Matabeleland Tuskers are 2014-15 Logan Cup champions after completing victory over 2013-14 champions Mountaineers in Bulawayo.
Resuming 120 runs ahead on 259 for seven, Mountaineers’ last three wickets could add on a further 16 runs. Key man Kevin Kasuza was bowled by Brian Vitori, with John Nyumbu then picking up the last two wickets to finish with figures of six for 96.
With only 137 needed, it was always Tuskers’ to lose. They made heavy weather of it first up as Shingi Masakadza sent both openers packing with 29 on the board and leg-spinner Natsai M’shangwe removed Keith Dabengwa and Brian Chari to leave them 68 for four. Wicket-keeper Richmond Mutumbami played the match and trophy-winning innings. He smashed 10 boundaries – including wrapping things up with a six off Tapiwa Mufudza – to end of 72 off 68 balls. His captain Godwill Mamhiyo, who has won many plaudits throughout the season, was at the other end on 19.
The result means that the last round of matches will be largely irrelevant, as was Mid West Rhinos’ win yesterday. Rhinos overseas player and talisman Brad Wadlan tweeted his congratulations to the Tuskers team.
Congratulations to the @tuskerscricketZ on winning the Logan cup. Well done Wayne James and the boys.
— Brad L Wadlan (@BWadlan) March 6, 2015
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