Castle Logan Cup

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Mountaineers Demolish Rocks

Mountaineers coasted to an easy innings victory over the sadly depleted Southern Rocks team on the third day of their match at Harare Sports Club. The match was over shortly after tea, a good all-round performance by the home side.

Mountaineers continued their innings in the morning from their overnight score of 389 for five, with Timycen Maruma on 112 and Prosper Utseya on 63. They batted on for over an hour, perhaps with the batsmen’s individual landmarks in view. They pushed the score on briskly without looking to take the bowling to pieces, but both failed to reach their next landmarks, due to some good bowling from Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi. He bowled Utseya for 94, the batsman petulantly swatting his stumps down as he left the crease, and then a faster ball bowled out the Mountaineers captain. Maruma had made 149 off 223 balls, with 17 fours and three huge leg-side sixes.

At this point he declared, with a total of 467 for seven wickets and a lead on 321 on the first innings. Overall the best bowler was Prince Masvaure, with two for 44 off 16 overs, the best figures and the most economical, but he was not used on the third morning.

With more than five sessions to go and negligible chance of significant rain, Southern Rocks were in a seemingly hopeless position. In the second over they lost Sam Mwakayeni (2), shouldering arms and having his stumps shattered by a ball from Donald Tiripano. This was followed, though, by Southern Rocks’ best batting of the match – in fact, their ONLY good batting period of the match. Roy Kaia and Robertson Chinyengetere batted soundly until lunch, when the score was 54 for one.

After lunch Kaia began to open up and play some fine attacking shots, while his partner contented himself with blocking up the other end. In no time Kaia had reached his fifty, a landmark he achieved with a superb six over long-off. The pair took the score to 108, the first time this season Southern Rocks had reached 100 with only one wicket down in the Logan Cup. But then, after such fine batting by Kaia in particular, they fell in successive overs. First Chinyengetere played a weak stroke outside the off stump and was caught at the wicket off Shingi Masakadza for 30; then Kaia, with 69, drove a low catch straight to long-on off Utseya.

The middle order showed little fight, and soon the score was 129 for six. At this stage Stanley Marisa and Tendai Chisoro showed some fight, staying together to make the score 160 at tea. Shortly afterwards, though, Chisoro fell for 19, the next two batsmen came and went, and the closing stages were only enlivened by some defiant blows from the last man Taurai Muzarabani, who hit three sixes in scoring 19 not out off eight balls. Then Marisa’s defiant innings ended at 29, lbw to Natsai Mushangwe, and the team total had at least passed 200.

After their disastrous start to the season, Mountaineers are now on their way up and it is to be hoped they have regained the confidence to take on the stronger teams again. For Southern Rocks, virtually the only way is up, but to do that their top players need to start off by staying fit. Scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 146 (64.2 overs; Muzarabani 24*, Chatara 3/50) & 207 (63.1 overs; Kaia 69, Mushangwe 3/65), Mountaineers 467/7 decl (120.5 overs; Maruma 149, Mustard 105, Masvaure 2/44). Mountaineers win by an innings and 114 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

[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.

[Logan Cup] Tuskers Humilitate Eagles

Matabeleland Tuskers were all over Mashonaland Eagles in their Logan Cup 4th round match in Harare, which ended this morning. Batting first after winning the toss, Paul Horton led the side from the front, scoring a patient 104 as Tuskers posted 418. Craig Ervine (60) and Keith Dabengwa (59) also made good contributions along the way, while Innocent Chinyoka, Tatenda Manatsa and Nathan Waller each took three apiece for Eagles. A good knock by Tuskers, but no indication at that point of the carnage to follow.

And "carnage" is probably the best word for it as, when Eagles came to reply, the combined efforts of Glenn Querl (6/20) and Bradley Staddon (4/13) ripped through Eagles' lineup with no resistance: only Sikandar Raza (19) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (17) reached double figures, while Eagles' bottom six all departed without scoring, as their side slumped to a humiliating 52 all out, still 366 behind Tuskers' first-innings total. Tuskers naturally wasted no time in enforcing the follow-on, but while this time there was some fight in Eagles, in the form of an early partnership between Raza (28) and Ryan Bishop (22), and some mid-innings fight from Peter Moor (29) and Nathan Waller (23), for the rest of the side it was the same old story. Resuming on 59/2 at the beginning of day three, Eagles then lost 4 wickets without adding to that score before Moor and Waller managed some damage-control; but saving the game was far beyond their abilities and once the departed, 4 balls apart with the score on 112, the end wasn't far away. Eagles were bowled out second time around for 138, giving Tuskers a huge win - the second time they've beaten Eagles by an innings margin - and allowing their Bulawayo rivals to leap-frog them to top spot in the tournament table. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 418 (109.1 overs; Horton 104, Chinyoka 3/48), Eagles 52 (26.3 overs; Sikandar Raza 19, Querl 6/20) & 139 (50.5 overs; Moor 29, Dabengwa 3/7). Matabeleland Tuskers win by an innings and 228 runs.

