Southern Rocks

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Rain Spoils Rhinos v Rocks

For the third match in a row, Southern Rocks were frustrated by rain as their match against Midwest Rhinos in Kwekwe petered out to a draw. With two full days lost to rain, and interruptions on the remaining days, Rocks' bastmen got to face all of 2 balls in the match. Rhinos did at least get to complete an innings, scoring 185 in an uncharacteristically poor batting display, and will at least be pleased that the weather potentially saved their blushes and made sure they came out of the match with more points for the tournament table than Rocks did. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 185 (60.3 overs; Chapungu 75, Matanga 3/50), Rocks 0/0 (0.2 overs). Match drawn.

Rocks v Eagles Faithwear Match Abandoned

The Faithwear meeting between Southern Rocks and Mashonaland Eagles was abandoned after less than five overs play after rain intervened. That leaves the match a no result, with two points awarded to each side. Scorecard, what little there is, is below the cut.
Rocks 8/0 (4.1 overs; Machiri 5*, Chigumbura 0/2), Eagles did not bat. No result - rain stopped play.

Rocks and Eagles Draw, Too

The other match of the round also ended in a draw, but in this one there was at least the chance of a result as Eagles very nearly snatched a win in Masvingo. Day one was washed out, and when play finally got under way on day two it was the home side at the crease, sent in to bat after Eagles won the toss. Over the course of the next day and a bit they managed to amass a reasonable total of 321, a decent innings by the standards of the Logan Cup this year, with Tendai Chitongo (66) and Craig Ervine (60) leading the way. For Eagles, Trevor Garwe continued to stake out his claim to a place in the national side, taking 4/59. But the match was all Eagles' from there - in reply, they built an impressive total of 512 before declaring with two wickets still in hand. Forster Mutizwa (113) and Greg Lamb (106) both scored tons, with 50s coming from Tafadzwa Mufambisa (58), Elton Chigumbura (84) and Regis Chakabva (53). At the point of declaration, Eagles has around two sessions left on the final day in which to bowl Rocks out and claim the win.

And they just about managed it, to. Rocks did manage to hold out for the rest of the day, but with the side having collapsed to 104/8 before the close they would have been breathing a sigh of relief when the end finally came. Alester Maregwede's 21* was the best of a very poor bunch, while Elton Chigumbura (3/26) and Douglas Hondo (3/20) did the damage with the ball. Eagles would have been upset not to sneak the win, but they still took the lions' share of points from the match, scoring 13 to Rocks' 9 and further extending their lead at the top of the table. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 321 (122.1 overs; Chitongo 66, Garwe 4/59) & 104/8 (47.2 overs; Maregwede 21*, Hondo 3/20), Eagles 512/8 decl (124.4 overs; Mutizwa 113, Mawhire 5/92). Match drawn.

Lost Day's Play Leads to Draw in Masvingo

Mountaineers and Southern Rocks played out a rather pointless draw in Masvingo after a waterlogged pitch led to the loss of the first days' play in their Logan Cup match-up in Masvingo. When play finally got underway on day two, Mountaineers were put in to bat after the hosts won the toss and went on to score a decent 350 - but with their innings taking the match into day three it also ensure there was almost no chance of a result. Stuart Matsikenyeri's 97 was the backbone of the Mountaineers innings, while Hilary Matanga took an impressive 5/98. Rocks then went on to score 237 in their first innings, with Craig Irvine's 63 leading the way while Timycen Maruma took 6/100. With Rocks only being bowled out on the morning of day four, though, Moutaineers' second innings was little more than a practice knock, which they used to rack up 145/4 before play ended.

Mountaineers come out of the match slightly better off, with 12 points to Rocks' 10, but it was hardly the most exciting of matches. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 350 (139.2 overs; Matsikenyeri 97, Matanga 5/98) & 145/4 decl (47 overs; Marumisa 56*, Tikolo 1/18), Rocks 237 (Ervine 63, Maruma 6/100). Match Drawn.

