Mountaineers and Tuskers had to settle for a draw on the final day of their Castle Logan cup match at Mutare Sports club, with youngsters Kevin Kasuza and Tendai Chatara’s performances earning Mountaineers a point over Tuskers for a first innings lead. Despite the match being reduced to only one innings per side and no play being possible on the 2nd day, Mountaineers in their usual aggressive temperament, took a first innings lead with entitles them to a bonus point.
Zimbabwe under-19 opener, Kevin Kasuza (92), on his first class debut scored a half century along with Hamilton Masakadza (82) and Timycen Maruma (62) posted a competitive 328 runs all out for the home side. Kasuza continued his courageous performances from Zimbabwe under-19’s January tour to South Africa with an innings that featured 11 boundaries and two sixes. Keegan Meth starred for Tuskers with six for 58 runs in 23.4 overs.
Steven Trenchard top scored in the match with 124 run after wicket-keeper batsman, Adam Wheater (80), had initiated a decent chase for the Tuskers’ upper in the order but the visitors only managed to score 290 runs in the chase. Trenchard’s knocked five sixes and nine boundaries before being trapped lbw by Maruma. Mountaineers’ 38 run first innings lead was thanks in a main to Tendai Chatara’s five-wicket-haul for 56 in 21 overs. Scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 328 (106.4 overs; Kasuza 92, Meth 6/58), Tuskers 290 (77 overs; Trenchard 124, Chatara 5/56). Match drawn.
[Match report via ZC]
Rain wiped out both of this week's Metbank Pro40 matches - Rhinos v Tuskers in Kwekwe, and Rocks v Mountaineers in Mutare - so it's as-you-were for the tournament table. The next matches are the semi-finals, and here's the lineup:
28 January Mountaineers v Rhinos Harare Sports Club 29 January Tuskers v Rocks Harare Sports Club
Bad weather denied Mountaineers and the Southern Rocks a result in their Castle Logan cup match which only permitted two days play, at Mutare Sports Club. The match was plagued with heavy rain and wet outfield condition, but this however did not change Mountaineers position from the top of the log with 26 points, neither did it remove Rocks from their rock bottom position with no win and just two points on the board.
Meanwhile the Kwekwe Match between Midwest Rhinos and Matabeleland Tuskers was abandoned due to a wet outfield caused by excessive rainfall without a ball being bowled.
In Mutare, Rocks won the toss and elected to bat posting 259 all out in the first innings. Stuart Matsikenyeri enjoyed his return to Mutare Sports club as he top scored with 64 runs with support from Raza Butt 31 runs and Tafadzwa Kamungozi who hit out a run a ball 44 runs. As the weather threatened to stop play on countless occasions both team tried to make the most of their time in the middle with the Mountaineers 218 all largely down to efforts from Tinotenda Mawoyo who scored 40 runs and Mark Vermeulen’s entertaining knock of 34 runs.
Rocks made the Mountaineers work hard for their runs, with Brian Vitori and Kamungozi each picking up four wickets. Vitori was the main threat as his pace proved to be the difference between the two teams’ first innings totals. The young left arm seamer could have picked up more wickets had his team been more clinical in their fielding. Steven Marillier and Tatenda Taibu gave the Rocks innings more zest with half centuries that put up 158 for three in the final session. Taibu was out for 53 runs of 55 balls in an innings that featured five fours and two sixes.
Marillier’s knock was more patient for 68 off 89 balls with only eight boundaries from the innings. Taibu and Marillier built the Rocks’ highest partnership 76 runs for the third wicket. The two captains agreed to call it a day with an hour of play left; the score at this point was realistically beyond any teams reach, as the hosts needed 194 runs in the last 15 overs of the final day. Scorecard for the Rocks / Mountaineers match is below the cut.
Rocks 259 (76 overs; Matsikenyeri 64, Mushangwe 3/71) & 158/3 (35 overs; Marillier 62, Maruma 1/17), Mountaineers 218 (77.2 overs; Mawoyo 40, Kamungozi 4/60). Match drawn.
Midwest Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers: Match abandoned.
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Another rain intervention, another no result, as today's MetBank Pro40 match between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mashonaland Eagles became the latest victim of the weather. Play did get started, with Eagles winning the toss and opting to field, but only 12 overs were bowled before the rain began, with the match being abandoned sometime later. Having lost two early wickets - Horton for 0 and Ewing for 9 - I doubt Tuskers would have been complaining too much. Both sides get 2 points from the abandonment, which moves Tuskers into second place ahead of Southern Rocks (who are on a bye this week), while Eagles remain rooted to the bottom of the table - and as they're on a bye during the final round of matches next week, they now have no possibility of reaching the semi-finals and are out of the competition. Scorecard, what there is of it, below the cut.
