Day 2: 28 November 2012, at Masvingo Sports Club
Close of play: Southern Rocks (164 & 58) v Mountaineers (159 & 13/4)
Resuming on an overnight total of 27 for two, Mountaineers piled on 132 more runs to put up a 159-run total for their first innings, in the Logan Cup match against hosts Southern Rocks at Masvingo Sports Club.
Opener Dan Hodgson was bowled by Brian Vitori on 18 runs in the forty-second over while top scorer Mark Pettini followed seven overs later with 40 runs to his name after being trapped leg-before-wicket by Tinashe Panyangara.
After their departure, Mountaineers failed to offer some resistance with young Kevin Kasuza scoring 17 runs and eventually running out of partners as they all quickly went back to the pavillion owing to some awful shot selection. No other batsman got into double figures.
For the hosts, Tawanda Mupariwa had a splendid day in the field with the ball as he picked up four wickets for 30 runs in 15.5 overs. Paceman Tinashe Panyangara and former Mashonaland Eagles all-rounder Prince Masvaure picked up two wickets each. Brian Vitori and spinner Tafadzwa Kamungozi claimed one each.
Trouble continued for Southern Rocks in their second innings as they were bowled out for 58 runs on day two. Their first innings misfortunes followed them in the second as they started off badly with English import Benjamin Slater falling for four runs in the fifth over off the bowling of Shingirai Masakadza.
Fellow opener Kudzai Maunze did not impress either, departing in the tenth over after attempting a short to the covers only to be caught by Tendai Chatara off the bowling of Shingirai Masakadza.
Such was the Rocks’ batting dilemma, Roy Kaia top-scored with 13 runs while Peter Burgoyne made 12 as the host batsmen failed to put up something significant in double figures.
Shingirai Masakadza claimed four wickets for 21 runs in 10 overs for Mountaineers, while Tendai Chatara also took four wickets but for 15 runs and in 7.5 overs. Hamilton Masakadza and Donald Tiripano picked up a wicket each.
In the second innings, the visitors lost four wickets cheaply. With his first delivery of the innings, Tinashe Panyangara uprooted opening batsman Tinotenda Mawoyo’s stumps, leaving Mountaineers on nought for one. Kevin Kasuza then mistimed a Mupariwa slow ball after contributing six runs on the board. Hamilton Masakadza and Gregory Lamb were to follow with two ball ducks, leaving the visitors reeling on eight for four.
At stumps, Mountaineers were 13 for four. Play resumes at 1000 hours on day three on Thursday.