[Logan Cup] Eagles Comeback Secures Win Over Rocks

Forster Mutizwa was the star in the Mashonaland Eagles turnaround three-wicket victory against Southern Rocks at Masvingo Sports Club, with an emphatic unbeaten 163 runs on Thursday.

Eagles turned their fortunes around in the last session of day three when Elton Chigumbura (53) and Mutizwa formed a 115-run partnership. Going into the fourth and final day on Thursday, Eagles had an overnight total of 141/3, trailing by 197 runs. Mutizwa was unbeaten on 70 but was unfortunate to lose his partner in the early overs of the final day when Chigumbura was caught behind off the bowling of Tinashe Panyangara. Trevor Garwe was sent in to bat ahead of Regis Chakabva. He made 39 runs. Chakabva was the most recognised batsman left and his departure for 10 when the Eagles needed 87 runs to win with four wickets remaining seemed to signal their defeat.

Young Nathan Waller joined Mutizwa and immediately took the fight to the Rocks, hitting three sixes and seven boundaries for a quick-fire 53 runs from just 48 deliveries. Mutizwa’s ton is his third in his first-class career. It came off 297 balls and included 25 boundaries.

There was a fair bit of good bowling in the match, mostly by the fast bowlers. With Mutizwa’s batting, they were the other factor that tossed the match back and forth between the two teams. Panyangara showed he was the most lethal Rocks’ bowler, taking three wickets in both innings for 76 runs – at an economy rate of 2.48 per over. Mark Mbofana matched Panyangara’s wickets, claiming five for 41 runs in the first innings and one for 19 in the second.

The victory earned the Eagles six points on the log and a point for the Rocks for a first-innings lead bonus. Southern Rocks can derive a lot of positives from this match. These include the balance in their bowling attack as well as a reliable and stable top and middle order. And so they stand a good chance for a positive result when they host the MidWest Rhinos next week in Masvingo. Meanwhile, Eagles will be in high spirits as they will be hosted by the Mountaineers at Mutare Sports Club. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 266 (91 overs; Mutumbami 70, Mbofana 5/41) & 219 (74.1 overs; Chibhabha 66, Waller 3/26), Eagles 147 (45.5 overs; Matsikenyeri 44, Panyangara 3/33) & 342/7 (97 overs; Mutizwa 164*, Panyangara 3/43). Mashonaland Eagles win by 3 wickets.

Southern Rocks 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        lbw b Waller 	                35 	80 	56 	5 	0 	62.50
PS Masvaure 	lbw b Jarvis 	                4 	20 	10 	1 	0 	40.00
CJ Chibhabha 	c †Chakabva b Garwe 	        8 	20 	11 	1 	0 	72.72
MA Vermeulen 	c Mutombodzi b Mbofana 	        28 	91 	61 	3 	0 	45.90
R Mutumbami† 	c †Chakabva b Mbofana 	        70 	140 	116 	13 	0 	60.34
R Chinyengetere b Mutombodzi 	                31 	159 	119 	5 	0 	26.05
A Maregwede* 	lbw b Garwe 	                43 	126 	107 	5 	0 	40.18
H Matanga 	c Garwe b Mbofana 	        8 	59 	45 	1 	0 	17.77
T Panyangara 	c Garwe b Mbofana 	        14 	11 	10 	2 	0 	140.00
T Muzarabani 	b Mbofana 	                5 	15 	11 	1 	0 	45.45
N Mupurura 	not out 	                0 	9 	4 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(b 16, nb 4) 	                20 					
	Total 	(all out; 91 overs; 371 mins) 	266 	(2.92 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Masvaure, 3.6 ov), 2-31 (Chibhabha, 8.4 ov), 3-60 (Kaia, 16.5 ov), 
4-93 (Vermeulen, 30.1 ov), 5-179 (Mutumbami, 54.2 ov), 6-216 (Chinyengetere, 70.2 ov), 
7-247 (Matanga, 86.3 ov), 8-257 (Maregwede, 87.5 ov), 9-261 (Panyangara, 88.4 ov), 
10-266 (Muzarabani, 90.6 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
TN Garwe 	15 	3 	40 	2 	2.66 		
KM Jarvis 	17 	6 	44 	1 	2.58 		
N Waller 	8 	2 	32 	1 	4.00 		
E Chigumbura 	17 	3 	56 	0 	3.29 	(3nb) 	
MRH Mbofana 	16 	4 	41 	5 	2.56 	(1nb) 	
TC Mutombodzi 	15 	5 	30 	1 	2.00 		
Sikandar Raza 	2 	1 	4 	0 	2.00 		
S Matsikenyeri 	1 	0 	3 	0 	3.00 		


