LOGAN CUP: Kunje ton helps champions to draw

A combination of bad weather and a brilliant century from 20 year-old Charles Kunje helped Logan Cup holders Mountaineers escape with a draw against Matabeleland Tuskers in Bulawayo.

Resuming day three on 135 for three – still trailing by 58 runs – Kunje and Roy Kaia took their overnight fourth-wicket stand to 137. 23 year-old Kaia, whose brother Innocent was a third day substitution for the Bangladesh-bound Timycen Maruma, notched up his ninth half-century before departing to Tuskers captain Godwill Mamhiyo.

Kudzai Sauramba (21), Kaia jnr (17) and Cuthbert Musoko (13) then partnered Kunje through to his maiden first-class century. He was dismissed soon after by Tawanda Mupariwa (3-45), with Mountaineers finishing on 348 for nine to take two points from the contest to Tuskers’ three.

Mid West Rhinos lead the way after the first round of fixtures after wrapping up victory inside three days yesterday courtesy of Brad Wadlan’s all-round exploits, while their opponents in that match Mashonaland Eagles prop up the table with a solitary point.

The next batch of Logan Cup fixtures are due to begin on 24th November when Rhinos play Tuskers at home in Kwekwe and Mountaineers host Eagles in Mutare. Two days before that the sides are due to play their second batch of matches in the Pro50 Championship. That, of course, all depends on the ZPCA reaching agreement with ZC over a Memorandum of Understanding which delayed the start of this round of Logan Cup matches.

Daniel Grummitt

Cricket Writer at World Cricket Badger
Daniel first began writing about cricket in 2011, having been a fan of the game ever since his Grandad introduced him to it at the age of 10.

He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.

The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.

Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!

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