[Logan Cup] Mountaineers Finally Off the Mark

Mountaineers finally got a mark in the win column after their very poor start to the domestic season, with a 3-wicket win over Midwest Rhinos in Kwekwe. Early on, it had looked Rhinos' game - batting first after being put into bat, they posted 309, led by captain Gary Ballance (100) and Roland Benade (98) - although the small detail that the rest of the team failed to do much was perhaps a warning sign of what was to come. Shingi Masakadza (5/47) and Tendai Chatara (3/68) did the damage with the ball, with Masakadza adding impressive economy to the mix, conceding only 47 runs from the 25 overs he bowled. In reply, Mountaineers appeared to be in all sorts of trouble early on, collapsing initially to 6/77 before some fight was found, then falling further to 132/9 when wickets 7-9 fell for 21 runs. The 10th-wicket pairing of Kevin Kasuza and Tapiwa Mufudza managed to add another 92 runs, frustrating Rhinos and seeing Mountaineers to a half-decent 224 before Mufudza was finally removed. Kasuza, who had been 3rd man in, ended on an unbeaten 132 and can take a lot of credit for Mountaineers' eventual win.

If their first knock was dominated by two notable knock and not much else, Rhinos' second knock simply featured not much. The usually-reliable Ballance was out for a 15-ball duck, and while Riki Wessels (40) and Simon Mugava (30) tried to bring some respectability to their innings there again wasn't much support from elsewhere in the lineup as Rhinos were knocked over for just 143, leaving Mountaineers with a target of 229 to win, with Tendai Chatara again in the wickets with 5/56. For Mountaineers, it was once again a one-man show, with Ned Eckersley stepping up to the plate this time to lead the innings - after coming to the crease with Mountaineers on 2/33, he marshalled the side through most of the remainder of the chase, scoring 85 before departing with the score on 209, his only real support coming from Timycen Maruma (41). But he'd done his part, and Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano completed the innings to see Mountaineers home. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rhinos 309 (103.1 overs; Ballance 100, Masakadza 5/47) & 143 (67.1 overs; Wessels 40, Chatara 5/56), Mountaineers 224 (69.5 overs; Kasuza 132*, Rainsford 3/31) & 230/7 (74.3 overs; Eckersley 85, Rainsford 2/34). Mountaineers win by 3 wickets.

Mid West Rhinos 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BM Chapungu 	lbw b Chatara 	                        2 	25 	19 	0 	0 	10.52
SJ Marillier 	run out (Chirimuuta) 	                2 	14 	12 	0 	0 	16.66
GS Ballance* 	lbw b Maruma 	                        100 	231 	174 	13 	1 	57.47
R Nyathi 	lbw b Masakadza 	                6 	13 	4 	1 	0 	150.00
MH Wessels† 	c Eckersley b Chatara 	                4 	14 	8 	1 	0 	50.00
R Benade 	c †Katsande b Masakadza 	        98 	271 	223 	11 	2 	43.94
SM Mugava 	c Maruma b Masakadza 	                29 	112 	83 	2 	0 	34.93
N Madziva 	not out 	                        24 	89 	51 	4 	0 	47.05
R Muzhange 	c †Katsande b Masakadza 	        4 	19 	20 	0 	0 	20.00
EC Rainsford 	c & b Masakadza 	                6 	24 	22 	0 	0 	27.27
MT Chinouya 	c †Katsande b Chatara 	                9 	24 	8 	2 	0 	112.50
	Extras 	(b 6, lb 5, w 9, nb 5) 	                25 					
	Total 	(all out; 103.1 overs; 416 mins) 	309 	(2.99 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Marillier, 3.5 ov), 2-6 (Chapungu, 5.6 ov), 3-15 (Nyathi, 8.3 ov), 
4-26 (Wessels, 11.2 ov), 5-186 (Ballance, 60.4 ov), 6-251 (Benade, 84.2 ov), 
7-260 (Mugava, 88.5 ov), 8-267 (Muzhange, 94.2 ov), 9-281 (Rainsford, 100.1 ov), 
10-309 (Chinouya, 103.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	25 	4 	47 	5 	1.88 	(4nb, 2w) 	
TL Chatara 	24.1 	5 	62 	3 	2.56 	(1nb, 3w) 	
DT Tiripano 	19 	6 	63 	0 	3.31 		
T Mufudza 	17 	2 	72 	0 	4.23 		
T Maruma 	18 	3 	54 	1 	3.00 		


