LOGAN CUP: Rhinos win keeps pressure on Tuskers

Mid West Rhinos have kept the pressure on Logan Cup leaders Matabeleland Tuskers by wrapping up an innings victory on day three against Mashonaland Eagles in Harare.

Resuming the third day on 24 for one - still trailing by 235 runs - Eagles were bowled out for 233 as left-arm spinner Brad Wadlan picked up four for 33 to give him match figures of seven for 37.

It was seam bowler Carl Mumba who got the day’s initial breakthrough; follwing up his first innings five-fer by bowling night-watchman Trevor Garwe for 14. Malcolm Waller then had Cephas Zhuwao caught for 28 to make it 63 for three.

Mark Pettini led a mini renaissance and added 48 with Tino Tinotenda Mutombodzi (30) and 49 with Ryan Burl (31). Both men were dismissed by Wadlan, with the lower-order then struggling to stay with Pettini for any length of time. The Essex man was ninth man out for 82, with Wadlan then completing the win by removing Tanayaradzwa Munyaradzi.

Defending champions Mountaineers have set up a potentially interesting final day against Matabeleland Tuskers in Bulawayo.

Charles Kunje hit 93 to set up their end-of-day score of 259 for seven. That is still, however, a lead of only 120 runs and they will need more from the lower-order tomorrow - probably led by the unbeaten Kevin Kasuza - if they are to force the Logan Cup into a final round.

Kunje added 88 with his opening partner Tino Mawoyo (43) during a cautious stand, but there was little else of note apart from a late 39 from Shingi Masakadza. John Nyumbu helped keep Tuskers on top and ended with four for 86.

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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