Tuskers 32/2 (12 overs; Duffin 12*, Keegan 2/12), Eagles did not bat. Match Abandoned.
A five wicket haul from lanky fast bowler Christopher Mpofu saw Matabeleland Tuskers romp to a 65 run win over Mashonalad Eagles inside three days in a Castle Logan Cup encounter at Queens Sports Club, despite a superb century from visiting captain Foster Mutizwa. Mpofu picked five for 80 runs including the big wicket of Mutizwa who top scored for his side with 116 runs to deny Mash Eagles what seemed a well deserved first win in the Logan Cup. Fellow seamer Tawanda Mupariwa weighed in with three crucial wickets as Tuskers collected all the points from the match.
With the heavy rains having pounded the pitch on Thursday night, a wet outfield saw the entire morning session being lost as no play was possible. Eagles declared their first innings on 32/1 and Tuskers who scored 339 in their first innings chose to forfeit their second innings, leaving Eagles with a victory target of 308 runs with one and a half days to achieve it.
After the early loss of Cephas Zhuwao, who had his off stump knocked over by Mupariwa, Mutizwa and Prince Masvaure put on 57 runs for the second wicket with some hard knocks. Mpofu broke the stand when he had Masvaure caught behind for 29 but the batsman was convinced that the ball had grazed his arm on the way to Adam Wheater and reluctantly walked off the field. Ryan Butterworth never looked settled and was in the middle for just five minutes before getting a low edge from a Bradley Staddon delivery to be taken at first slip by Paul Horton to depart for a seven ball duck.
Mutizwa continued to dominate the Tuskers bowlers and was strong on the off side, punishing anything on the off stump, dispatching 11 fours on his way to his half century off 77 deliveries. He raced to the 90s in no time but was stuck there for sometime as a rejuvenated Njabulo Ncube peppered him with some unplayable short balls. After facing up to 139 balls and hammering 17 fours, Mutizwa got to the century when he pulled Ncube for four through mid wicket.
None of the bowlers tried out by Tuskers skipper Gavin Ewing had an answer as Mutizwa and continued to flay them all over the park. Mpofu finally got Mutizwa when he had him snared at mid wicket by Ewing. World Cup bound Regis Chakabva got six runs before Mpofu bowled him and Mpofu had another wicket in the same over, getting a leg before wicket decision against Tinotenda Mutombodzi who was out for a two ball duck and suddenly the match swung in favour of Tuskers.
Mupariwa claimed the big of Andrew Hall, the former South African all-rounder getting an edge to Wheater. Mpofu had his five wickets, Chad Keegan edging and taken by Wheater and it was all over soon afterwards when Mupariwa induced Lamb to an edge which was caught by Wheater. Mark Mbofana did not bat after breaking a finger fielding on the first day. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 339 (141.5 overs; Wheater 90, Keegan 3/30) & forfeited innings, Eagles 32/1 dec (15 overs; Masvaure 17*, Mpofu 1/9) & 242 (67.2 overs; Mutizwa 116, Mpofu 5/80). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 65 runs.
[Match report via ZC]
Half centuries from Sikandar Raza and Chamu Chibhabha inspired Southern Rocks to a 45 run victory over Matabeleland Tuskers in a Met Bank Pro40 Championship match in Masvingo. Overnight rains caused a delay on the start of play due to a wet out field; one of the bowlers’ ends was too damp prompting the umpires to delay the start of play for the safety of the bowlers. However, frantic efforts by the ground staff paid off when play resumed earlier than expected.
The match was reduced to 32 overs. Tuskers’ won the toss and elected to field. The rains of the past few days did little to change the state of the wicket that was flat. For Rocks’ openers, surviving the new ball was key, something that they achieved, though Sikandar Raza was lucky to survive early on. First, he was dropped on the first ball of Tawanda Mupariwa’s over by Keith Dabengwa at mid-off. The next ball Raza launched a big one for six over the bowler. On the third ball of the same over, he survived again when his shot failed to carry towards Gavin Ewing at mid-wicket. Chamu Chibhabha on the other hand was playing with caution, but at the same time being able to score with relative quickness.
The first wicket partnership blossomed to produce 160 runs before Dabengwa dismissed Raza for lbw, sending the big hitter packing with a well played 80 off 59 balls. In came, Chigumbura who quickly found his stride forming a decent 58 run partnership with Chibhabha. Mupariwa bounced back to take two wickets in the 25th over. The first ball of the over was a full toss that Chibhabha pulled for a six. Then Chibhabha was caught at backward point by Gavin Ewing for 89 from 83. Chigumbura, was dismissed when he sky rocketed the ball to by Sean Williams at long off. The departure of Chigumbura ushered a batting collapse. Bradley Staddon picked 2 wickets in one over as Rocks finished at 253/6.
