LOGAN CUP: Matches evenly poised at halfway stage

Logan Cup leaders Mid West Rhinos enjoyed a good opening day in Kwekwe before Greg Lamb led a Mashonaland Eagles fightback on day two.

The visitors closed on 219 for four after bowling out the hosts for 351. It had been a slow start for Mountaineers as they slipped to 105 for four in the 52nd over, but Lamb upped the tempo and ended unbeaten on 81 off 118 balls to reduce the Eagles arrears to 132 runs. He and Ryan Burl (40 not out) have added 114 thus far for the fifth-wicket.

Day one had belonged to the Rhinos middle-order as they overcame a poor start after choosing to bat. Vusi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller put on 118 for the fourth-wicket before Sibanda was run-out for a fluent 78 that spanned just 75 deliveries. Wicket-keeper PJ Moor then joined Waller and again played the aggressor in their partnership of 105. He was caught behind off Lamb (3-53) for 67 off 70 balls, with Waller’s innings ended courtesy of the same bowler not long after. Tafadzwa Muzarawetu wrapped up the innings to end with five for 75.

There has been somewhat slower progress in Mutare as rain on day one meant that only 57.1 overs were possible. Defending champions Mountaineers have closed day two on 148 or eight, with skipper Tino Mawoyo top-scoring with 48 and Ainsley Ndlovu taking three for 16 in only his second first-class match.

Earlier, the Matabeleland Tuskers innings had been ended at 194 as debutant gloveman Taffy Mupariwa was ninth man out for 47. Opener Nkosana Mpofu had been dismissed for the same score on the first day. Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano ended with three wickets apiece.

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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