Mawoyo, Masvaure shine in draw

HARARE - Zimbabwe A top order batsmen Tino Mawoyo and Prince Masvaure scored half centuries to help secure a draw against South Africa A in the first unofficial Test match here yesterday.

The locals were set 358 to win after the visitors declared on 171/3d just before lunch adding to their first innings total of 455/6d having resumed day three on 121/2.

The move appeared to have paid dividends when the hosts first innings hero Brian Chari was dismissed for just 13 runs in the fifth over.

However, former Test opener Mawoyo (79) and his counterpart Masvaure (88) starred in an unbroken 177-run partnership as the hosts finished their second innings on 192/1.

Both sides unanimously agreed for an early end into the match with Zimbabwe A needing 166 runs to win from 15 overs.

Zimbabwe A captain Tino Mutombodzi praised his charges for showing a good fighting spirit against the visitors.

“I think the guys applied themselves very well; before our innings, we spoke about fighting back after the South Africans batted very well in their first innings and that’s what the guys did,” he said.

“We obviously we knew that these guys were gonna come hard on us but we came together and said we should just put it a notch higher and guys did that well.”

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