Late wickets stifle Mountaineers

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Matabeleland Tuskers seamers shared four late wickets to stifle Mountaineers chances on the penultimate day of the Castle Logan Cup cricket match at Mutare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Two quick wickets by Keegan Meth and a wicket apiece for Njabulo Ncube and Christopher Mpofu left Mountaineers in trouble on 40 for four and still trailing the visitors by 159 runs.

Tuskers, who had posted 306 runs in their first innings, resumed the third day with a slender lead of just 12 runs after restricting the hosts to a modest 294 runs.

The Mountaineers bowlers however, took advantage of the deteriorating pitch to dismiss the visitors for a measly 186 runs a lead of just 198 runs with more than a day left in match.

Promising Mountaineers seamer Shingi Masakadza was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 49 runs to finish with seven wickets in the match after his three wickets in the first innings.

Tuskers who at one time were reeling at 86 for five, owed their recovery to Meth’s unbeaten 41 and some resistance from the tail enders as they could have been bundled out for a much less total.

Mountaineers should have fancied their chances of easily chasing down the modest target, but got a rude awakening when Meth easily removed the wickets of openers Tino Mawoyo (5) and Bernard Mlambo (4) in his first four overs.