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Matabeleland Tuskers, Mountaineers draw

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Matabeleland Tuskers and Mountaineers drew their rain-affected Castle Logan Cup cricket match at Queens Sports Club Monday after a wet outfield prevented play on day four.

No play was possible on the opening day and yesterday. On the second day, Tuskers, who won the toss and elected to bat, reached 264 all out after 109,1 overs. Both teams get no points from the game.

Top order batsman Paul Horton struck 121 off 273 balls, which included 12 boundaries as he struggled to put runs on the board due to the condition of the field, managing a strike rate of 44,32.

The Sydney-born and former Lancashire player of the year’s previous highest score in first- class cricket is 173.

Terrence Duffin weighed in with 39 off 118 balls and Bradley Staddon added 33 off 104 balls.

Mountaineers’ Greg Smith grabbed a career best 4-29 beating his previous mark of 5-54 while Timycen Maruma claimed his best of 3-17.

Smith grabbed the prized wickets of Horton and Staddon before adding Tawanda Mupariwa and Njabulo Ncube for zero.

Maruma removed Charles Coventry for two before having both Adam Wheater and Steven Trenchard given out leg before wicket, both on zero.

On Sunday, Mountaineers’ Tino Mawoyo’s 40 off 51 balls set the visitors to 99-4 in 23,4 overs. Ncube, Mupariwa and Staddon claimed a wicket each while Jonathan Buekes was run out.

Both teams now meet tomorrow in the MetBank Pro40 championships at the same venue.

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