Mashonaland Eagles 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
Sikandar Raza 	lbw b Masvaure 	                1 	18 	11 	0 	0 	9.09
SP Gupo 	lbw b Panyangara 	        0 	13 	8 	0 	0 	0.00
F Mutizwa 	c †Mutumbami b Masvaure 	6 	25 	15 	1 	0 	40.00
S Matsikenyeri* b Panyangara 	                44 	126 	62 	7 	0 	70.96
RW Chakabva† 	b Panyangara 	                4 	4 	3 	1 	0 	133.33
E Chigumbura 	c †Mutumbami b Mupurura 	10 	43 	24 	1 	0 	41.66
MRH Mbofana 	c Vermeulen b Muzarabani 	0 	27 	26 	0 	0 	0.00
KM Jarvis 	c Vermeulen b Muzarabani 	0 	3 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
TN Garwe 	not out 	                38 	94 	63 	9 	0 	60.31
TC Mutombodzi 	c †Mutumbami b Chinyengetere 	34 	86 	58 	6 	0 	58.62
N Waller 	b Chinyengetere 	        0 	2 	4 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 2, w 2, nb 2) 	        10 					
	Total 	(all out; 45.5 overs; 217 mins) 147 	(3.20 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Gupo, 2.4 ov), 2-5 (Sikandar Raza, 3.3 ov), 3-22 (Mutizwa, 7.5 ov), 
4-27 (Chakabva, 8.3 ov), 5-57 (Chigumbura, 17.1 ov), 6-71 (Mbofana, 23.4 ov), 
7-71 (Jarvis, 23.6 ov), 8-75 (Matsikenyeri, 24.6 ov), 9-147 (Mutombodzi, 45.1 ov), 
10-147 (Waller, 45.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Panyangara 	11 	3 	33 	3 	3.00 		
T Muzarabani 	14 	5 	35 	2 	2.50 	(1w) 	
PS Masvaure 	8 	2 	25 	2 	3.12 	(1w) 	
N Mupurura 	5 	2 	27 	1 	5.40 	(1nb) 	
H Matanga 	7 	1 	21 	0 	3.00 		
R Chinyengetere 0.5 	0 	0 	2 	0.00 		


Southern Rocks 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
R Kaia 	        c Mutizwa b Garwe 	        0 	4 	6 	0 	0 	0.00
PS Masvaure 	c †Chakabva b Mbofana 	        10 	66 	44 	1 	0 	22.72
CJ Chibhabha 	lbw b Jarvis 	                66 	154 	110 	10 	0 	60.00
MA Vermeulen 	b Waller 	                64 	213 	131 	8 	0 	48.85
R Mutumbami† 	c & b Mutombodzi 	        17 	57 	36 	3 	0 	47.22
R Chinyengetere lbw b Mutombodzi 	        25 	58 	53 	3 	1 	47.16
A Maregwede* 	not out 	                4 	55 	26 	0 	0 	15.38
H Matanga 	lbw b Waller 	                9 	30 	23 	2 	0 	39.13
T Panyangara 	c sub (IM Chinyoka) b Waller 	4 	10 	8 	1 	0 	50.00
T Muzarabani 	b Jarvis 	                0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
N Mupurura 	b Jarvis 	                6 	8 	8 	1 	0 	75.00
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 8, nb 2) 	        14 					
	Total 	(all out; 74.1 overs; 334 mins) 219 	(2.95 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Kaia, 0.5 ov), 2-37 (Masvaure, 14.3 ov), 3-104 (Chibhabha, 36.4 ov), 
4-136 (Mutumbami, 48.3 ov), 5-190 (Chinyengetere, 62.5 ov), 6-190 (Vermeulen, 63.1 ov), 
7-206 (Matanga, 69.4 ov), 8-212 (Panyangara, 71.5 ov), 9-213 (Muzarabani, 72.2 ov), 
10-219 (Mupurura, 74.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
TN Garwe 	11 	0 	46 	1 	4.18 	(1nb) 	
KM Jarvis 	16.1 	5 	38 	3 	2.35 		
MRH Mbofana 	8 	1 	19 	1 	2.37 		
E Chigumbura 	14 	4 	37 	0 	2.64 	(1nb) 	
N Waller 	14 	4 	26 	3 	1.85 		
TC Mutombodzi 	11 	3 	41 	2 	3.72 		


Mashonaland Eagles 2nd innings (target: 339 runs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
SP Gupo 	c †Mutumbami b Panyangara 	0 	2 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
Sikandar Raza 	lbw b Panyangara 	        0 	13 	4 	0 	0 	0.00
F Mutizwa 	not out 	                164 	411 	297 	25 	0 	55.21
S Matsikenyeri* lbw b Muzarabani 	        14 	41 	29 	1 	0 	48.27
E Chigumbura 	c †Mutumbami b Panyangara 	53 	163 	111 	4 	1 	47.74
TN Garwe 	c Chinyengetere b Matanga 	39 	91 	65 	6 	1 	60.00
RW Chakabva† 	b Masvaure 	                10 	43 	33 	0 	0 	30.30
MRH Mbofana 	lbw b Masvaure 	                1 	10 	7 	0 	0 	14.28
N Waller 	not out 	                53 	48 	34 	7 	3 	155.88
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 4, w 1, nb 2) 	        8 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 97 overs; 414 mins) 342 	(3.52 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Jarvis, TC Mutombodzi

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Gupo, 0.3 ov), 2-3 (Sikandar Raza, 2.3 ov), 3-26 (Matsikenyeri, 11.6 ov), 
4-150 (Chigumbura, 52.6 ov), 5-230 (Garwe, 74.1 ov), 6-251 (Chakabva, 85.5 ov), 
7-253 (Mbofana, 87.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Panyangara 	22 	8 	43 	3 	1.95 		
PS Masvaure 	15 	4 	46 	2 	3.06 		
T Muzarabani 	18 	5 	71 	1 	3.94 	(1nb) 	
N Mupurura 	8 	1 	29 	0 	3.62 	(1w) 	
H Matanga 	16 	0 	79 	1 	4.93 		
R Chinyengetere 12 	3 	64 	0 	5.33 		
R Kaia 	        6 	3 	5 	0 	0.83 		


Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to field
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 6, Southern Rocks 1
First-class debut: N Mupurura (Southern Rocks)
Player of the match: F Mutizwa (Mashonaland Eagles)