After being comprehensively beaten in their Logan Cup meeting, Mountaineers found themselves unable to take their revenge on Mashonaland Eagles in their Pro50 meeting on Saturday. Eagles set a useful 269, with Stuart Matsikenyeri's maiden List A ton leading the way and, he'll be hoping, marking a return to some decent form - although his was the only Eagles innings of note. Shingi Masakadza, Donald Tiripano and Prosper Utseya bagged two apiece for Mountaineers. I reply, though, Mountaineers were truly dismal, apart from a fighting 71 scored by Hamilton Masakadza off 81 balls - but with none of his team-mates passing 20, he ended up being responsible for nearly half his teams runs, as Mountaineers were bowled out for a paltry 152, Kyle Jarvis (4/35) leading the carnage.
That leaves Mountaineers, usually considered one of the domestic game's premier sides, propping up the table in both the Logan Cup and Pro50 tournaments - very much unfamiliar territory for them. Eagles, meanwhile, are riding high at the top of the table, with the maximum 10 points from their two matches. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 269/9 (50 overs; Matsikenyeri 110*, S Masakadza 2/46), Mountaineers 152 (38.3 overs; H Masakadza 71, Jarvis 4/35). Mashonaland Eagles win by 117 runs.
Mountaineers looked like a team devoid of confidence as they slumped to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Matabeleland Tuskers with scarcely a fight. Apart from Shingi Masakadza, who fought a lone battle, the team that had such a marvellous Logan Cup record last season were dismissed for 92 runs in their second innings, chasing only 199 to win. The Matabeleland Tuskers seam battery did a fine job, spearheaded by Chris Mpofu, who took four for 40, taking his total for the match to nine. Keegan Meth, back to his economical best, took three for 19 in 14 overs.
Going into the final day, Mountaineers were 40 for four wickets, and their two international batsmen, Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza, were among those dismissed, so their chances of victory on a difficult pitch looked slim. From the start they played like a team without hope, scarcely offering an attacking stroke against the determined pace bowling of Tuskers. Timycen Maruma, the captain, was particularly disappointing, as he is so often a fighter in such circumstances, but on this occasion he had little to offer. After almost an hour at the crease for just 10 runs, he unwisely shouldered arms to a ball from Chris Mpofu that came back and bowled him.
Ten runs came in the first hour and the procession continued. The night-watchman Silent Mujaji did the best he could, until he was stumped for 5 off 69 balls in 94 minutes. But it was the responsibility of his more capable partners to take the initiative, and with the exception of Shingi Masakadza they failed badly. Shingi, always a fighter when the situation is difficult, played a positive and determined innings of 29 off 45 balls, before a ball from Mpofu had him fending a catch to mid-on. Otherwise the Matabeleland Tuskers bowlers had things all their own way, as the other home batsmen could offer nothing more than timid defence.
It would appear that their unexpected defeats in last year’s three domestic competitions, for which they were favourites, and especially the Logan Cup final to this Matabeleland Tuskers team, has shattered the confidence of the Mountaineers players. Their coach Gary Brent strongly praised their wonderful attitude throughout pre-season practice, but if the vital ingredient of confidence is missing, this will all be in vain. Mountaineers have the skills and dedication to succeed, even to win the Logan Cup, but before that can happen, they need to repair their wounded spirits. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 306 (85.4 overs; Ewing 102, Mushangwe 5/112) & 186 (66.1 overs; Meth 41*, S Masakadza 4/49), Mountaineers 294 (91.1 overs; H Masakadza 75, Mpofu 5/55) & 92 (48.2 overs; S Masakadza 29, Mpofu 4/40). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 106 runs.
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Forster Mutizwa drove Mashonaland Eagles to victory in their first match of the new season over the Southern Rocks in a Coca-Cola Cup one-day match played at Masvingo Sports Club on Saturday. Southern Rocks put up an impressive fight but some emphatic batting from the Eagles broke down their fortress on home soil.
The Zimbabwe domestic one-day competition has reverted to the 50-over format; last season the competition was played over 40 overs per side. However, the match in Masvingo had to be reduced to 40 each when rain had stopped play after 2.1 overs, when Rocks had scored five runs without loss. Mash Eagles won the toss and sent the home side in to bat, a decision that could have been prompted by the then overcast conditions – rare but ideal on a typical flat Masvingo wicket.