Needing just under eight runs per over, Tuskers openers had to replicate their Rocks’ counterparts with a big partnership. However, that was not be, instead there was a bowling partnership that did the early damage. Brian Vitori and Blessing Mahwire gave Rocks’ the kind of start they were hoping for. Duffin could only manage 6 runs from 11 balls before Vitori broke through his defences. Vitori came again in the next over to haunt Tuskers with the wicket of Charles Coventry for 11 (6).
Ewing held on from the other end until he was undone by unfortunate run out by Mahwire with a gallant 41 from 29 deliveries. Horton played a straight drive with Mahwire managing to put a hand to ball that hit stumps catching Ewing out of his crease. Williams’ comeback after missing the Castle Logan Cup match due to sickness, did not last long when he got a feint edge to wicket keeper Richmond Mutumbami.
Stuart Matsikenyeri was precise with his field placing and bowling changes. After drinks he brought Hillary Matanga who immediately made his impact with the wicket of Paul Horton with his first ball. Matanga’s spell proved to be very significant when he went on to claim another scalp in his next over, taking the game further away from the reach of Tuskers who kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
In a desperate attempt to save the game, Ewing brought in injured Keegan Meth who failed to bowl because of a knee injury that he sustained in the morning. Meth could only conjure a 21 run partnership with Staddon but that was not to be enough for Tuskers who finished on 208/8 in 32 overs. Matanga was the pick of the Rocks’ bowlers with four wickets for 30 in six overs, while Brian Vitori had two for 31 in five overs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 253/6 (32/32 overs; Chibhabha 89, Staddon 2/33), Tuskers 208/8 (32/32 overs; Horton 48, Matanga 4/30). Southern Rocks win by 45 runs.
[Match report via ZC]
Relentless rains forced a draw result in the Castle Logan Cup match between Southern Rocks and Matabeleland Tuskers. The two teams were determined to force a result, but the skies had other ideas. Southern Rocks’ surprise declaration was succeeded by another shocker when Tuskers declared first thing in the morning meaning that their second innings lasted only 13.3 overs with score at 76/2.
This meant that Rocks needed 318 runs from the day’s allocated 90 overs. However, that was not to be as the overnight rains could not hold up. Play started in the afternoon and the overs to be played was reduced to 45 overs. Rocks went in to bat; Chamu Chibhabha had a quick 24 off 32 balls while Steve Marillier was had his usual pedestrian knock of 10 from 33. Unfortunately, play could only go on for a mere 10.3 overs as the rains kept falling until the match was declared a draw.
Tuskers will march out of Masvingo with a single point that they accumulated by virtue of the first innings lead. On day three, Craig Ervine had spearheaded a fight back for Southern Rocks with a terrific unbeaten 167. The day commenced on a bright note for the host team when Chamu Chibhabha and Craig Ervine amassed 119 runs for the third wicket partnership. This was an interesting passage of play that resulted to a stimulating contest between bat and ball. Ervine was dealing in boundaries denying left arm spinner Keith Dabengwa any room to settle.
On the other hand, Keegan Meth continued to trouble Chibhabha bowling straight and keeping the ball on the stumps most of the time. After a couple of lbw shouts, Meth’s persistence finally paid off when he broke through Chibhabha defences to send the Rocks opener back to the pavilion with 74 from 116 balls. Meth, though failing to find that late swing which has become his trademark continued with good rhythm when he dismissed Elton Chigumbura lbw in the next over.
After lunch Ervine raced to his fifth first-class century as he continued to hold the Rocks’ batting together. Sikandar Butt had an uncharacteristic slow start putting up another meaningful 58 run partnership with Ervine. The two looked to be going well until Butt graced Njabulo Ncube with a wicket when he went fishing for a short and wide delivery taking a shot that failed to beat Terrence Duffin at mid-off.
Ncube, inspired by the wicket increased his intensity with a series of bouncers that were directed towards the new batsman Richmond Mutumbami. In a moment of aggressive bowling he struck Mutumbami on the helmet twice in consecutive deliveries.
Mutumbami managed to break the shackles and started to play his shots. In an exhibition of classy and all round stroke play the Masvingo bred batsman strolled to 54 runs from 91 balls before Rocks dropped a bombshell by declaring with the score 342/5. The decision sent shock waves to almost everyone at the ground considering the fact Rocks were still 241 runs behind.
