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Rhinos Fight Back in Mutare

MIDWEST Rhinos fought back strongly on the first day of their Logan Cup match with Manicaland Mountaineers in Mutare yesterday.

Rhinos had managed to restrict the hosts to 145-5 at stumps after being bowled out for 136 earlier.

Manicaland off-spinner Timmy Maruma was again the toast for the hosts, bowling magnificently to claim 6-40. Maruma’s biggest scalp was the in-form Rhinos captain Vusi Sibanda, who he bowled for four.

Only Rhinos opener Innocent Chikunya, with a steady 54, resisted the onslaught.  He was out when emerging leg-spinner Natsayi Mushangwe trapped him leg before.

Opening bowler Shingi Masakadza and Mushangwe took two wickets apiece.

In reply, Mountaineers were lifted from a worrisome 90-5 by first-class debutant Jethro Maudzi (20 not out) and Donald Tiripano (29 not out) to be 145-5 at the end of Day 1.

Opener Johnson Marumisa top-scored with 60 before he was snapped by wicketkeeper Chikunya from offspinner Remembrance Nyathi’s bowling.

In Masvingo, captain Terry Duffin struck a solid century (144) as visitors Matabeleland Tuskers closed on 322-3 against Southern Rocks. Dion Ebrahim scored 89 while Keith Dabengwa was unbeaten on 44. — Staff Writer.

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