LOGAN CUP: Tricky last day run chases in store

Defending Logan Cup champions Mountaineers face a tricky last day run chase in Mutare if they are to beat Matabeleland Tuskers.

They closed on 18 for two after being set 291 in the fourth innings. Luke Jongwe dispatched Innocent Kaia and Kevin Kasuza in the seven overs that the hosts faced before stumps.

The Mountaineers first innings had earlier ended at 171 to leave them trailing by 23 runs, with Tuskers then posting comfortably the best batting effort of the contest to date by making 267. Opener Bornaparte Mujuru hit 63 to lay the foundations for skipper Godwill Mamhiyo to hit a career-best 82 off only 129 balls. Nine of the wickets fell to spinners, with the ever-impressive Tapiwa Mufudza collecting four for 54, Natsai M’shangwe three for 57, and Roy Kaia two for 19.

The bowlers enjoyed a good third day in Kwekwe as Mashonaland Eagles lost their last six first innings wickets for 78 runs to leave them trailing by 54. However, their bowlers then hit back to bowl Mid West Rhinos out for just 128 in their second innings to set up a run chase of 183.

Again, it was the spinners who did much of the damage as Greg Lamb started the collapse by removing Bothwell Chapungu for 36 with the score on 52 for one. A couple of wickets for Taurai Muzarabani followed before it was back to Lamb. The all-rounder has certainly had a good match, taking three for 53 in the first innings, then top-scoring with a fluent 86, and now picking up four for 42. Fellow tweaker Wellington Masakadza wrapped up the innings to end with three for 10.

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!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>