[Logan Cup] Tuskers Trounce Mountaineers

Mountaineers looked like a team devoid of confidence as they slumped to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Matabeleland Tuskers with scarcely a fight. Apart from Shingi Masakadza, who fought a lone battle, the team that had such a marvellous Logan Cup record last season were dismissed for 92 runs in their second innings, chasing only 199 to win. The Matabeleland Tuskers seam battery did a fine job, spearheaded by Chris Mpofu, who took four for 40, taking his total for the match to nine. Keegan Meth, back to his economical best, took three for 19 in 14 overs.

Going into the final day, Mountaineers were 40 for four wickets, and their two international batsmen, Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza, were among those dismissed, so their chances of victory on a difficult pitch looked slim. From the start they played like a team without hope, scarcely offering an attacking stroke against the determined pace bowling of Tuskers. Timycen Maruma, the captain, was particularly disappointing, as he is so often a fighter in such circumstances, but on this occasion he had little to offer. After almost an hour at the crease for just 10 runs, he unwisely shouldered arms to a ball from Chris Mpofu that came back and bowled him.

Ten runs came in the first hour and the procession continued. The night-watchman Silent Mujaji did the best he could, until he was stumped for 5 off 69 balls in 94 minutes. But it was the responsibility of his more capable partners to take the initiative, and with the exception of Shingi Masakadza they failed badly. Shingi, always a fighter when the situation is difficult, played a positive and determined innings of 29 off 45 balls, before a ball from Mpofu had him fending a catch to mid-on. Otherwise the Matabeleland Tuskers bowlers had things all their own way, as the other home batsmen could offer nothing more than timid defence.

It would appear that their unexpected defeats in last year’s three domestic competitions, for which they were favourites, and especially the Logan Cup final to this Matabeleland Tuskers team, has shattered the confidence of the Mountaineers players. Their coach Gary Brent strongly praised their wonderful attitude throughout pre-season practice, but if the vital ingredient of confidence is missing, this will all be in vain. Mountaineers have the skills and dedication to succeed, even to win the Logan Cup, but before that can happen, they need to repair their wounded spirits. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 306 (85.4 overs; Ewing 102, Mushangwe 5/112) & 186 (66.1 overs; Meth 41*, S Masakadza 4/49), Mountaineers 294 (91.1 overs; H Masakadza 75, Mpofu 5/55) & 92 (48.2 overs; S Masakadza 29, Mpofu 4/40). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 106 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

Matabeleland Tuskers 1st innings
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
PJ Horton 	b Tiripano 	                13 	32 	30 	2 	0 	43.33
T Duffin 	c Mawoyo b SW Masakadza 	7 	47 	29 	1 	0 	24.13
GM Ewing* 	b Tiripano 	                102 	202 	172 	18 	0 	59.30
CR Ervine 	c H Masakadza b Mushangwe 	59 	129 	91 	9 	0 	64.83
KM Dabengwa 	not out 	                67 	168 	116 	8 	0 	57.75
SM Trenchard 	c Tiripano b Mushangwe 	        6 	30 	12 	1 	0 	50.00
KO Meth 	c Mujaji b Mushangwe 	        4 	15 	11 	1 	0 	36.36
T Ngulube† 	c H Masakadza b Mushangwe 	5 	19 	21 	1 	0 	23.80
CB Mpofu 	lbw b SW Masakadza 	        10 	26 	16 	2 	0 	62.50
N Ncube 	b SW Masakadza 	                3 	8 	6 	0 	0 	50.00
J Nyumbu 	b Mushangwe 	                16 	27 	15 	2 	1 	106.66
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 1, w 4, nb 5) 	        14 					
	Total 	(all out; 85.4 overs; 346 mins) 306 	(3.57 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Horton, 7.6 ov), 2-31 (Duffin, 10.6 ov), 3-164 (Ervine, 45.2 ov), 
4-224 (Ewing, 60.5 ov), 5-235 (Trenchard, 63.5 ov), 6-244 (Meth, 67.2 ov), 
7-259 (Ngulube, 73.3 ov), 8-277 (Mpofu, 78.5 ov), 9-283 (Ncube, 80.2 ov), 10-306 (Nyumbu, 85.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	19 	5 	40 	3 	2.10 	(2nb, 2w) 	
DT Tiripano 	14 	2 	47 	2 	3.35 		
S Mujaji 	10 	2 	43 	0 	4.30 	(2nb, 2w) 	
N Mushangwe 	29.4 	6 	110 	5 	3.70 		
T Maruma 	13 	0 	61 	0 	4.69 	(1nb) 	


