Mountaineers Finally Off the Mark Against Hapless Rocks

Took them a while, but Mountaineers have finally broken their duck in the Pro50, with a win over Southern Rocks - although it was a match they should probably have lost as, batting first, Rocks had them reduced to 18/5 before Kevin Kasuza (129*) played a match-winning innings, adding 126 for the 6th wicket with Gary Chirimuta (46). He didn't find much support from the tail after that, but his efforts helped lift the side to 229 before his side were bowled out, giving them at least a chance of defending. In reply, though, Rocks made it easy for them, imploding to 123 all out in 36 overs, with Natsai Mushangwe again bringing himself to the attention of national selectors by taking 5/22 as Mountaineers eased to a 106-run win. The fragility of their batting lineup will be a concern - decent performances by them are few and far between this season - but a win is a win and Mountaineers will be happy to finally get some points on the board. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 229 (38.2 overs; Kasuza 129*, Kaia 4/22), Rocks 123 (36.2 overs; Chisoro 31, Mushangwe 5/22). Mountaineers win by 106 runs.

Mountaineers innings (50 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	run out (†Mutumbami) 	        6 	28 	18 	0 	0 	33.33
P Mustard 	c Chibhabha b Munyaradzi 	8 	15 	8 	2 	0 	100.00
H Masakadza 	c Chibhabha b Munyaradzi 	0 	20 	14 	0 	0 	0.00
EJ Eckersley† 	c †Mutumbami b Masvaure 	0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
T Maruma* 	lbw b Masvaure 	                0 	8 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
KT Kasuza 	not out 	                129 	141 	91 	15 	5 	141.75
G Chirimuuta 	lbw b Kaia 	                46 	77 	47 	6 	0 	97.87
SW Masakadza 	lbw b Chisoro 	                0 	7 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
DT Tiripano 	c Matanga b Kaia 	        10 	34 	30 	0 	0 	33.33
N Mushangwe 	c Masvaure b Kaia 	        2 	9 	7 	0 	0 	28.57
TL Chatara 	c Chinyengetere b Kaia 	        0 	6 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(lb 3, w 25) 	                28 					
	Total 	(all out; 38.2 overs; 180 mins) 229 	(5.97 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Mustard, 2.6 ov), 2-17 (Mawoyo, 5.3 ov), 3-17 (Eckersley, 5.5 ov), 
4-18 (H Masakadza, 6.6 ov), 5-18 (Maruma, 7.4 ov), 6-144 (Chirimuuta, 24.5 ov), 
7-152 (SW Masakadza, 25.4 ov), 8-209 (Tiripano, 34.5 ov), 9-219 (Mushangwe, 36.5 ov), 
10-229 (Chatara, 38.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Munyaradzi 	6 	0 	30 	2 	5.00 	(5w) 	
PS Masvaure 	7 	2 	24 	2 	3.42 	(5w) 	
T Muzarabani 	7 	0 	60 	0 	8.57 		
H Matanga 	4 	0 	32 	0 	8.00 	(4w) 	
TS Chisoro 	5 	0 	40 	1 	8.00 	(3w) 	
R Chinyengetere 2 	0 	18 	0 	9.00 	(1w) 	
R Kaia 	        7.2 	2 	22 	4 	3.00 	(3w) 	


Southern Rocks innings (target: 230 runs from 50 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        lbw b Mushangwe 	        6 	17 	11 	1 	0 	54.54
CJ Chibhabha 	c Tiripano b Chatara 	        14 	29 	16 	1 	0 	87.50
R Chinyengetere b Mushangwe 	                0 	8 	11 	0 	0 	0.00
PS Masvaure 	c H Masakadza b Tiripano 	13 	51 	28 	2 	0 	46.42
R Mutumbami† 	c †Eckersley b SW Masakadza 	8 	20 	18 	2 	0 	44.44
A Maregwede* 	c & b SW Masakadza 	        3 	9 	11 	0 	0 	27.27
SC Marisa 	c H Masakadza b Mushangwe 	15 	51 	36 	1 	0 	41.66
TS Chisoro 	c Kasuza b Mushangwe 	        31 	75 	55 	4 	0 	56.36
H Matanga 	lbw b Mushangwe 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
T Munyaradzi 	c Chirimuuta b Maruma 	        4 	7 	7 	1 	0 	57.14
T Muzarabani 	not out 	                9 	29 	24 	2 	0 	37.50
	Extras 	(lb 6, w 14) 	                20 					
	Total 	(all out; 36.2 overs; 154 mins) 123 	(3.38 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Kaia, 3.4 ov), 2-28 (Chinyengetere, 5.6 ov), 3-28 (Chibhabha, 6.2 ov), 
4-44 (Mutumbami, 11.3 ov), 5-49 (Maregwede, 13.5 ov), 6-61 (Masvaure, 17.3 ov), 
7-85 (Marisa, 24.5 ov), 8-85 (Matanga, 24.6 ov), 9-92 (Munyaradzi, 27.3 ov), 
10-123 (Chisoro, 36.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	9 	1 	31 	2 	3.44 	(6w) 	
DT Tiripano 	6 	0 	24 	1 	4.00 	(3w) 	
N Mushangwe 	8.2 	1 	22 	5 	2.64 		
TL Chatara 	7 	3 	19 	1 	2.71 	(5w) 	
H Masakadza 	2 	0 	6 	0 	3.00 		
T Maruma 	4 	0 	15 	1 	3.75 		


Match details
Toss: Mountaineers, who chose to bat
Points: Mountaineers 5, Southern Rocks 0
Player of the match: KT Kasuza (Mountaineers)