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Matabeleland beat Mashonaland

by ESPNcricinfo staff
16 Jan 2011 at 16:16hrs | Views

Matabeleland Tuskers beat Mashonaland Eagles by 65 runs at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo after forfeiting their second innings in an attempt to force a result.


The Tuskers were put in to bat and they responded well, with opener Terry Duffin and wicketkeeper Adam Wheater hitting half-centuries to take their team to 339.


The Tuskers, though, had batted for a good part of the second day as well, and the Eagles just saw out 15 overs to declare at 32 for 1 - a deficit of 307.


Once the Tuskers decided to forfeit their innings, The Eagles had to chase 308 for victory, and at 205 for 3 they looked good to achieve it.


Captain Forster Mutizwa led by example, making 116, and adding 137 for the fourth wicket with Greg Lamb, who contributed 74.


But the Tuskers seamers brought their team back into contention. Chris Mpofu starred with five wickets, supported by Tawanda Mupariwa's three-for.


The last seven Eagles wickets fell for 37 in a matter of just over 13 overs to hand Tuskers their third win of the competition.


The Tuskers now find themselves in second position in the points table, the Eagles are second from the bottom.


Only 45 overs were possible in the contest between Mountaineers and Mid West Rhinos at the Mutare Sports Club as the first, third and fourth days were washed out.

Source - Aspn