[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.

[Logan Cup] Tuskers Continue Streak with Win Over Rocks

Matabeleland Tuskers' good start to the season continue with an emphatic win over Southern Rocks in the latest round fo Logan Cup matches. Put into bat after Tuskers won the toss, Rocks made hard work of their first innings, with only captain Alester Maregwede (50*) putting on a decent knock as his side were bowled out for 148. Glenn Querl, back from playing for Unicorns in England, took 6/38 while Keegan Meth continued to make a mark for himself with 3/54. In reply, Tuskers posted 253, taking the first-innings point and leaving Rocks with a 105-run deficit to overcome.

Overcome it they did, but while their second innings was better than their first, they still only managed a below-par 204 from their turn. This time at least, Roy Kaia (54) and Mark Vermeulen (38) joined Maregwede (37) in putting up some resistance, but once again the pairing of Meth (5/53) and Querl (3/63) proved too much for Rocks to deal with as their lower order was skittled out. Tuskers, left with a target of 100 to win on day three, had few problems chasing it down, losing only the one wicket (Brian Chari, to a run-out) along the way to a 9-wicket victory that leaves them tied with Eagles on 14 points at the top of the tournament table. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 148 (51.5 overs; Maregwede 50*, Querl 6/38) & 204 (90.1 overs; Kaia 54, Meth 5/53), Tuskers 253 (73 overs; Wheater 76, Muzarabani 3/33) & 100/1 (41 overs; Duffin 49*, Ewing 45*). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 9 wickets.

[Logan Cup] Rhinos Trample Rocks

Southern Rocks 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
S Mwakayeni 	c Sibanda b Chinouya 	        9 	51 	33 	2 	0 	27.27
R Kaia 	        c †Wessels b Chinouya 	        2 	26 	18 	0 	0 	11.11
CJ Chibhabha 	lbw b Chinouya 	                74 	182 	152 	11 	0 	48.68
PS Masvaure 	c †Wessels b Madziva 	        9 	46 	35 	1 	0 	25.71
R Mutumbami† 	lbw b Mugava 	                1 	21 	11 	0 	0 	9.09
R Chinyengetere c sub (R Benade) b Chinouya 	18 	110 	74 	3 	0 	24.32
A Maregwede* 	c Ballance b Chinouya 	        3 	69 	54 	0 	0 	5.55
H Matanga 	c sub (R Benade) b Mugava 	1 	5 	5 	0 	0 	20.00
T Kamungozi 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        6 	34 	11 	1 	0 	54.54
T Panyangara 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        14 	21 	19 	2 	0 	73.68
T Muzarabani 	not out 	                0 	5 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(lb 5, w 5, nb 3) 	        13 					
	Total 	(all out; 68.4 overs; 281 mins) 150 	(2.18 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Kaia, 5.3 ov), 2-24 (Mwakayeni, 11.1 ov), 3-48 (Masvaure, 21.3 ov), 
4-63 (Mutumbami, 26.5 ov), 5-125 (Chibhabha, 50.5 ov), 6-126 (Chinyengetere, 56.1 ov), 
7-127 (Matanga, 57.2 ov), 8-135 (Kamungozi, 61.1 ov), 9-150 (Panyangara, 67.3 ov), 
10-150 (Maregwede, 68.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	13 	6 	22 	0 	1.69 	(3nb, 1w) 	
MT Chinouya 	15.4 	8 	26 	5 	1.65 		
N Madziva 	11 	3 	23 	1 	2.09 		
IA Nicolson 	10 	2 	38 	0 	3.80 		
SM Mugava 	16 	7 	30 	4 	1.87 		
MN Waller 	3 	1 	6 	0 	2.00 		


