Northerns won by an innings and 102 runs

Northerns thrash Southerns by an innings

Southerns – 144 and 230 all out in 73.5 overs (Brian Mudzinganyama 65, Sikandar Raza 59, Brad Evans 29; Ainsley Ndlovu 3/40, Travor Mutsamba 3/49, Wessly Madhevere 2/67)

Northerns – 476-8 declared in 199.5 overs (Remembrance Nyathi 115, Donald Tiripano 100*, Timycen Maruma 98; Sikandar Raza 3/129, Tapiwa Mufudza 2/66, Tony Munyonga 1/31)

 

Northerns won by an innings and 102 runs

In spite of some rousing strokes at times from Brian Mudzinganyama and Sikandar Raza, who both scored fifties, Southerns went down to Northerns by an innings and 102 runs on the fourth day of their five-day regional match at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

The day began with Southerns in their second innings on 12 without loss, still 320 runs adrift of Northerns – their opening batters Mudzinganyama and Tanu Makoni were on seven and zero respectively.

They soon lost the wicket of Makoni, who was bowled by Steve Chimhamhiwa for seven with the score on 23.

Tafadzwa Tsiga came in next and immediately began to play his strokes, while Mudzinganyama played a more defensive game.

Travor Mutsamba then struck with two wickets in an over, as he had Tsiga (21) caught at the wicket by Clive Madande and then bowled Roy Kaia third ball, both with the score on 57.

Raza was in belligerent mood as he came in just before lunch and hit five fours, being 20 not out at lunch when the score was 99 for three, at which point Mudzinganyama had 39.

After the interval another four from Raza, a savage pull off Chimhamhiwa, brought up the hundred.

Mudzinganyama began to open up more now, and reached his fifty off 120 balls.

He made 65 before he took a step to aim a big drive at a ball from Wessly Madhevere, but the delivery was well wide of the off stump and spinning wider.

 

Mudzinganyama missed but Madande picked it up and brilliantly swept the stumps down in one motion to dismiss him – 142 for four wickets.

Tony Munyonga was settling in with Raza when there was a sudden sharp shower of rain, which drove the players off the field.

It was decided to take tea then with the score 166 for four wickets (Raza 45 and Munyonga 14), and they were soon back on the field again.

Raza took his score to 59, scored off 106 balls, when he tried to hit Ainsley Ndlovu for six, but skyed the ball on the off side to be caught, with the score 190 for five.

With only four runs added, Munyonga joined him in the pavilion, bowled by Mutsamba for 28, and Tapiwa Mufudza lofted a leg-side catch off Ndlovu with only four to his credit.

The score was 199 for seven now, with Kudzai Maunze injured and little batting to come.

Brad Evans settled in and began to go on the attack, while Charlton Tshuma scored one before being caught by Donald Tiripano at second slip off Ndlovu at 210 for eight.

Evans continued to play responsible attacking strokes when he had the opportunity, and took his score to 29 off 49 balls, but he then tried to turn a straight ball from Madhevere to the leg side and was out lbw.

Tafara Chingwara was not out with two and, with Maunze unable to bat, the match was over.

There were three wickets each to Ndlovu and Mutsamba and two to Madhevere.

Remembrance Nyathi (l) and Donald Tiripano (r)

Nyathi, Tiripano hit centuries to put Northerns firmly in driver’s seat

Southerns – 144 and 12-0 in 5 overs (Brian Mudzinganyama 7*, Tanu Makoni 0*)

Northerns – 476-8 declared in 199.5 overs (Remembrance Nyathi 115, Donald Tiripano 100*, Timycen Maruma 98; Sikandar Raza 3/129, Tapiwa Mufudza 2/66, Tony Munyonga 1/31)

 

Day 3 – Stumps: Southerns trail by 320 runs

The third day of this five-day match between Northerns and Southerns at Harare Sports Club was dominated by two centuries by the overnight pair of Remembrance Nyathi and Donald Tiripano.

