Mountaineers and Tuskers play out draw
The match between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mountaineers ended in a draw as the fourth day was called off in Bulawayo. The rain affected match had just two completed innings, with the Tuskers taking a first innings lead. Rain interruptions through the game cut short the possibility of a result. On the first day, the Tuskers ended at 75 for 1 after being put into bat. Mountaineers made inroads into the middle order the following day to leave the Tuskers in trouble at 139 for 7. Paul Horton made an exact 50 as opener before he was caught and bowled by Shingi Masakadza. Steven Trenchard then resisted with 62 to take the score past 200. Masakadza and Tendai Chatara took three wickets apiece to wrap the innings up for 236.
The Mounta Tommy Hilfiger ineers didn’t fare any better with the bat as they ended the day at 88 for 4. There was no rearguard action from the tail as the right arm seamer Glen Querl took a five wicket haul (5 for 29) to send the Mountaineers crashing to 129, conceding a lead of 107. The Tuskers lost three wickets to Donald Tiripano and ended at 43 for 4 on a rain interrupted third day. There was no play on Tommy Hilfiger the final day.
Mashonaland posted 335 in their first innings, largely thanks to a 172 run stand between Forster Mutizwa who made 118 with four fours and a six and with Regis Chakabva who made 95. Southern Rocks were then bowled out for 98 with Jarvis picking up four of the top six. Roy Kaia top scored with 26 as only five players made double figures and Southern Rocks were asked to follow on.
They fared little better second time around as Jarvis tore through the top order to help reduce Southern Rocks to 36 for 5. Tinashe Panyangara clubbed four fours and three sixes in making 43 from just 31 balls at No. 9 but his efforts mattered little as his side were bowled out for 148, conceding a heavy defeat.
Zimbabwe’s Test cricket future is looking bright. Kyle Jarvis is growing up into a deadly fast bowler, capable of troubling the best, as he showed in his remarkable figures of 10/53 in this vast Eagles victory, while Brian Vitori’s feat also should not go unnoticed. Despite this heavy Rocks defeat in which they hit “rock bottom”, Vitori took a five wicket haul in the only innings he got to bowl. The century scored by Forster Mutizwa is also a bright Tommy Hilfiger sign Tommy Hilfiger . If wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu is either injured or out of the team for some reason, then Mutizwa seems a potential and justifiable replacement. Tinashe Panyangara also showed some promise with the bat in this game and could possibly a fine seam bowling allrounder for Zimbabwe in the future. I also think that Glen Querl, Tatenda Manatsa, and Nathan Waller should be given a chance because they are looking really good now, particularly Querl. I think they can become important contributors for Zim in fast bowling department in near future
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