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Rocks, Mountaineers settle for draw

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Winless Southern Rocks and current log-leaders Mountaineers settled for a draw in their rain-affected Castle Logan Cup encounter at Masvingo Sports Club on Sunday.

The match always looked destined for a stalemate from day one when play did not start as scheduled due to a wet outfield after overnight rains.

Play only started after lunch on the second day and Southern Rocks, who had won the toss and elected to bat first, went on to post 259 in their first innings courtesy of a half-century by Stuart Matsikenyeri.

A former national team regular, Matsikenyeri has struggled to recapture the form that once made him a household name in local cricket as an aggressive opening batsman.

However on Saturday, he showed some glimpses that he could be rediscovering his form with 64 runs from 105 balls while Tafadzwa Kamungozi (44) and Sikandar Raza (41) gave their total a measure of respectability.

Leg spinner Natsai Mushangwe was the pick of the bowlers for Mountaineers, with three wickets for 71 runs in 18 overs while Prosper Utseya chipped in with two wickets.

In reply Mountaineers were bowled out for 218 runs in 73 overs which left them with a deficit of 41 runs, thereby guaranteeing winless Rocks a point for the first innings lead.

Rocks went in for their second innings after lunch on the final day and finished on 158-3 in 35 overs which gave them a lead of 199 runs although it didn’t make any difference as the match ended in a draw.

Opening batsman Steve Marillier had gave the hosts a solid start with 62 runs before he fell for the second time in the match to Mushangwe while Tatenda Taibu was unbeaten on 53.

The two teams will now shift their attention to the Metbank Pro40 Championship where they will meet in their last round-robin encounters tomorrow before the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday.

Rocks and defending champions Mountaineers will be joined by Matabeleland Tuskers and MidWest Rhinos in the knockout phase limited- overs competition.

In the other match, MidWest Rhinos will clash with visiting Matabeleland Tuskers in a Metbank Pro40 encounter at Kwekwe Sports Club after their Logan Cup encounter was called off due to persistent rains in the mining town.

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