MOUNTAINEERS crumbled to an embarrassing total of 26 runs in their second innings yesterday as hosts Southern Rocks rallied to claim a comfortable 37-run victory in a low-scoring Logan Cup match at Masvingo Sports Club.
The home team's bowling pair of Tawanda Mupariwa (6-17) and captain Tinashe Panyangara (4-4) needed 15,3 overs only to dismantle the visitors on the third day after having been blown away for 58.
The Rocks batsmen had done a shoddy job following a batting collapse that left visitors chasing a seemingly easy target of 64 runs, with almost two days of play remaining.
However, Mountaineers crumbled as Rocks went on to win with a bonus point for taking the first innings lead.
Rocks had put on 165 runs in their first innings after being thrown in to bat first but they hit back strongly by restricting their opponents to 159 runs.
Mupariwa finished with 10 match wickets as he had earlier taken 4-30 in the first innings, with Mark Pettini (40) being the highest scorer for Mountaineers.
Shingi Masakadza and Tendai Chatara then shared eight wickets equally between them when they had Rocks crashing out at 58 runs inside 30.4 overs in their second innings. Mountaineers needed 64 runs to win the match but their batsmen never came to the party, with no one getting a double figure.
Five of them went out for ducks as their experienced top order batsmen Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza departed in quick succession in the first over.
The scorecard looked thin with Timycen Maruma's seven runs being the highest score.
Rocks joined Mountaineers and Mid West Rhinos on 14 points in the log table.
Rhinos who had a disappointing start against log leaders Matabeleland Tuskers will go into the last day of their match with much expectation after a double ton from Malcom Waller (208) and a century from skipper Brendan Taylor (140) put them in a commanding position.
Rhinos who had crashed out for 65 runs in their first innings returned stronger yesterday and managed to score 491 runs in response to Tuskers' 216.
Rhinos had made the breakthrough as they had Tuskers battling for life on 91/4 at stumps. Tuskers need 250 runs with six wickets in hand to win the match. Sean Ervine (55) and Sean Williams (10) will resume the innings.