The young fast bowler, Nathan Waller, toppled the top order, removing Chamunorwa Chibhabha (15) in the 13th over, followed by Roy Kaia (29) in the 15th. Among a list of player movements this season is Prince Masvaure who left the Eagles for the Rocks, and his was the first wicket to fall, bowled by Trevor Garwe. Mark Vermeulen was the top scorer for the Rocks with a trademark proficient 41 runs from 71 deliveries, featuring three boundaries. Southern Rocks were 186 for eight after 40 overs. Visiting captain Stuart Matsikenyeri, on his debut match as the Mash Eagles skipper, tried out seven bowlers, the pick being Waller with two wickets for 18 from eight overs.
Mutizwa was sensational as he shared two 48-run partnerships and was the mainstay of the Eagles’ brisk pursuit. He partnered with Matsikenyeri (28) and then Mark Mbofana (24*). The former Mountaineers right-arm medium-pacer, Tinashe Panyangara, was a worthy signing for the Rocks as he took the fight to the Eagles, claiming three for 28 off his allotted eight overs. Mutizwa however was unstoppable with a well-played unbeaten 73 from 92 balls. Eagles reached their target in 37.5 overs with six wickets in hand.
Many of the bowlers appear not have utilised their off-season time profitably as a total of 60 extras were conceded in the match, making up 16% of the total runs scored, with five penalty runs being awarded to the Eagles for the batsmen persistently running on the pitch in the Southern Rocks innings. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 186/8 (40 overs; Vermeulen 41, Waller 2/18, Mbofana 2/31), Eagles 188/4 (37.5 overs; Mutizwa 73*, Panyangara 3/28). Mashonaland Eagles win by 6 wickets (D/L method).
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A fine all-round performance by Matabeleland Tuskers, and in particular their all-rounder Keegan Meth, gave them a convincing victory over Mountaineers on the latter’s home ground in Mutare. The cricket committee’s decision to make Saturdays the match days in the 50-over competition was otherwise an instant success in Mutare, attracting an enthusiastic family crowd and a festival atmosphere.
Meth courageously returned to the Matabeleland Tuskers side only a month after his horrific facial injury against Bangladesh, and he was to play a vital role in this match with bat and ball, as he had on his last visit to this ground, in the Logan Cup final last April. Mountaineers were without Hamilton Masakadza, nursing a strain. Under cloudy skies Mountaineers won the toss and eagerly put Matabeleland Tuskers in to bat, as the pitch had cracks in it and was expected to help the bowlers considerably. There was some movement early on, but overall much less than the home side anticipated. After one ball had been bowled in the Tuskers’ innings play was suspended for almost 20 minutes as the black covering on the sightscreen was found to be inadequate and had to be fixed.
When play did resume, the batsmen struggled for a while against fine bowling from the occasional internationals Tendai Chatara and Shingi Masakadza. When Gavin Ewing was out lbw to Masakadza for 11, the score was 19 for one in the eighth over, after which Paul Horton struggled to 2 off 21 balls when he was dismissed. Terry Duffin made 21, but the middle order came through well. Craig Ervine made a more fluent 47 as the ball lost its shine, before giving his wicket away just short of his 50.
After the 37th over, though, the score was only 132 for five and Matabeleland Tuskers were struggling. From this point Keith Dabengwa and Meth transformed the innings. Dabengwa had begun cautiously, but soon opened up and batted superbly for his unbeaten 82, with six fours and three sixes. Meth joined in the assault, with 43 off 37 balls, and the pair added 108 in 13 overs, doing particularly well against the spinners. Matabeleland Tuskers finished with a score of 240 for five, far better than had looked likely for most of their innings. Masakadza was the best bowler, deserving better than his two for 38 off 11 overs.
Mountaineers never looked like challenging their target. Chris Mpofu and Meth bowled perhaps even better than their Mountaineer counterparts had done, but against feebler opposition. Bernard Mlambo pulled a ball from Mpofu magnificently for four, but he was all at sea against Meth, eventually edging him to second slip to depart for 8. Mountaineers suffered a serious blow when Tino Mawoyo also fell for 8, lbw to Mpofu, and the slide was on. Five wickets were down for 32 in the 13th over and there could be no coming back from here.
