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Date: Monday 12 December 2011
Ned Eckersley’s Mountaineers side won the Stanbic Bank 20 Series in Zimbabwe after a 27-run win against Mashonaland Eagles.
Phil Mustard posted a half-century as Mountaineers made 142-6 in the final and the team bowled their opponents out for 118.
The team had previously reached a target of 168 to beat Matabeleland Tuskers in the semi-final, Hamilton Masakadza registering an unbeaten 80 and Mustard 44.
Eckersley played in the group stages of the competition and started with a score of 11* to help guide the team to victory in their opening fixture against Mid West Rhinos at Harare Sports Club.
Star all-rounder Chris Gayle inspired Matabeleland Tuskers to a 19-run victory against Mountaineers in the second game – their only defeat of the campaign.
Gayle made a 38-ball 61 in a total of 161-4 and then took 4-22, including the wicket of Eckersley for three as Mountaineers were restricted to 142-9.
Mountaineers won a rain-affected game against Mashonaland Eagles to take their record to two victories from three outings. Eckersley made 12* in a total of 139-7 from their 20 overs.
A Mashonaland Eagles side containing Peter Trego, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Ryan ten Doeschate were set a D-L target of 105 to win from 15.1 overs but lost by 22 runs.
Eckersley was one not out as Mountaineers posted 166-6 against Southern Rocks and the opposition could only muster 123-6 in reply and the team went on to win the competition.
Eckersley also played in a 14-run win against Kenya. He batted towards the end of the innings and was out for two in the final over.