[Logan Cup] Rhinos and Eagles Fight Out Thrilling Draw

Early in the game, Mashonaland Eagles seemed certain to win this one, but Midwet Rhinos showed plenty of fight as they secured a draw on a game that went down to the final ball and could have gone either way. Rhinos posted 321 in their first innings after being put in to bat, lead by Gary Ballance's 83 and Solomon Mire's 96 - a decent score, but kept in check by an impressive bowling performance from relative newcomer Tatenda Gumunyu-Manatsa, who took 5/89. In reply, Stuart Matsikenyeri's 144, added to strong contributions from Sikandar Raza (68) and Peter Moor (65) saw Eagles reach 463, a lead of 142.

Gary Ballance again fired strongly for Rhinos in the second innings, scoring 128 (and increasing the clamour for him to make himself available for the national side), while Riki Wessels pitched in with 73 as Rhinos posted 299, leaving Eagles with a target of 158 to win on the final afternoon. Rather than play for the draw, Eagles went for the win, but very nearly came unstuck as Rhinos' bowlers tore their way through the Eagles lineup, Gumunyu-Manatsa again leading the charge with 4/46, and Eagles found themselves facing the final ball of the day requiring 4 to win with just 1 wicket left. There were no winning runs for Eagles, no last-gasp wicket for Rhinos, as the game ended in a draw, but it really couldn't have been any closer, and it's unfortunate for Rhinos that the rules of this year's competition saw them leave with no point for their fighting effort. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 321 (96.4 overs; Mire 96, Gumunyu-Manatsa 5/89) & 299 (100.2 overs; Ballance 128, Gumunya-Manatsa 4/46), Eagles 463 (126.5 overs; Matsikenyeri 144, Chinouya 4/75) & 154/9 (27 overs; Chakabva 54, Rainsford 3/39). Match drawn.

Mid West Rhinos 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BM Chapungu 	c †Bishop b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        4 	6 	9 	1 	0 	44.44
SJ Marillier 	c †Bishop b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        23 	105 	66 	4 	0 	34.84
GS Ballance* 	c Hondo b Mutombodzi 	                83 	239 	167 	13 	0 	49.70
R Nyathi 	b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	                9 	19 	10 	1 	0 	90.00
MH Wessels† 	c †Bishop b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
SF Mire 	lbw b Mutombodzi 	                96 	199 	157 	15 	0 	61.14
SM Mugava 	c †Bishop b Sikandar Raza 	        29 	44 	63 	1 	0 	46.03
N Madziva 	not out 	                        35 	85 	66 	3 	1 	53.03
EC Rainsford 	c & b Mutombodzi 	                0 	4 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
IA Nicolson 	c Tichana b Chinyoka 	                5 	29 	17 	0 	0 	29.41
MT Chinouya 	c Matsikenyeri b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	12 	39 	21 	2 	0 	57.14
	Extras 	(b 8, lb 13, nb 4) 	                25 					
	Total 	(all out; 96.4 overs; 387 mins) 	321 	(3.32 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Chapungu, 1.5 ov), 2-63 (Marillier, 24.1 ov), 3-77 (Nyathi, 28.3 ov), 
4-77 (Wessels, 28.4 ov), 5-193 (Ballance, 55.6 ov), 6-260 (Mugava, 76.1 ov), 7-266 (Mire, 79.6 ov), 
8-266 (Rainsford, 81.5 ov), 9-286 (Nicolson, 89.2 ov), 10-321 (Chinouya, 96.4 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
IM Chinyoka 	        26 	3 	98 	1 	3.76 	(2nb) 	
LT Gumunyu-Manatsa 	27.4 	5 	89 	5 	3.21 		
DT Hondo 	        14 	5 	32 	0 	2.28 	(2nb) 	
TC Mutombodzi 	        22 	7 	70 	3 	3.18 		
Sikandar Raza 	        7 	3 	11 	1 	1.57 		


Mashonaland Eagles 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
D Mazhawidza 	        lbw b Rainsford 	        4 	7 	6 	1 	0 	66.66
A Tichana 	        c †Wessels b Nicolson 	        42 	193 	124 	5 	0 	33.87
R Bishop† 	        c Mugava b Madziva 	        23 	102 	90 	1 	0 	25.55
Sikandar Raza 	        lbw b Rainsford 	        68 	134 	94 	9 	1 	72.34
S Matsikenyeri*         b Nyathi 	                144 	205 	212 	13 	3 	67.92
RW Chakabva 	        b Chinouya 	                53 	113 	103 	4 	1 	51.45
PJ Moor 	        c Nyathi b Chinouya 	        65 	142 	92 	6 	0 	70.65
TC Mutombodzi 	        lbw b Chinouya 	                16 	27 	26 	3 	0 	61.53
IM Chinyoka 	        c & b Nyathi 	                15 	36 	30 	3 	0 	50.00
DT Hondo 	        c Ballance b Chinouya 	        0 	10 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
LT Gumunyu-Manatsa 	not out 	                0 	12 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(b 2, lb 3, w 5, nb 23) 	        33 					
	Total 	(all out; 126.5 overs; 495 mins) 	463 	(3.65 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Mazhawidza, 0.5 ov), 2-53 (Bishop, 24.5 ov), 3-122 (Tichana, 45.3 ov), 
4-184 (Sikandar Raza, 57.2 ov), 5-310 (Chakabva, 88.6 ov), 6-412 (Matsikenyeri, 112.2 ov), 
7-444 (Mutombodzi, 119.1 ov), 8-449 (Moor, 121.5 ov), 9-449 (Hondo, 123.4 ov), 
10-463 (Chinyoka, 126.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	22 	1 	79 	2 	3.59 	(14nb) 	
MT Chinouya 	23 	4 	75 	4 	3.26 		
IA Nicolson 	21 	3 	70 	1 	3.33 	(3nb, 1w) 	
SM Mugava 	28 	2 	124 	0 	4.42 		
N Madziva 	15 	3 	52 	1 	3.46 	(2nb) 	
R Nyathi 	14.5 	1 	47 	2 	3.16 	(4nb) 	
SF Mire 	3 	0 	11 	0 	3.66 		