The acting captain, Timycen Maruma, fought defiantly for a while, cracking three powerful boundaries, but then he groped at a ball from Meth well outside the off stump and edged a catch to the keeper, departing for 17. Matabeleland Tuskers bowled Meth out, his 12 overs – the new limit now allowed in the 50-over game – going for 41 runs for four wickets. Shingi Masakadza pulled a short ball from Dabengwa for six to become only the second batsman in the side to reach double figures, and was followed by Donald Tiripano (15), the pair adding 35 together in a face-saving partnership. The final total was 109, Masakadza last man out for 28. Mpofu finished off the innings, finishing with four wickets for 20 runs. Cricketwise, the day was a disaster for Mountaineers; as a public relations exercise for the people of Mutare, it was a festive and well-run occasion. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 240/5 (50 overs; Dabengwa 82*, S Masakadza 2/38), Mountaineers 109 (33.3 overs; S Masakadza 28, Mpofu 4/20, Meth 4/41). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 131 runs.
[Match report via ZC]
ZC's inter-provincial women's tournament is currently taking place in Harare, with matches being played at both Old Hararians and Sunrise sports clubs, and so far Southern Rocks are top of the heap. Here are the results so far:
Rhinos v Tuskers: Rhinos won by 6 wickets. Ndiraya 20*, Mlilo 16*, Nkomo 4-0-11-3
Rock v Mountaineers: Rocks won by 84 runs. Mpofu 6-1-6-4, Nyathi 29, Kudzibatira 26
Mountaineers v Rhinos: Mountaineers 23 runs. Mujaji 9-2-32-4, Mugeri 21, Ganyaupfu 14
Eagles v Rocks: Rocks won by 34 runs. Chinyemba 32, Mpofu 5-1-12-4
Rocks v Tuskers: Rocks won by 51 runs. Tshuma 10-1-24-7, Nyathi 12, Burdette 9-3-11-6
Mountaineers v Eagles: Mountaineers won 49 runs. Chimutashu 10-5-9-4, Mujaji 9.5-3-13-6
Rhino v Rocks: Rocks won by 15 runs. Mlilo 53, Nkomo 36, Chinyemba 57
Eagles v Tuskers: Eagles won by 60 runs. Jinjika 27*, Mupachikwa 19, Magariadzo 5.1-1-11-5
Matabeleland Tuskers are the new Logan Cup champions. Depleted, without five of their key players, they beat the previously undefeated Mountaineers by 18 runs, a remarkable achievement. The key factor was their swing bowler Keegan Meth, who has been steadily improving throughout the season and now seems to have instilled fear into the hearts of opposing batsmen with his deceptive swerve and accuracy. In this match he took 13 wickets at a cost of only 108 runs, besides playing a second innings of 65 runs, and if ever one man won a match for this team, this was the occasion.
It was clear at the start of the day that the result of the match would most likely hinge on the result of the battle between Hamilton Masakadza and Meth – and Meth won handsomely. Masakadza off-drove a single off Keith Dabengwa in the second over of the day to take the home side’s total to 100, which brought him to face Meth in the next over. He pushed fatally outside the off stump, edged a catch to the wicketkeeper and departed for 14, to scenes of jubilation from the fielders. As it turned out, this was the point where they won the match. Again, though, they were excessively noisy in the field, especially early on.
It was now the responsibility of the rest of the Mountaineers team to stand up and show they were not totally reliant on Masakadza in a tight situation – and this for the most part they dismally failed to do. The experienced South African Jon Beukes was one batsman who might have stood in the gap for Mountaineers, as he ran to 16 confident runs off 14 balls, with three fours, but he was then given out lbw on the front foot to Meth, and now the middle order surrendered meekly. Donald Tiripano, the night-watchman, had held an end up grimly for almost an hour, but edged a low catch to second slip off Meth to depart for 5 off 42 balls. Prosper Utseya, who has often been a man for a crisis in the past, was this time another lbw victim to Meth for a single, and Benjy Katsande lasted only three balls before edging to the keeper. Seven were now down for 125, the point of no return had been passed, and the last four wickets had fallen for seven runs in four overs.