Mid West Rhinos 1st innings 	
                                                        R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
V Sibanda* 	lbw b Panyangara 	                18 	84 	64 	2 	0 	28.12
SJ Marillier 	b Panyangara 	                        0 	19 	15 	0 	0 	0.00
GS Ballance 	c sub (E Chauluka) b Kaia 	        210 	393 	336 	20 	2 	62.50
MN Waller 	c sub (E Chauluka) b Mutumbami 	        174 	360 	239 	26 	1 	72.80
MH Wessels† 	not out 	                        54 	104 	55 	5 	1 	98.18
R Nyathi 	not out 	                        39 	62 	40 	7 	0 	97.50
	Extras 	(b 3, w 3, nb 1) 	                7 					
	Total 	(4 wickets dec; 124.4 overs; 508 mins) 	502 	(4.02 runs per over)

Did not bat: SM Mugava, EC Rainsford, N Madziva, IA Nicolson, MT Chinouya

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Marillier, 4.6 ov), 2-42 (Sibanda, 20.6 ov), 3-383 (Ballance, 105.3 ov), 
4-419 (Waller, 111.4 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
T Panyangara 	11 	4 	23 	2 	2.09 		
T Muzarabani 	15 	5 	43 	0 	2.86 	(1w) 	
PS Masvaure 	11 	1 	42 	0 	3.81 		
R Chinyengetere 21 	3 	68 	0 	3.23 	(1w) 	
T Kamungozi 	27.4 	2 	113 	0 	4.08 		
H Matanga 	17 	1 	89 	0 	5.23 		
R Kaia 	15 	1 	65 	1 	4.33 		
R Mutumbami 	6 	0 	42 	1 	7.00 	(1nb, 1w) 	
S Mwakayeni 	1 	0 	14 	0 	14.00 		


Southern Rocks 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
S Mwakayeni 	b Rainsford 	                0 	10 	9 	0 	0 	0.00
R Kaia 	        b Rainsford 	                1 	46 	22 	0 	0 	4.54
CJ Chibhabha 	b Madziva 	                35 	109 	64 	4 	0 	54.68
R Mutumbami† 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        53 	118 	77 	11 	0 	68.83
A Maregwede* 	b Mugava 	                11 	18 	11 	2 	0 	100.00
R Chinyengetere c Marillier b Mugava 	        7 	9 	12 	1 	0 	58.33
PS Masvaure 	c Madziva b Mugava 	        6 	20 	11 	1 	0 	54.54
H Matanga 	not out 	                8 	18 	18 	0 	0 	44.44
T Kamungozi 	b Nyathi 	                1 	8 	5 	0 	0 	20.00
T Panyangara 	lbw b Nyathi 	                0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
T Muzarabani 	c Chinouya b Nyathi 	        6 	5 	8 	1 	0 	75.00
	Extras 	(lb 4, nb 5) 	                9 					
	Total 	(all out; 38.5 overs; 177 mins) 137 	(3.52 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Mwakayeni, 2.2 ov), 2-18 (Kaia, 9.3 ov), 3-69 (Chibhabha, 23.2 ov), 
4-95 (Maregwede, 27.2 ov), 5-103 (Chinyengetere, 29.3 ov), 6-121 (Masvaure, 33.2 ov), 
7-121 (Mutumbami, 33.4 ov), 8-127 (Kamungozi, 36.2 ov), 9-127 (Panyangara, 36.3 ov), 
10-137 (Muzarabani, 38.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
EC Rainsford 	8 	0 	13 	2 	1.62 	(4nb) 	
MT Chinouya 	6 	2 	21 	0 	3.50 		
N Madziva 	6 	0 	36 	1 	6.00 		
IA Nicolson 	9 	1 	30 	0 	3.33 		
SM Mugava 	6 	3 	20 	4 	3.33 		
R Nyathi 	3.5 	1 	13 	3 	3.39 	(1nb) 	


Match details
Toss: Southern Rocks, who chose to bat
Points: Mid West Rhinos 7, Southern Rocks 0
Player of the match: GS Ballance (Mid West Rhinos)

