Staddon b Dabengwa 	                39 	100 	66 	5 	0 	59.09
MN Waller 	not out 	                        65 	77 	54 	6 	3 	120.37
	Extras 	(b 3, lb 5, w 8) 	                16 					
	Total 	(1 wicket; 40.5 overs; 178 mins) 	228 	(5.58 runs per over)

Did not bat: R Nyathi, MH Wessels†, SM Mugava, R Benade, EC Rainsford, R Muzhange, MT Chinouya, 
IA Nicolson

Fall of wickets: 1-94 (Marillier, 23.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
CB Mpofu 	10 	1 	46 	0 	4.60 	(4w) 	
RG Querl 	9 	0 	35 	0 	3.88 	(1w) 	
N Ncube 	7 	0 	38 	0 	5.42 	(1w) 	
B Staddon 	4 	0 	20 	0 	5.00 	(1w) 	
KM Dabengwa 	8 	0 	42 	1 	5.25 	(1w) 	
SM Trenchard 	2.5 	0 	39 	0 	13.76 		


Match details
Toss: Mid West Rhinos, who chose to field
Points: Mid West Rhinos 5, Matabeleland Tuskers 0