Tuskers Gore Rocks

Tuskers, fresh from their Logan Cup win against the Rocks earlier in the week, would have been looking to continue their good run in this match, and on early form seemed likely to pick up another win. After winning the toss and opting to bad, the Bulawayo side posted an impressive 299/7 - Bornaparte Mujuru led the charge with a rapid 89 off 81 balls, supported by Terence Duffin (68) and Dion Ebrahim (61). Tafadzwa Kamungozi was the best of the bunch with the ball for Rocks, taking 2/59, but come the half-way point it looked as though Rocks had a small mountain to climb.

While they made a spirited attempt, though, it was a mountain they couldn't quite scale. Openers Erick Chauluka (44) and Steven Marillier (21) got the side off to a reasonable start, but from there wickets began to fall regularly, despite some decent individual knocks - Steve Tikolo top-scored with 54, Tendai Chitongo added 36 and Thomas Odoyo chipped in with 32 - but the total was just too much and Rocks were bowled out 39 runs short of their target - although by that stage the run-rate was probably beyond them anyway. Surprise performance of the tournament so far, though, goes to Tuskers' Dion Ebrahim, who took 5/45 with the ball - a remarkable performance given that he doesn't even bowl regularly. That brings his career List A bowling figures to 8 wickets in 126 matches.

Flight mode! Blessing Mawhire bowls to Terence Duffin
Flight mode! Blessing Mawhire bowls to Terence Duffin

Bornaparte Mujuru in action
Bornaparte Mujuru in action

That gives Tuskers some points, but still leaves them bottom of the table on net run rate at the halfway point of the competition - not where they'll want to be. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 299/7 (50 overs; Mujuru 89, Kamungozi 2/59), Rocks 261 (46.5 overs; Tikolo 54, Ebrahim 5/45). Tuskers win by 38 runs.
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Tuskers Finally Off the Mark with Huge Win Over Rocks

Tuskers beat Masvingo-based Southern Rocks by an huge margin of an innings and 241 runs in the Logan Cup over the weekend. Southerns failed to show a winning attitude from the first ball with, Blessing Mahwire and Thomas Odoyo giving unnecessary runs to the visiting Tuskers. Tendai Chisoro tried to repair the damage caused by his seniors as he topped the bowlers list with figures of 3/79, while Tafadzwa Kamungozi and Hillary Matanga bagged two wickets each while Odoyo got one wicket. Tuskers, who had won the toss, batted exceptionally well with Terence Duffin scoring a career best 144, while Dion Ebrahim (89), Gavin Ewing (68), Keith Dabengwa (56) Keegan Meth (44) all chipped in on the way to a healthy total of 554/9, at which point Tuskers skipper Gregory Strydom decided to declare.

Rocks went in to bat but put in a woeful performance - in their first innings they managed just 141 runs all out, with notable performances from tail-end batsmen Odoyo (39) and Hilary Matanga (24) saving the side from even greater disaster. Steve Marrillier (20) was the only other Rocks player to reach double figures. Paceman Tawanda Mupariwa was the pick of the Tusker's bowlers, taking 4/27 runs, with John Nyumbu taking 2/28. With Rocks still 413 runs behind, the follow-on was enforced, but while Rocks were slightly better the second time around, it was still nowhere near good enough to salvage a draw. Blessing Mahwire made an impressive 61 runs while Eric Chauluka and Chisoro made 22 runs each, but Tuskers bowled Rocks out for 199, Nyumbu again leading the bowling figures with 4/42.

Tuskers' Tawanda Mupariwa
Tuskers' Tawanda Mupariwa

Coming out of losing three matches in a row, Tuskers coach Robin Brown was a happy man, and was keen to see his charges repeat their win in tomorrow's Faithwear meeting between the two sides. He is not likely to change his squad for that encounter. Full scorecard for this match is below the cut.
Tuskers 554/9 decl (157 overs; Duffin 144, Chisoro 3/79), Rocks 141 (67 overs; Odoyo 35, Mupariwa 4/37) & 199 (following on, 126.1 overs; Mawhire 61, Nyumbu 4/42). Matabeleland Tuskers win by an innings and 214 runs.
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Rocks v Rhinos Pigeon Arrives

