LOGAN CUP: Tuskers batsmen make Eagles bowlers suffer

Front-runners Matabeleland Tuskers passed 400 before declaring for the second time this season in Zimbabwe’s Logan Cup. They called time on their innings at 405 for nine, with opponents Mashonaland Eagles then reaching stumps on day two on 47 for one.

The day began badly for the hosts in Bulawayo when Keith Dabengwa departed without adding to his overnight score. However, that would prove a mere blip in the day’s run-scoring as Bornaparte Mujuru and Sean Williams added 69 for the third-wicket. The stand was dominated by a free-flowing Williams who made 42 off 53 balls before handing Wellington Masakadza the first of his five wickets.

Mujuru continued to edge nearer to a maiden century, but again fell short when on 86 he was bowled by Masakadza. That is the 11th time he has passed 50 without going on to complete the ton. It had laid a solid platform, though; one which Brian Chari and skipper Godwill Mamhiyo would capitalise on. The two put on 128 for the fifth-wicket, with Chari eventually falling for 81. Mamhiyo would be sixth man dismissed for 60 with the score on 359, leaving Brian Vitori to add a late flourish to the innings, clubbing four sixes, prior to the declaration. He made 25 off just 12 balls, with Masakadza the pick of the Eagles attack with five for 109 from 27 overs. Credit too must go to the economical Taurai Muzarabani, who finished with two for 32 from 20 overs.

Eagles lost Chamu Chibhabha in the seventh over of their reply to Tawanda Mupariwa, with Simba Gupo (10) and Ryan Burl (20) the undefeated batsmen at stumps.

Rain meant that only 23 overs were bowled on day two in Kwekwe, with Mountaineers moving on to 128 for three in reply to Mid West Rhinos‘ 193. Kyle Jarvis accounted for both of the visitors’ openers, Kevin Kasuza (42) and Tino Mawoyo (22), in his final match before returning to England, while Stuart Matsikenyeri was dismissed for 31 off the final ball of the day by Kudakwashe Bhasikoro. Timycen Maruma is unbeaten on 20

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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