Meth must have been tiring, but he kept bowling. At last Timycen Maruma and Shingi Masakadza showed some defiance, keeping out Meth and starting to attack Dabengwa, who had been blocking up the other end. Dabengwa as captain now faced the dilemma of whether to continue with Meth or give him a break for a while, but just as decision time was imminent, Meth struck again. Shingi Masakadza had been trying to counter his movement and upset his length by going down the pitch to him, which brought the keeper up to the stumps; the batsman did it once too often and was stumped for 17; eight down for 155.
Maruma now decided to take advantage of the wearied bowler, now in his eleventh over, smiting him for two mighty leg-side sixes in succession. In the meantime Dabengwa gave way to Chris Mpofu, but Tendai Chatara gave Maruma unexpected support, with five well-selected boundary hits off the fast man. They survived until lunch, and then Tawanda Mupariwa replaced the exhausted Meth; he quickly produced a rising ball that Maruma, on 36, edged at an awkward throat height to the keeper, who dropped it. After two overs by Mupariwa, Dabengwa brought back Meth, but he no longer had the power to terrorize; the batsmen could now play him like any other bowler and kept the scoreboard ticking over comfortably. Mountaineers supporters began to entertain delusions of victory.
When Maruma reached an admirable fifty, only another 24 runs were needed to win. But, tragically, a mix-up between the batsmen led to his being run out for 51 and the fighting partnership of 69 was ended. Natsai Mushangwe tried to hit out, but was caught in the outfield off Mpofu and the Logan Cup went to Matabeleland Tuskers. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 195 (68.2 overs; Mabuza 54, Mushangwe 3/44) & 290 (103.3 overs; Meth 65, Utseya 2/37), Mountaineers 239 (67.2 overs; H Masakadza 119, Meth 6/40) & 228 (63 overs; Mlambo 68, Meth 7/69). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 18 runs.
[Match report via ZC]
Southern Rocks are celebrating their first tournament victory, while Mid-West Rhinos are regretting their poor batting that cost them the match, their fourth loss in a final in two seasons. Malcolm Waller stood almost alone as their team collapsed for 151 all out, with Tafadzwa Kamungozi’s leg-breaks taking three vital wickets in the middle order, and there was no excuse for their batting failure. Southern Rocks kept their nerve and consistent batting from the top order took them to a fine eight-wicket victory.
For both teams this was the final game of the season, so they were not preoccupied with thoughts of the Logan Cup final, as their semi-final opponents had been. Southern Rocks won the toss and, no doubt encouraged by their confident run-chase on the previous day, put Mid-West Rhinos in to bat. This proved to be a good move, as their opponents never came to terms with their batting. The pitch was rather slow but gave the bowlers very little help, so the batting side had only their own inadequacies to blame.
Brendan Taylor again failed, chipping a ball gently up on the leg side, for mid-on to run round and take a diving catch. Both openers were gone for 5, requiring Vusi Sibanda and Waller to dig in, which they did with such care against a good attack that after seven overs the score was only 8 for two. Waller played a beautifully-timed flick over long leg for six, but Sibanda was never fluent, and finally chipped a catch to midwicket after scoring 14 off 38 balls. Riki Wessels top-edged a reverse sweep to the keeper and Remembrance Nyathi fell third ball, both to the leg-spinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi, and at this point Mid-West Rhinos were reeling at 54 for five.
Unperturbed by this lack of support, Waller continued to work the ball around the field in mature fashion, and at last found a reliable partner in Cremer. Cremer did a fine job in keeping the score ticking over, and the pair largely turned the situation around by adding 75 together at the rate of six an over. Finally, though, Waller clipped a low catch to midwicket and departed for an admirable 68 off 82 balls. There was not much left in the batting. Cremer, after batting so well for 37 off 39 balls, tried a foolish reverse sweep to be lbw to Kamungozi, the bowler’s third crucial wicket in the middle order. The tail collapsed and the team was all out for 151, wasting more than three overs of their innings. Mike Chinouya, like Kamungozi, took three wickets, while both Blessing Mahwire and Brian Vitori bowled very well. It was an excellent performance by a team that at the start of the season had been desperately weak in bowling.
With just 152 to win, Southern Rocks in theory could take their time and cruise home, as long as they kept their nerve. The wild card was a storm lurking on the horizon. Perhaps with this in mind, Sikandar Raza played a remarkably risky and fortunate innings, lofting many strokes just out of reach of the fielders and getting away with it. The bowling was good, but was inhibited by having too few runs to back it. Raza’s luck could not last for ever, though, and he was out for 44 off 72 balls, driving a sharp low catch to extra cover off Cremer.