[Logan Cup] Eagles Ease to Win Over Mountaineers

Mashonaland Eagles 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
SP Gupo 	c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 	4 	9 	9 	1 	0 	44.44
Sikandar Raza 	c Dawson b Mushangwe 	        39 	134 	103 	5 	0 	37.86
F Mutizwa† 	c †Katsande b SW Masakadza 	28 	55 	45 	5 	0 	62.22
S Matsikenyeri* c Mawoyo b SW Masakadza 	1 	10 	4 	0 	0 	25.00
E Chigumbura 	c Mawoyo b Tiripano 	        19 	52 	50 	1 	2 	38.00
TN Garwe 	c †Katsande b Maruma 	        22 	55 	33 	4 	0 	66.66
MRH Mbofana 	b Tiripano 	                64 	219 	160 	5 	3 	40.00
N Waller 	c Kasuza b Maruma 	        0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
TC Mutombodzi 	c Mawoyo b SW Masakadza 	62 	141 	127 	7 	1 	48.81
RW Price 	not out 	                9 	26 	11 	0 	0 	81.81
KM Jarvis 	c †Katsande b Tiripano 	        4 	7 	10 	0 	0 	40.00
	Extras 	(lb 4, w 5, nb 6) 	        15 					
	Total 	(all out; 91.2 overs; 443 mins) 267 	(2.92 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Gupo, 2.3 ov), 2-46 (Mutizwa, 14.5 ov), 3-57 (Matsikenyeri, 16.6 ov), 
4-95 (Chigumbura, 33.5 ov), 5-95 (Sikandar Raza, 34.4 ov), 6-136 (Garwe, 46.4 ov), 
7-136 (Waller, 46.6 ov), 8-250 (Mutombodzi, 85.4 ov), 9-263 (Mbofana, 89.4 ov), 
10-267 (Jarvis, 91.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	24 	8 	67 	4 	2.79 	(3nb, 1w) 	
DT Tiripano 	15.4 	4 	43 	3 	2.74 	(1nb) 	
S Mujaji 	15.4 	3 	51 	0 	3.25 	(2nb) 	
N Mushangwe 	20 	5 	47 	1 	2.35 		
T Maruma 	8 	1 	22 	2 	2.75 		
LA Dawson 	8 	1 	33 	0 	4.12 		


Mountaineers 1st innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	run out (Mutombodzi) 	        11 	57 	39 	2 	0 	28.20
B Mlambo 	b Garwe 	                17 	44 	31 	1 	1 	54.83
H Masakadza 	lbw b Chigumbura 	        32 	136 	94 	6 	0 	34.04
LA Dawson 	not out 	                110 	276 	229 	11 	2 	48.03
T Maruma* 	b Price 	                6 	23 	21 	1 	0 	28.57
KT Kasuza 	lbw b Price 	                5 	21 	17 	1 	0 	29.41
SW Masakadza 	b Price 	                13 	23 	18 	1 	1 	72.22
B Katsande† 	lbw b Mutombodzi 	        17 	31 	32 	1 	0 	53.12
DT Tiripano 	lbw b Jarvis 	                7 	36 	28 	1 	0 	25.00
N Mushangwe 	lbw b Chigumbura 	        0 	6 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
S Mujaji 	b Chigumbura 	                0 	7 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
	Extras 	(b 3, lb 2, w 2, nb 4) 	        11 					
	Total 	(all out; 85.3 overs; 333 mins) 229 	(2.67 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Mlambo, 10.2 ov), 2-42 (Mawoyo, 12.5 ov), 3-112 (H Masakadza, 44.2 ov), 
4-121 (Maruma, 51.1 ov), 5-131 (Kasuza, 55.4 ov), 6-155 (SW Masakadza, 61.2 ov), 
7-190 (Katsande, 72.2 ov), 8-217 (Tiripano, 82.3 ov), 9-224 (Mushangwe, 83.6 ov), 
10-229 (Mujaji, 85.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
TN Garwe 	7 	2 	17 	1 	2.42 		
KM Jarvis 	16 	4 	52 	1 	3.25 	(2nb, 2w) 	
MRH Mbofana 	5 	1 	17 	0 	3.40 		
E Chigumbura 	13.3 	5 	12 	3 	0.88 	(1nb) 	
N Waller 	5 	3 	13 	0 	2.60 		
RW Price 	26 	4 	64 	3 	2.46 		
TC Mutombodzi 	13 	1 	49 	1 	3.76 	(1nb) 	


