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    Friday, 13 May 2016

    Southern Rocks ease to ten-wicket victory over Matebeleland North


    - It was a piece of cake for Southern Rocks when they beat Matabeleland North by 315 for 9 in inaugural 40 Associate provincial competition at Masvingo Sports Club last weekend.Winning the toss, Mat North opted to bowl first leaving Magwenzi Lawrence and Chimbirimbiri Nelson to face opening overs from a fast pace bowler captain Kasonde Paul and Gunda Dennis.
    In the first ten overs, Mat North appeared to be in total control of the game as the batting pair put 36 runs.
     Auspiciously the run chase commenced as the partnership of Magwenzi L (55 for 53) and Chimbirimbiri N (54 for 40) gained confidence and displayed their skills hitting boundaries which enabled the team to improve in their economy rate.
     Kasonde cut off the chase for a century for the opening pair, holding out leg stump from Magwenzi and an LBW (leg before wicket) for Chimbirimbiri.
     Matanga Hillary also belted 55 runs off 49 balls before his target for a century was halted by Michael Nyoni.
    However, tables turned gloomy for Mat North in their batting innings as they failed to chase 315 runs set by Southern Rocks as most of the batsmen joined duck parade producing no runs.
    The run chase from opening partnership of Dingane Witness (0 off 19 balls) and Kawara Mikel (0 off 1 ball) started inauspiciously as it hurled no runs onto the score board in five overs.
      Home team ripped through rivalry batsmen squad as Murove Douglas amassed eight wickets and two maidens whilst Hlupho Farai scooped two wickets.
    Team Manager, Nomatter Mhangara said that he was delighted by the performance of the team as they easily defeated Mat North.
    "Indeed the performance from the guys was absolutely stunning as they put in a lot of effort in consolidating their lead. I hope we will make it to the finals and win the title," said Mhangara after the match.
    Mat north faced 9.3 overs reaching a total of 21 runs for 10 wickets.
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