Mountaineers 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
B Mlambo 	c Mugava b Rainsford 	        15 	11 	14 	1 	1 	107.14
JT Mawudzi 	b Rainsford 	                14 	37 	23 	2 	0 	60.86
KT Kasuza 	not out 	                132 		197 	20 	1 	67.00
EJ Eckersley 	c Ballance b Chinouya 	        1 	16 	8 	0 	0 	12.50
T Maruma* 	c Madziva b Rainsford 	        15 	33 	23 	3 	0 	65.21
G Chirimuuta 	c Ballance b Muzhange 	        0 	14 	11 	0 	0 	0.00
B Katsande† 	run out (Madziva) 	        0 	21 	13 	0 	0 	0.00
SW Masakadza 	b Mugava 	                17 	34 	23 	3 	0 	73.91
DT Tiripano 	c Mugava b Muzhange 	        2 	37 	17 	0 	0 	11.76
TL Chatara 	c Ballance b Muzhange 	        0 	20 	13 	0 	0 	0.00
T Mufudza 	c Mugava b Benade 	        20 	92 	80 	2 	0 	25.00
	Extras 	(lb 1, w 4, nb 3) 	        8 					
	Total 	(all out; 69.5 overs; 292 mins) 224 	(3.20 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Mlambo, 2.5 ov), 2-39 (Mawudzi, 8.4 ov), 3-42 (Eckersley, 11.6 ov), 
4-71 (Maruma, 19.2 ov), 5-72 (Chirimuuta, 22.4 ov), 6-77 (Katsande, 26.4 ov), 
7-111 (Masakadza, 34.4 ov), 8-120 (Tiripano, 39.6 ov), 9-132 (Chatara, 45.1 ov), 
10-224 (Mufudza, 69.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	13 	4 	31 	3 	2.38 	(2w) 	
MT Chinouya 	17 	5 	56 	1 	3.29 	(2w) 	
R Muzhange 	17 	4 	54 	3 	3.17 		
N Madziva 	5 	0 	21 	0 	4.20 	(1nb) 	
SM Mugava 	9 	2 	29 	1 	3.22 		
R Nyathi 	5 	1 	14 	0 	2.80 	(2nb) 	
R Benade 	2.5 	0 	15 	1 	5.29 		
GS Ballance 	1 	0 	3 	0 	3.00 		


Mid West Rhinos 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BM Chapungu 	b Masakadza 	                13 	48 	35 	1 	0 	37.14
SJ Marillier 	c †Katsande b Chatara 	        20 	144 	106 	2 	0 	18.86
GS Ballance* 	c Chatara b Tiripano 	        0 	23 	15 	0 	0 	0.00
R Nyathi 	c Mawudzi b Chatara 	        10 	22 	19 	2 	0 	52.63
MH Wessels† 	st †Katsande b Tiripano 	40 	112 	86 	5 	0 	46.51
R Benade 	c †Katsande b Chatara 	        4 	57 	39 	0 	0 	10.25
SM Mugava 	b Mufudza 	                30 	79 	56 	4 	0 	53.57
N Madziva 	c †Katsande b Chatara 	        1 	10 	9 	0 	0 	11.11
EC Rainsford 	c Chirimuuta b Tiripano 	6 	18 	13 	0 	0 	46.15
R Muzhange 	c Mawudzi b Chatara 	        12 	38 	27 	2 	0 	44.44
MT Chinouya 	not out 	                0 	2 	0 	0 	0 	-
	Extras 	(b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 2) 	        7 					
	Total 	(all out; 67.1 overs; 282 mins) 143 	(2.12 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Chapungu, 12.1 ov), 2-31 (Ballance, 17.1 ov), 3-42 (Nyathi, 22.3 ov), 
4-68 (Marillier, 35.6 ov), 5-92 (Benade, 48.6 ov), 6-92 (Wessels, 49.6 ov), 
7-95 (Madziva, 52.5 ov), 8-108 (Rainsford, 57.3 ov), 9-142 (Muzhange, 66.4 ov), 
10-143 (Mugava, 67.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	15 	4 	29 	1 	1.93 	(1w) 	
TL Chatara 	26 	10 	56 	5 	2.15 	(2w) 	
T Mufudza 	5.1 	1 	7 	1 	1.35 		
DT Tiripano 	19 	10 	43 	3 	2.26 	(2nb) 	
T Maruma 	2 	1 	6 	0 	3.00 		


Mountaineers 2nd innings (target: 229 runs) 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
B Mlambo 	c Ballance b Rainsford 	                19 	45 	36 	2 	0 	52.77
JT Mawudzi 	c †Wessels b Rainsford 	                13 	57 	32 	2 	0 	40.62
KT Kasuza 	c Ballance b Madziva 	                27 	74 	44 	5 	0 	61.36
EJ Eckersley 	c Benade b Chinouya 	                85 	244 	168 	12 	0 	50.59
T Maruma* 	c Marillier b Chinouya 	                41 	77 	70 	7 	0 	58.57
G Chirimuuta 	run out (Rainsford) 	                2 	15 	8 	0 	0 	25.00
B Katsande† 	c †Wessels b Muzhange 	                12 	53 	33 	1 	0 	36.36
SW Masakadza 	not out 	                        17 	50 	45 	2 	0 	37.77
DT Tiripano 	not out 	                        7 	24 	14 	0 	0 	50.00
	Extras 	(w 4, nb 3) 	                        7 					
	Total 	(7 wickets; 74.3 overs; 327 mins) 	230 	(3.08 runs per over)

Did not bat: TL Chatara, T Mufudza

Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Mlambo, 10.3 ov), 2-33 (Mawudzi, 12.5 ov), 3-86 (Kasuza, 27.1 ov), 
3-145* (Maruma, retired not out, 43.4 ov), 4-147 (Chirimuuta, 46.3 ov), 
5-172 (Katsande, 57.6 ov), 6-191 (Maruma, 62.3 ov), 7-209 (Eckersley, 68.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	18 	5 	34 	2 	1.88 	(2w) 	
MT Chinouya 	19.3 	2 	83 	2 	4.25 		
R Muzhange 	22 	6 	58 	1 	2.63 	(1nb, 2w) 	
N Madziva 	9 	2 	25 	1 	2.77 	(2nb) 	
R Benade 	2 	0 	15 	0 	7.50 		
SM Mugava 	4 	1 	15 	0 	3.75 		


Match details
Toss: Mountaineers, who chose to field
Points: Mountaineers 5, Mid West Rhinos 1
First-class debut: T Mufudza (Mountaineers)