Mashonaland Eagles 2nd innings 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
SP Gupo 	lbw b Mujaji 	                3 	57 	37 	0 	0 	8.10
Sikandar Raza 	c Mawoyo b Dawson 	        74 	130 	102 	9 	2 	72.54
F Mutizwa† 	lbw b Dawson 	                83 	188 	141 	6 	3 	58.86
E Chigumbura 	lbw b Mushangwe 	        5 	23 	28 	0 	0 	17.85
S Matsikenyeri* c Mujaji b Dawson 	        2 	13 	18 	0 	0 	11.11
TN Garwe 	c †Katsande b Dawson 	        0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
MRH Mbofana 	b Mushangwe 	                0 	2 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
N Waller 	c Mushangwe b Dawson 	        16 	16 	12 	0 	2 	133.33
TC Mutombodzi 	lbw b Dawson 	                0 	2 	2 	0 	0 	0.00
RW Price 	c †Katsande b Dawson 	        3 	33 	26 	0 	0 	11.53
KM Jarvis 	not out 	                1 	22 	8 	0 	0 	12.50
	Extras 	(b 16, lb 2, nb 7) 	        25 					
	Total 	(all out; 62.2 overs; 252 mins) 212 	(3.40 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-49 (Gupo, 12.5 ov), 2-114 (Sikandar Raza, 30.3 ov), 3-126 (Chigumbura, 37.3 ov), 
4-139 (Matsikenyeri, 42.3 ov), 5-139 (Garwe, 42.5 ov), 6-140 (Mbofana, 43.5 ov), 
7-165 (Waller, 48.3 ov), 8-165 (Mutombodzi, 48.5 ov), 9-195 (Price, 56.6 ov), 
10-212 (Mutizwa, 62.2 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
SW Masakadza 	8 	3 	23 	0 	2.87 	(3nb) 	
DT Tiripano 	8 	2 	32 	0 	4.00 	(2nb) 	
S Mujaji 	5 	1 	20 	1 	4.00 	(2nb) 	
N Mushangwe 	23 	0 	68 	2 	2.95 		
LA Dawson 	18.2 	4 	51 	7 	2.78 		


Mountaineers 2nd innings (target: 251 runs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
TMK Mawoyo 	c †Mutizwa b Waller 	        12 	62 	43 	2 	0 	27.90
B Mlambo 	c Sikandar Raza b Chigumbura 	4 	28 	25 	1 	0 	16.00
H Masakadza 	lbw b Mbofana 	                38 	93 	61 	6 	0 	62.29
LA Dawson 	b Mutombodzi 	                15 	52 	32 	1 	0 	46.87
T Maruma* 	b Mbofana 	                3 	20 	18 	0 	0 	16.66
KT Kasuza 	c Mutombodzi b Price 	        12 	32 	24 	2 	0 	50.00
SW Masakadza 	st †Mutizwa b Mutombodzi 	8 	5 	8 	2 	0 	100.00
B Katsande† 	lbw b Mutombodzi 	        2 	19 	17 	0 	0 	11.76
DT Tiripano 	not out 	                12 	0 	12 	1 	1 	100.00
N Mushangwe 	b Price 	                3 	11 	21 	0 	0 	14.28
S Mujaji 	c Chigumbura b Mutombodzi 	5 	3 	6 	1 	0 	83.33
	Extras 	(lb 4) 	                        4 					
	Total 	(all out; 44.3 overs) 	        118 	(2.65 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Mlambo, 7.5 ov), 2-26 (Mawoyo, 14.5 ov), 3-66 (Dawson, 26.2 ov), 4-72 (H Masakadza, 27.6 ov), 5-75 (Maruma, 31.1 ov), 6-84 (SW Masakadza, 32.4 ov), 7-98 (Kasuza, 37.2 ov), 8-102 (Katsande, 38.4 ov), 9-107 (Mushangwe, 43.1 ov), 10-118 (Mujaji, 44.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KM Jarvis 	6 	3 	7 	0 	1.16 		
RW Price 	6 	3 	17 	2 	2.83 		
E Chigumbura 	7 	2 	24 	1 	3.42 		
N Waller 	5 	2 	14 	1 	2.80 		
MRH Mbofana 	8 	3 	16 	2 	2.00 		
TN Garwe 	2 	0 	10 	0 	5.00 		
TC Mutombodzi 	9.3 	1 	25 	4 	2.63 		
Sikandar Raza 	1 	0 	1 	0 	1.00 		


Match details
Toss: Mashonaland Eagles, who chose to bat
Points: Mashonaland Eagles 7, Mountaineers 0
Player of the match: LA Dawson (Mountaineers)

[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]

Tuskers Win Castle Logan Cup

Matabeleland Tuskers are the new Logan Cup champions. Depleted, without five of their key players, they beat the previously undefeated Mountaineers by 18 runs, a remarkable achievement. The key factor was their swing bowler Keegan Meth, who has been steadily improving throughout the season and now seems to have instilled fear into the hearts of opposing batsmen with his deceptive swerve and accuracy. In this match he took 13 wickets at a cost of only 108 runs, besides playing a second innings of 65 runs, and if ever one man won a match for this team, this was the occasion.

