Southern Rocks 146 all out
Mountaineers 389 for five
Mountaineers lead by 243 runs with five wickets remaining in the first innings.
Mountaineers’ new signing Phil Mustard and skipper Tymicen Maruma cracked magnificent centuries to leave Southern Rocks facing a comprehensive defeat in their Logan Cup encounter at Mutare Sports Club yesterday.
Mustard, making his Logan Cup debut for Mountaineers, scored a well compiled 105 off just 115 deliveries in an innings that included nine fours and shared a first-wicket partnership of 142 runs with fellow opener Tino Mawoyo, who also chipped in with 53 runs.
At stumps home side was firmly in control as they closed on 389 for five in reply to Rocks’ paltry 146 in their first innings.
Maruma who had just cracked his maiden first-class century was unbeaten on 112 runs while experienced off-spinner Prosper Utseya was also resolute on 63 runs to give Mountaineers a lead of 243 runs with five wickets remaining.
The pair’s sixth-wicket partnership stand was still unbeaten at 136 runs, the second highest in the match so far.
Maruma, who took over the captaincy from Hamilton Masakadza, eclipsed his previous career-best first-class score of 76 with a patient knock that included 16 boundaries and a six.
Southern Rocks’ left-arm spinner Prince Masvaure was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers, with two wickets for 44 runs in 16 overs includingMustard’s precious wicket .
In complete contrast it was the bowling department which laid a solid foundation for Mountaineers, who won the toss before electing to field on the opening day on Monday with the seamers in particular making it very difficult for the Rocks’ batsman to settle.
Promising right arm fast medium bowler Tendai Chatara claimed three wickets for 50 runs in 18 overs while fellow seamers Shingirai Masakadza and Donald Tiripano shared two wickets apiece.