LOGAN CUP: Tuskers extend lead, records fall in Mutare

Matabeleland Tuskers made it back-to-back wins in the Logan Cup to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table over Mashonaland Eagles, who played out a high-scoring draw against Mountaineers.

Tuskers dominated the contest pretty for the duration in Kwekwe against Mid West Rhinos and soon recovered from the loss of three early wickets. Keith Dabengwa began things with 70 from number three, adding 158 with a fluent Richmond Mutumbami (86) for the fourth-wicket. Captain Godwill Mamhiyo and all-rounder Luke Jongwe then added further half-centuries and added 107 for the sixth-wicket as Tuskers were eventually all out for 367.

This was sufficient for a three-figure first innings lead despite Rhinos openers Brad Wadlan and Bothwell Chapungu putting on exactly 100. The hosts fell away in the latter part of their innings and lost their last eight wickets for 75 runs. Jongwe picked up four for 56 and 19 year-old left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu a career-best four for 68.

Rhinos were set 330 in the fourth innings following a Tuskers second innings declaration at 211 for seven off the back of 61 from Bornaparte Mujuru and five sixes from Brian Vitori. They lost Chapungu first ball to John Nyumbu and were bowled out for 188. The first three bowlers that Tuskers used were all spinners, with Nyumbu taking four for 72. However, their strong pace attack, led by Vitori and Jongwe, also chipped in; the pair picking up two wickets apiece. Wadlan was the only batsman to prosper with 77.

Records were broken on the first day in Mutare, but rain wiped out most of the second, thus making an outright win for either side virtually impossible.

Mashonaland Eagles lost both openers cheaply after electing to bat against Mountaineers, but overseas pro Mark Pettini and former national player Tinotenda Mutombodzi added an incredible 352 for the third-wicket to break the first-class Logan Cup record for runs added for any wicket. Pettini was finally sent packing for 142, but Mutombodzi notched 230 before he was caught off Donald Tiripano on the third day. The declaration came at 478 for seven in the 112th over.

Trevor Garwe then dispensed with home captain Tino Mawoyo early on, but half-centuries from Kevin Kasuza, Innocent Kaia, Forster Mutizwa and Shingi Masakadza negated any chance of Eagles forcing a win. Kasuza and Kaia added 145 for the second-wicket to set up an innings total of 391 for eight before the teams shook hands and settled for two points each.

Picture: Keith Dabengwa reaches 50 on the first day in Kwekwe. Credit: Ricky Leighton/@rhinosmidwest

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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