Not going to dwell on this one too much, as the match ended a week ago, but the full scorecard for Southern Rocks v Midwest Rhinos is in. We knew already that the match had ended in a draw, but it was another outstanding performance for Vusi Sibanda, who scored a ton in both innings (107 and 101 not out), backed up in both cases by solid fifties from Solomon Mire (66 and 56). Tafadzwa Kamungozi was the star for Rocks, posting 71 in the first innings before going on to take 4/86, while Eric Chauluka posted the third ton of the match, scoring 113. Rounding off the list of good performances is Ed Rainsford, who took 5/60 for Rhinos during the first innings. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 299 (101 overs; Kamungozi 71*, Rainsford 5/60) & 385/6 decl (98 overs; Chauluka 113, Muzarabani 3/44), Rhinos 290 (84.1 overs; Sibanda 107, Kamungozi 4/86) & 177/4 (Sibanda 101*, Matanga 3/59). Match drawn.

Rocks Edge Past Rhinos in Faithwear Thriller

The pigeon has arrived from Masvingo with the scorecard for the Faithwear one-day meeting between Southern Rocks and Midwest Rhinos, and it looks as though it were worth waiting for, as Rocks edged past Rhinos by just three runs to bring the two sides level in the tournament table (although Rhinos still have a narrow lead on net run-rate). Rhinos won the toss and opted to field, and after removing the Rocks openers for just 9 runs scored would have thought they were off to a flyer. The next four Rocks players would all show a little backbone, though, with Alester Maregwede's 91 not-out being the pick of the bunch. Combined with the efforts of Craig Ervine (36), Tendai Chisoro (31) and Eric Chauluka (28), Maregwede - stand-in captain on the day - led his side to 239 all-out from their 50 overs. Perhaps not the greatest of totals, but is was to prove enough on the day - just.

Rhinos' innings got off to a decent-enough start, barring the dismissal of Duncan Robertson (2) in the sixth over, but Rocks were able to take regular wickets and keep any of the Rhinos, other than Friday Kasteni (80), from pushing on to good scores - Ed Rainsford's 31 not-out at 9th was the best of the rest. Frustratingly, Rhinos were able to keep up with the required pace, but found themselves falling just short, reaching 236/9 from their 50 overs, just 4 short of their target.

So, Rhinos finally drop one, which has allowed Mountaineers to move clear at the top of the tournament table, and the Kwekwe side will no doubt be rueing the loss of their key players to the national squad. Rocks, meanwhile, are beginning to build some momentum and are looking like the surprise package of the competition. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 239 (50 overs; Maregwede 91*, Chinouya 2/19), Rhinos 236/9 (50 overs; Kasteni 80, Chisoro 3/45). Rocks win by 3 runs.

Rocks v Rhinos

You'll have noticed the absence of any reports on the Logan Cup and Faithwear meetings between Southern Rocks and Midwest Rhinos in Masvingo last week - that's because we're still waiting on hearing a scoreline, never mind seeing the scorecards. That said, ZC issues updated tables for both competitions this morning that give away the results: the Logan Cup meeting was a draw, while Rocks spring a surprise by beating Rhinos in the Faithwear match. More details on both matches if / when we get them.

Rocks Break Their Duck Against Eagles

Southern Rocks finally got a win under their belt on Monday, defeating Eagles by 5 wickets in their Faithwear Series match in Harare, although it was hardly a team effort from the Masvingo-based outfit. Rocks won the toss and opted to field, and Eagles never seemed quite comfortable at the crease - a number of players got starts, but other than Greg Lamb (48) and Elton Chigumbura (42*), no-one made a significant contribution as the side worked their way to 236/8 from their 50 overs. Rocks' new star signing Steve Tikolo took 2/49, while Chamu Chibhabha took 2/30.

In reply, it was really a two-man show for Rocks, as Tikolo (82) and Craig Ervine (83*) did the bulk of the work in chasing down the target, with smaller contributions by Darlington Matambanadzo (28) and Tendai Chitongo (33). Rocks reached their target with nine balls to spare, leaving Eagles without a win in the one-day competition. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 236/8 (50 overs; Lamb 48, Chibhabha 2/30), Rocks 238/5 (48.3 overs; Ervine 83*, Chigumbura 3/40). Rocks win by 5 wickets.

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