Wadlan stars in thrilling Rhinos win

A sensational spell of bowling from overseas pro Bradley Wadlan gave Mid West Rhinos a thrilling 17-run win on the third day over Mashonaland Eagles in Harare.

Chasing a modest 133 for victory after dismissing Rhinos for 213 in their second innings, Eagles collapsed to be all out for 115. Left-arm spinner Wadlan, given the new-ball by his captain Peter Moor, tore through the top-order, dismissing Simba Gupo, Ryan Burl, Kudzai Maunze and Greg Lamb for the addition of just 23 runs.

The Eagles lower-middle-order did provide some brief resistance, with Trevor Garwe making 24 following the dismissal of Chamu Chibhabha for 29. However, Wadlan returned to mop up the tail and finished with figures of seven for 39 from 18 overs. He had earlier top-scored with 55 for Rhinos with the bat as Ronald Timoni took three for 41.

The 25 year-old from Bridgend in Wales clearly enjoys playing in Zimbabwe and averages 30.66 with the bat and 10.25 with the ball after four first-class matches spread over two seasons.

Wadlan took to Twitter after the game to dedicate his exceptional performance to his brother Brett, who tragically died in an accident at Bridgend railway station earlier this year.

In Bulawayo, Matabeleland Tuskers declared their first innings on 351 for nine in reply to Mountaineeers‘ 158. The visitors then reduced their substantial deficit to just 58 by stumps, closing on 135 for three.

Opener Kevin Kasuza was run-out for 58 after adding 38 with fellow opener Tino Mawoyo (17) and 68 with Charles Kunje for the second-wicket. Kunje finished the day unbeaten on 33 alongside Roy Kaia on 17.

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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