Mountaineers 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	c Ncube b Mpofu 	        13 	40 	35 	2 	0 	37.14
B Mlambo 	b Nyumbu 	                38 	151 	101 	3 	1 	37.62
H Masakadza 	c †Ngulube b Mpofu 	        75 	135 	114 	9 	2 	65.78
JT Maudzi 	b Nyumbu 	                1 	8 	2 	0 	0 	50.00
T Maruma* 	b Ncube 	                17 	57 	38 	3 	0 	44.73
KT Kasuza 	b Mpofu 	                46 	102 	78 	5 	1 	58.97
SW Masakadza 	b Ncube 	                3 	7 	8 	0 	0 	37.50
B Katsande† 	lbw b Meth 	                45 	140 	104 	4 	0 	43.26
DT Tiripano 	lbw b Mpofu 	                11 	24 	15 	2 	0 	73.33
N Mushangwe 	b Mpofu 	                7 	25 	14 	1 	0 	50.00
S Mujaji 	not out 	                21 	40 	38 	3 	1 	55.26
	Extras 	(b 8, lb 9) 	                17 					
	Total 	(all out; 91.1 overs; 372 mins) 294 	(3.22 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Mawoyo, 9.3 ov), 2-113 (Mlambo, 38.2 ov), 3-117 (Maudzi, 40.1 ov), 
4-137 (H Masakadza, 43.3 ov), 5-168 (Maruma, 53.4 ov), 6-172 (SW Masakadza, 55.4 ov), 
7-227 (Kasuza, 69.4 ov), 8-245 (Tiripano, 75.6 ov), 9-255 (Mushangwe, 81.1 ov), 
10-294 (Katsande, 91.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	18.1 	5 	40 	1 	2.20 		
J Nyumbu 	18 	2 	80 	2 	4.44 		
CB Mpofu 	23 	5 	55 	5 	2.39 		
N Ncube 	17 	6 	31 	2 	1.82 		
KM Dabengwa 	14 	2 	61 	0 	4.35 		
GM Ewing 	1 	0 	10 	0 	10.00 		


Matabeleland Tuskers 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
PJ Horton 	b Tiripano 	                9 	33 	30 	1 	0 	30.00
T Duffin 	b SW Masakadza 	                2 	29 	19 	0 	0 	10.52
GM Ewing* 	c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 	25 	114 	75 	4 	0 	33.33
CR Ervine 	c †Katsande b Mujaji 	        14 	68 	56 	1 	0 	25.00
KM Dabengwa 	b Maruma 	                33 	79 	58 	4 	0 	56.89
SM Trenchard 	c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 	9 	17 	11 	2 	0 	81.81
KO Meth 	not out 	                41 	106 	81 	6 	0 	50.61
T Ngulube† 	lbw b Maruma 	                17 	48 	40 	2 	0 	42.50
CB Mpofu 	run out (Mlambo/†Katsande) 	13 	23 	22 	2 	0 	59.09
N Ncube 	c Mujaji b Mushangwe 	        8 	27 	10 	0 	1 	80.00
J Nyumbu 	b SW Masakadza 	                0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(b 7, lb 2, nb 6) 	        15 					
	Total 	(all out; 66.1 overs; 269 mins) 186 	(2.81 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Duffin, 6.6 ov), 2-13 (Horton, 7.5 ov), 3-50 (Ervine, 24.4 ov), 
4-67 (Ewing, 34.4 ov), 5-87 (Trenchard, 38.4 ov), 6-100 (Dabengwa, 41.3 ov), 
7-147 (Ngulube, 56.3 ov), 8-169 (Mpofu, 62.6 ov), 9-186 (Ncube, 65.5 ov), 10-186 (Nyumbu, 66.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	16.1 	3 	49 	4 	3.03 	(4nb) 	
DT Tiripano 	12 	3 	33 	1 	2.75 	(1nb) 	
S Mujaji 	8 	6 	8 	1 	1.00 		
N Mushangwe 	19 	5 	55 	1 	2.89 		
T Maruma 	11 	3 	32 	2 	2.90 	(1nb) 	


Mountaineers 2nd innings (target: 199 runs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	b Meth 	                        5 	36 	27 	0 	0 	18.51
B Mlambo 	c Nyumbu b Meth 	        4 	20 	14 	1 	0 	28.57
H Masakadza 	b Mpofu 	                14 	63 	31 	3 	0 	45.16
JT Maudzi 	c Horton b Ncube 	        6 	36 	31 	0 	0 	19.35
S Mujaji 	st †Ngulube b Meth 	        5 	94 	69 	0 	0 	7.24
T Maruma* 	b Mpofu 	                10 	54 	34 	0 	0 	29.41
KT Kasuza 	c †Ngulube b Mpofu 	        0 	2 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
SW Masakadza 	c Nyumbu b Mpofu 	        29 	66 	45 	6 	0 	64.44
B Katsande† 	st †Ngulube b Dabengwa 	        5 	29 	15 	0 	0 	33.33
DT Tiripano 	not out 	                6 	18 	14 	1 	0 	42.85
N Mushangwe 	c & b Dabengwa 	                1 	12 	8 	0 	0 	12.50
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 2, nb 1) 	        7 					
	Total 	(all out; 48.2 overs; 217 mins) 92 	(1.90 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Mlambo, 4.5 ov), 2-18 (Mawoyo, 8.1 ov), 3-34 (Maudzi, 16.3 ov), 
4-34 (H Masakadza, 17.4 ov), 5-48 (Maruma, 31.1 ov), 6-48 (Kasuza, 31.4 ov), 
7-52 (Mujaji, 38.3 ov), 8-84 (Katsande, 44.4 ov), 9-84 (SW Masakadza, 45.1 ov), 
10-92 (Mushangwe, 48.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	14 	6 	19 	3 	1.35 		
CB Mpofu 	19 	5 	40 	4 	2.10 	(1nb) 	
N Ncube 	13 	6 	26 	1 	2.00 		
KM Dabengwa 	2.2 	2 	1 	2 	0.42 		


Match details
Toss: Matabeleland Tuskers, who chose to bat
Points: Matabeleland Tuskers 7, Mountaineers 0
First-class debut: JT Maudzi (Mountaineers)
Player of the match: CB Mpofu (Matabeleland Tuskers)