Mid West Rhinos 2nd innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BM Chapungu 	lbw b Chinyoka 	                        10 	55 	37 	0 	0 	27.02
SJ Marillier 	b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	                1 	23 	15 	0 	0 	6.66
GS Ballance* 	c †Bishop b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        128 	365 	258 	11 	2 	49.61
R Nyathi 	b Hondo 	                        23 	43 	33 	4 	0 	69.69
MH Wessels† 	c Moor b Matsikenyeri 	                73 	168 	102 	8 	1 	71.56
SF Mire 	c & b Matsikenyeri 	                1 	10 	9 	0 	0 	11.11
SM Mugava 	c †Bishop b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        15 	64 	54 	2 	0 	27.77
N Madziva 	c †Bishop b Chinyoka 	                2 	32 	21 	0 	0 	9.52
EC Rainsford 	c Hondo b Gumunyu-Manatsa 	        18 	66 	49 	1 	0 	36.73
IA Nicolson 	c †Bishop b Matsikenyeri 	        9 	33 	20 	1 	0 	45.00
MT Chinouya 	not out 	                        3 	0 	10 	0 	0 	30.00
	Extras 	(b 5, lb 4, w 1, nb 6) 	                16 					
	Total 	(all out; 100.2 overs; 427 mins) 	299 	(2.98 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Marillier, 5.1 ov), 2-14 (Chapungu, 12.3 ov), 3-56 (Nyathi, 23.2 ov), 
4-205 (Wessels, 61.6 ov), 5-209 (Mire, 65.1 ov), 6-257 (Ballance, 82.1 ov), 7-266 (Mugava, 84.6 ov), 
8-269 (Madziva, 87.5 ov), 9-285 (Nicolson, 95.5 ov), 10-299 (Rainsford, 100.2 ov)

Bowling 	        O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
IM Chinyoka 	        23 	6 	59 	2 	2.56 	(4nb) 	
LT Gumunyu-Manatsa 	19.2 	5 	46 	4 	2.37 		
TC Mutombodzi 	        26 	5 	85 	0 	3.26 		
DT Hondo 	        17 	2 	61 	1 	3.58 	(1nb) 	
S Matsikenyeri 	        15 	2 	39 	3 	2.60 	(1nb, 1w) 	


Mashonaland Eagles 2nd innings (target: 158 runs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
D Mazhawidza 	        c Nyathi b Chinouya 	3 	18 	13 	0 	0 	23.07
Sikandar Raza 	        c & b Chinouya 	        15 	19 	11 	0 	1 	136.36
R Bishop† 	        c Ballance b Chinouya 	15 	36 	18 	1 	0 	83.33
S Matsikenyeri*         c †Wessels b Rainsford 	2 	3 	3 	0 	0 	66.66
RW Chakabva 	        run out (Nicolson) 	54 	97 	65 	3 	1 	83.07
PJ Moor 	        b Rainsford 	        39 	54 	40 	4 	0 	97.50
TC Mutombodzi 	        b Rainsford 	        13 	9 	9 	1 	0 	144.44
IM Chinyoka 	        run out (Ballance) 	3 	12 	3 	0 	0 	100.00
DT Hondo 	        run out (Nyathi) 	2 	4 	4 	0 	0 	50.00
A Tichana 	        not out 	        0 	2 	0 	0 	0 	-
LT Gumunyu-Manatsa 	not out 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(lb 2, w 1, nb 5) 	        8 					
	Total 	(9 wickets; 27 overs; 130 mins) 154 	(5.70 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Mazhawidza, 3.2 ov), 2-21 (Sikandar Raza, 3.4 ov), 
3-24 (Matsikenyeri, 4.2 ov), 4-51 (Bishop, 9.5 ov), 5-132 (Moor, 23.3 ov), 
6-148 (Mutombodzi, 25.3 ov), 7-151 (Chakabva, 25.6 ov), 8-153 (Chinyoka, 26.2 ov), 
9-154 (Hondo, 26.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	8 	0 	39 	3 	4.87 	(5nb, 1w) 	
MT Chinouya 	10 	0 	65 	3 	6.50 		
SM Mugava 	6 	0 	25 	0 	4.16 		
IA Nicolson 	3 	0 	23 	0 	7.66 		


Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to field
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 1, Mid West Rhinos 0
First-class debut: R Bishop (Mashonaland Eagles)