LOGAN CUP: Mujuru and Williams put Tuskers in control

Innings of 96 apiece from Bornaparte Mujuru and Sean Williams allowed Matabeleland Tuskers to take control on the second day of their Logan Cup match in Kwekwe.

Mid West Rhinos had enjoyed a good start to the day as their last two wickets added 41 to their overnight score before they were dismissed for 255. Mark Mbofana ended unbeaten on 54, and took his ninth-wicket stand with Carl Mumba to 66 before the latter was dismissed by Luke Jongwe (3-52) for a career-best 39.

Mumba then struck early with the ball, having Tuskers opener Nkosana Mpofu sent back for six. However, Keith Dabengwa (35) partnered the obdurate Mujuru until the score reached 89, with Williams then joining the opener to add the pivotal partnership of 159.

Williams was removed late in the day by Rhinos skipper Brad Wadlan four short of his century, but Mujuru remains and will resume day three four short of what would be his maiden first-class century. Tuskers closed on 259 for three to lead by four runs.

Scores in brief: Mid West Rhinos 255 (Masvaure 77, Mupariwa 3-34) trail Matabeleland Tuskers 259-3 by 4 runs.
Day one report

Tafadzwa Muzarawetu and Tatenda Gumunyu-Manatsa shared seven wickets as Mashonaland Eagles enjoyed the better of the second day in Mutare.

Mountaineers openers Tino Mawoyo and Kevin Kasuza did add 89, but once Mawoyo had been caught off Muzarawetu for 48 it was more or less one-way traffic. Charles Kunje was caught off the very next delivery, with regular wickets seeing the defending champions bowled out for 261. Kasuza top-scored with 55, while the only other contributions of note came from Roy Kaia (36) and Natsai M’shangwe (38).

Eagles, who had earlier had their first innings ended at 401 by Tatenda Mupunga’s fourth wicket then extended their lead to 167 by stumps, reaching them on 27 without loss. Chamu Chibhabha is undefeated on 24, with Keith Kondo on three.

Scores in brief: Mashonaland Eagles 401 (Burl 92, Mutombodzi 80) & 27-0 lead Mountaineers 261 by 167 runs.
Day one report

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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