In an effort to force a result on the match Tuskers came looking to make quick runs and managed to score 76 for the loss of two wickets before the close of day three, but then the weather intervened. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 583/7d (156.2 overs; Horton 209, Ewing 191, Matanga 3/86) & 76/2d (13.3 overs; Wheater 39, Vitori 1/11), Rocks 342/5d (94.4 overs; Ervine 167*, Meth 3/75) & 36/0 (10.3 overs; Chibhabha 24*, Marillier 10*). Match drawn.
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Mountaineers eased to a comprehensive 78-run win over Matabeleland Tuskers in the MetBank Pro40 match in Bulawayo yesterday. Led by Timycen Maruma's 67, Mountaineers set a target of 205 for the home side to chase, with Jonathan Beukes (38) and Greg Smith (33) also chipping in while Tawanda Mupariwa and Bradley Staddon each took three wickets to restrict Mountaineers to what seemed to be a gettable total.
Mountaineers' bowlers had other ideas, however, and put in an impressive display to bowl Tuskers out for just 127. Gavin Ewing (32) and Mbekezeli Mabuza (30) were the best of a woeful bunch for Tuskers, with seven batsmen failing to reach double figures, while Donald Tiripano (4/14) and Tinashe Panyangara (2/30) led the way with the ball to secure the win for Mountaineers. The winning margin secured the bonus point for the Mutare side, and that's enough to put them top of the tournament table, ahead of Tuskers on run rate. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 205/9 (40 overs; Maruma 67, Staddon 3/24), Tuskers 127 (32.1 overs; Ewing 32, Tiripano 4/16). Mountaineers win by 78 runs.
The Castle Logan Cup match between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mountaineers ended in a draw after heavy rains caused the abandonment of play after the lunch break on the third day at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Out of four days, only one and half days of play took place after the first day was washed out completely by the heavy rains.
The match only started on the second day when Tuskers skipper Gavin Ewing won the toss and opted to bat first. Opener Paul Horton top scored for Tuskers with 125 runs from 273 deliveries as Tuskers were bowled out for 264 all out in 109.1 overs. Mountaineers were on 99 for the loss of four wickets in 23.4 overs going into the lunch interval on day three and heavy rains started to fall just before the players were due to take back to the field and the match never resumed, the visitors still training by 165 runs in the first innings.
Tuskers had resumed from their overnight score of 255 runs for the loss of seven wickets with Bradley Staddon and Tawanda Mupariwa the two batsmen in the middle. Only nine runs were added to their overnight score before pace bowler Greg Smith ran through the remaining three batsmen, dismissing Mupariwa and Staddon in quick succession before bringing the Tuskers innings to an end when Njabulo Ncube tried to clear the third man boundary with the ball going up in the air and caught by Timycen Maruma. Smith took four wickets for 29 runs in 18.1 overs, eight of the overs being maidens, leg spinner Maruma three wickets for 17 runs in nine overs with two maidens.
Mountaineers lost four wickets before lunch. Bernard Mlambo, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Jonathan Beukes and Greg Smith were the batsmen to lose their wickets. With the weather intervening again, though, that was the end of the match. With the first innings not reaching completiong, no tournament points were awarded to either side. Full scorecard below the cut.
Tuskers 264 (109.1 overs; Horton 121, Smith 4/29), Mountaineers 99/4 (23.4 overs; Mawoyo 40, Mupariwa 1/46). Match drawn.
[Match report via ZC]
The Metropolitan Bank Pro40 encounter between Matabeleland Tuskers and Midwest Rhinos at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo was abandoned with only eight balls bowled due to some damp patches on the outfield which the umpires deemed unsafe to the players.
Tuskers, who had won all their previous three matches, were on five runs for the loss of one wicket in 1.2 overs when the umpires took the players off the field. After heavy rains had pounded the pitch the previous night, two visible patches were left deep on the outfield and this saw the match not able to start on scheduled time.
When the match started two hours late, Midwest Rhinos skipper Vusi Sibanda won the toss and sent Matabeleland Tuskers in to bat.
The hosts were in trouble as early as the first over. Ian Nicolson enticed Terrence Duffin with a delivery wide on the off stump and the left hander could only get the ball into the hands of Gary Ballance at gully to depart for a five-ball duck with Tuskers only having two runs on board.
The players were however off the field 1.2 overs into the match after Rhinos fielder Remembrance Nyathi slipped on the wet patch and injured his right ankle while trying to field a ball struck by Tuskers captain Gavin Ewing and the match never resumed. What there is of a scorecard is below the cut.
[Match report via ZC]