Chibhabha continued where he left off the previous afternoon, batting in mature, sensible fashion, keeping the score moving but without taking risks. He is still not as comfortable against spin as pace, though, and Waller’s off-spin removed him lbw for 27, with the score at 98. But this was the Mid-West Rhinos’ last success. Craig Ervine again saw them home with an unbeaten innings of 42, but this time it was Elton Chigumbura who hit the winning runs, a hammer-blow past mid-on to the boundary. Southern Rocks have made great progress this season, despite failing to win a Logan Cup match, and this trophy will be a worthy tribute to their departing coach Monte Lynch, whose strong disciplined approach may not always have been appreciated but has worked wonders in the performances of several members of his side. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 151 (36.4 overs; Waller 68, Chinouya 3/28), Rocks 155/2 (34.5 overs; Sikandar Raza 44, Waller 1/14). Southern Rocks win by 8 wickets.
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The top two teams in the MetBank Pro40 Championship table, Mountaineers and Matabeleland Tuskers, have both been knocked out in the semi-finals. Perhaps they were distracted by the prospect of the Logan Cup Final to be played between them both in Mutare, starting this coming Wednesday, but certainly both turned in very poor batting displays to be beaten by teams that finished below them on the log. Matabeleland Tuskers did even worse than Mountaineers the day before, being bowled out for a miserable 94 by Southern Rocks, with Brian Vitori taking five cheap wickets. The Masvingo-based team made light work of their target, losing only one wicket as they raced to victory before three o’clock.
Matabeleland Tuskers were to regret their decision to bat first on a pitch that was slow but otherwise sound. The fault, though, was not with the decision but with those who should have taken advantage of it. They never looked like making a big score right from the start. The left-arm seamer Vitori bowled a fine spell from the pavilion end, but he did not have too much opposition. He dismissed both the newcomer Brian Chari and the experienced Keith Dabengwa in his second over, and in his fourth the captain Gavin Ewing, who had played a lone game in keeping the score ticking over, was furious to be given out caught at the wicket off an inside edge for 21. The team was seriously handicapped, though, by the loss of their two excellent English professionals, though, with Paul Horton and Adam Wheater required to return to their counties.
The score was now 34 for three, and worse was to come. Charles Coventry battled to 16 off 37 balls before he fished outside the off stump to be caught at the wicket off Mike Chinouya, returning to the side after injury, and the rest of the middle order caved in weakly in a series of soft dismissals. The third wicket fell for 56 in the 20th over. At last now, however, when it was too late, came some spirited resistance. Brad Staddon played with admirable composure and skill, helped by 10 from Tawanda Mupariwa, and the ninth wicket put on 27 runs, the best partnership of the innings. It took the return of Vitori to capture the last two wickets, although Staddon’s lbw for 25 was another rather controversial decision. The total was a dismal 94, and it would have been much worse without Staddon’s fighting spirit. Vitori finished with five wickets for only 26 runs, while Robertson Chinyengetere took three and Chinouya two. Almost nine overs of their allotted 40 went unused.
Southern Rocks, unaccustomed as they are to victory, had nothing to worry about as long as they did not become careless. Matabeleland Tuskers came out fighting, and determined to show that fact to the world by the constant barrage of noise they kept up in the field. They did make the batsmen fight for the runs. Sikandar Raza and Cham Chibhabha played some good straight drives over the bowler’s head in the powerplay overs before, at 29, Raza (14) miscued a pull to deep midwicket off Chris Mpofu, who was fast and aggressive.
Craig Ervine, just back from the World Cup, came in next to play a solid, capable innings, his most notable strokes being pulls off the short deliveries. Chibhabha played a sound innings, speeding up as he approached his fifty, but he was denied this landmark by Ervine, who drove a four and a six off successive balls to take Southern Rocks through to the final. Chibhabha finished with 45 and Ervine 36. Well as the Matabeleland Tuskers bowlers had performed, their batsmen had not left them nearly enough runs to play with. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 94 (31.1 overs; Staddon 25, Vitori 5/26), Rocks 97/1 (20.3 overs; Chibhabha 45*, Mpofu 1/23). Southern Rocks win by 9 wickets.
