LOGAN CUP: Tuskers close in on title after bowlers’ day

Logan Cup leaders Matabeleland Tuskers took another step towards lifting the trophy by bowling defending champions Mountaineers out for just 150 on the first day in Bulawayo.

Mountaineers skipper Tino Mawoyo was sent packing in the very first over by left-arm quick Brian Vitori for a duck before Kevin Kasuza and Charles Kunje added 60 for the second-wicket to lay the platform for a competitive total. However, Luke Jongwe had Kunje caught by Brian Chari for a battling 16 and then trapped Roy Kaia leg-before the very next ball.

Wickets tumbled at alarming rate thereafter as Vitori dispatched Kasuza for 49 and Kudzai Sauramba for 15 to make it 94 for five. Jongwe then began to run riot and accounted for Donald Tiripano, Tapiwa Mufudza and Natsai M’shangwe en route to career-best figures of five for 32 from 17 overs to continue what has been a good run of form in recent times with both bat and ball. Vitori returned to wrap things up with the wicket of Tatenda Mupunga to end with four for 60, while Stephen Chimhamhiwa took one for 40 from 16 overs and Forster Mutizwa was left stranded on 34.

Mid West Rhinos, who need to win both of their remaining games and hope Tuskers lose or draw theirs if they are to claim the title, dominated the opening day against second-placed Mashonaland Eagles in Harare.

19 year-old Carl Mumba took his maiden five-wicket haul as Eagles were bowled out for just 133 after being asked to bat. Mumba took five of the first six wickets to fall, with only a third-wicket stand of 46 between Mark Pettini (26) and Tinotenda Mutombodzi (29) briefly halting the slide. Left-arm spinner Brad Wadlan then helped wrap up the tail to end with three for four from two overs, while improving all-rounder Tendai Chisoro dismissed last man Taurai Muzarabani to end with a brace of wickets.

Rhinos then closed on 118 for three as Wadlan got them off to a good start with a brisk 47 before being dismissed by Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi. Prince Masvaure on 31 and Vusi Sibanda on 15 are the unbeaten batsmen ahead of the second day.

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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