It was clear at the start of the day that the result of the match would most likely hinge on the result of the battle between Hamilton Masakadza and Meth – and Meth won handsomely. Masakadza off-drove a single off Keith Dabengwa in the second over of the day to take the home side’s total to 100, which brought him to face Meth in the next over. He pushed fatally outside the off stump, edged a catch to the wicketkeeper and departed for 14, to scenes of jubilation from the fielders. As it turned out, this was the point where they won the match. Again, though, they were excessively noisy in the field, especially early on.

It was now the responsibility of the rest of the Mountaineers team to stand up and show they were not totally reliant on Masakadza in a tight situation – and this for the most part they dismally failed to do. The experienced South African Jon Beukes was one batsman who might have stood in the gap for Mountaineers, as he ran to 16 confident runs off 14 balls, with three fours, but he was then given out lbw on the front foot to Meth, and now the middle order surrendered meekly. Donald Tiripano, the night-watchman, had held an end up grimly for almost an hour, but edged a low catch to second slip off Meth to depart for 5 off 42 balls. Prosper Utseya, who has often been a man for a crisis in the past, was this time another lbw victim to Meth for a single, and Benjy Katsande lasted only three balls before edging to the keeper. Seven were now down for 125, the point of no return had been passed, and the last four wickets had fallen for seven runs in four overs.

Meth must have been tiring, but he kept bowling. At last Timycen Maruma and Shingi Masakadza showed some defiance, keeping out Meth and starting to attack Dabengwa, who had been blocking up the other end. Dabengwa as captain now faced the dilemma of whether to continue with Meth or give him a break for a while, but just as decision time was imminent, Meth struck again. Shingi Masakadza had been trying to counter his movement and upset his length by going down the pitch to him, which brought the keeper up to the stumps; the batsman did it once too often and was stumped for 17; eight down for 155.

Maruma now decided to take advantage of the wearied bowler, now in his eleventh over, smiting him for two mighty leg-side sixes in succession. In the meantime Dabengwa gave way to Chris Mpofu, but Tendai Chatara gave Maruma unexpected support, with five well-selected boundary hits off the fast man. They survived until lunch, and then Tawanda Mupariwa replaced the exhausted Meth; he quickly produced a rising ball that Maruma, on 36, edged at an awkward throat height to the keeper, who dropped it. After two overs by Mupariwa, Dabengwa brought back Meth, but he no longer had the power to terrorize; the batsmen could now play him like any other bowler and kept the scoreboard ticking over comfortably. Mountaineers supporters began to entertain delusions of victory.

When Maruma reached an admirable fifty, only another 24 runs were needed to win. But, tragically, a mix-up between the batsmen led to his being run out for 51 and the fighting partnership of 69 was ended. Natsai Mushangwe tried to hit out, but was caught in the outfield off Mpofu and the Logan Cup went to Matabeleland Tuskers. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 195 (68.2 overs; Mabuza 54, Mushangwe 3/44) & 290 (103.3 overs; Meth 65, Utseya 2/37), Mountaineers 239 (67.2 overs; H Masakadza 119, Meth 6/40) & 228 (63 overs; Mlambo 68, Meth 7/69). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 18 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

Southern Rocks Claim Inter-Provincial 'B' Title

We've gotten very little in the way of results for the Inter-Provincial 'B' series, which saw the five franchise 'B' sides face off in a series of 3-day matches, but we did at least get full details of the tournament final. That ended in Masvingo yesterday with a thumping win for Southern Rocks over Mountaineers. Rocks, batting first after winning the toss, posted 530, with tons from Tendai Chisoro (130) and Tendai Chitongo (164) forming the backbone of their innings and Alester Maregwede chipping in with a useful 72. That was more than enough, and Chitongo again did the heavy lifting, taking 4/32 and 4/22 with the ball on the way to bowling Mountaineers out for 197 and, after enforcing the follow-on, 122 - which left them still 211 runs short of Rocks' massive total. Kudzai Sauramba's 49 in the first innings was the best score that Mountaineers could muster. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 530 (165 overs; Chitongo 164, Mufudza 3/91), Mountaineers 197 (45.2 overs; Sauramba 49, Chitongo 4/32) & 122 (41.3 overs; Sauramba 47, Chitongo 4/22). Southern Rocks 'B' win by an innings and 211 runs.

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