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The first semi-final of the MetBank Pro40 Championship between Mid-West Rhinos and Mountaineers at Harare Sports Club turned out to be a disappointing contest. Mid-West Rhinos seemed to have lost their chance as they managed to total no more than 200 on a good pitch, but then Mountaineers collapsed dismally against good bowling to be rolled over for 84. Vusi Sibanda, Malcolm Waller and Solomon Mire all did well with the bat for the winners, while all the bowlers did well, Graeme Cremer finishing with the best result of four cheap wickets.
Mountaineers won the toss and decided to field. Mid-West Rhinos did not make a good start, losing both openers for 19, including Brendan Taylor who, if he was attempting one of his now famous uppercuts, miscued it badly and skied a catch that was well taken by point running backwards. He had never looked fluent in scoring 10 off 25 balls. Then Waller joined Sibanda and a good partnership developed. Sibanda did not always time the ball well and more than once a miscued stroke just evaded the fielders, but he stuck to his task. Waller began rather uncertainly but once he found his touch he played his strokes well and caught up with Sibanda. They had just taken the score past 100 when Sibanda ran himself out, starting off for a single that wasn’t there, near Timycen Maruma in the covers, and was unable to get back in time to beat a good throw. He had made 42 off 61 balls.
Waller reached 54 and then drove over a yorker from Netsai Mushangwe, and two more quick wickets fell. At this point Mid-West Rhinos were looking bad at 134 for six after 31 overs. It was an impressive and powerfully hit 45 off 30 balls from Mire that turned the situation around. Supported well by Cremer, he attacked the bowling with confidence, hitting two fours and three sixes. Off the last ball of the 40 overs Mid-West Rhinos reached 200, with six wickets down. Shingi Masakadza and Maruma took two wickets each, but both only bowled five of their allotted eight overs.
If Mid-West Rhinos had started badly, Mountaineers began worse, even suicidally. Sensible batting should have achieved their moderate target. Jonathan Beukes was given out caught down the leg side off the first ball he faced, while Tino Mawoyo (6) drove outside the off stump and edged to the keeper. Hamilton Masakadza (2) was bowled driving at a full-length ball from Nicolson, while Maruma (6) drove a low catch to mid-off. The four most capable batsmen in the team had gone for 19 runs within four overs, leaving the rest of the line-up to pull off a near-miracle if the match was to be won. The bowling was very good, certainly, but not good enough to excuse such a fall of wickets to poor strokes.
The inexperienced 17-year-old Kevin Kasuza held on gamely, though, and Prosper Utseya helped him take the score to 45 before he mistimed a stroke against Cremer and sent a return catch. Kasuza finally fell at 71, slicing a drive to mid-off, having made much the highest score of 30. His lack of experience was clear but his determination impressed. Apart from a six by Donald Tiripano, the rest of the batting subsided without a whimper for a shameful total of 84. Mountaineers will need to do much better in the Logan Cup final next week. Nicolson and Lewis, who made the early breakthrough, took two wickets each, as did Richard Muzhange, while Cremer did almost as he liked in taking four wickets for 13 runs in seven overs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 200/6 (40 overs; Waller 54, S Masakadza 2/17), Mountaineers 85 (25 overs; Kasuza 30, Cremer 4/13). Midwest Rhinos win by 116 runs.
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They may have lost the T20 title narrowly on Saturday, but Sunday saw Southern Rocks 'B' turn the tables on Tuskers to claim the one-day title by a convincing margin, leaving them holding 2 of the 3 'B' titles for the season. Tuskers won the toss and opted to bat, but were bowled out for 171 in the 46th over as Rocks' Tendai Chisoro took 5/31, ably supported by Keith Kulinga (2/43), to keep Tuskers in check. Stephen Trenchard's 25 was the best of the bunch for Tuskers.
Rocks had very little problems chasing the total, losing just 4 wickets along the way and claiming the title with over 11 overs to spare. Alester Maregwede again top-scored, as he did in the T20, with 37, while Thabo Mboyi took 4/24 for Tuskers in a losing cause. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 171 (45.4 overs; Trenchard 25, Chisoro 5/31), Rocks 172/4 (38/5 overs; Maregwede 37, Mboyi 4/24). Southern Rocks 'B' win by 6 wickets.