Northerns began the day with a score of 288 for six wickets, having exactly doubled the Southerns total of 144 all out – Nyathi was on 46 and Tiripano was yet to score.

The morning session saw an amazing display of stone-walling by Nyathi, who faced 84 balls in the two-hour session, the equivalent of 14 overs, and scored only 10 runs, including one boundary, in that whole period.

At lunch the score had moved to 342 for six wickets, with Tiripano now on 42 and Nyathi 56.

After the interval, Tiripano reached his fifty off 152 balls.

After camping on 64 for quite a time, with Tiripano almost catching up with him, Nyathi was tempted into trying a scoring stroke against the slow spin of Sikandar Raza and edged the ball past the slips for four.

This seemed to inspire him to start looking for runs at last, and he began scoring faster than his partner.

He almost reached a century before tea, going in for the interval on 99, with Tiripano on 74 and the score 420 for six.

Immediately after the break, a nudged single brought Nyathi his century, scored off 274 balls.

The monumental innings and partnership finally came to an end when Nyathi was caught at the wicket off Tony Munyonga for 115, at 451 for seven wickets.

His marathon innings lasted seven hours and 15 minutes during which he faced 304 balls and scored 14 fours – it was the eighth first-class century of his career and the partnership had put on 165 for the seventh wicket.

Tiripano at this stage had 89 and as soon as he took a single to complete his fourth first-class century, which took him 275 balls and contained 11 fours, Northerns declared at 476 for eight wickets.

 

Southerns had bowled just one ball short of 200 overs and they went in to bat again 332 runs in arrears.

Mufudza returned impressive figures with the ball, bowling altogether 47 overs to take two wickets for only 66 runs, while Raza took three for 129 off 44.5 overs.

 

Southerns went in for five overs before the close – Brian Mudzinganyama, with seven, and Tanu Makoni, still to score, kept their wickets intact.

Maruma progressed to 98 and then became yet another batter in this series of matches to narrowly miss a century.

Maruma, Madhevere miss out on tons as Northerns consolidate lead

Southerns – 144 all out in 59.2 overs (Brian Mudzinganyama 68, Sikandar Raza 22, Kudzai Maunze 11; Victor Nyauchi 5/34, Travor Mutsamba 3/34, Wessly Madhevere 1/1)

Northerns – 288-6 in 117 overs (Timycen Maruma 98, Wessly Madhevere 89, Remembrance Nyathi 46*; Tapiwa Mufudza 2/49, Sikandar Raza 2/63, Brad Evans 1/58)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Northerns lead by 144 runs

Two contrasting near-centuries by Wessly Madhevere and Timycen Maruma were the main features of the second day’s play for Northerns against Southerns at Harare Sports Club on Monday.

Madhevere hit a bright, fluent 89, while Maruma put his head down to graft for 98 runs as he batted almost throughout the day.

Overnight, Northerns were 48 for two wickets in reply to the Southerns total of 144 – Madhevere had eight and Steve Chimhamhiwa two.

Madhevere was soon scoring runs attractively while Chimhamhiwa did his job in holding up an end, which he did for over an hour altogether for seven runs before he dabbed a ball from Brad Evans into the gully, where it was easily caught by Tony Munyonga at 76 for three.

This brought back to the crease Maruma, who had retired hurt on day one with eight.

Before long Madhevere reached his fifty, which came off 70 balls.

The Southerns score was passed with only three wickets down, and Maruma, whether his injured arm was still troubling him or not, concentrated on staying in while Madhevere played the major role.

The captain reached 89 before he went to pull a shorter delivery from Tapiwa Mufudza and sent a catch straight to midwicket, when he clearly had a century in view.

He faced 125 deliveries and hit 16 fours, leaving when the score was 176 for four.

With Clive Madande as his new partner, Maruma eased his way to his fifty, which took him 166 balls.

Madande made only two before he was bowled middle stump by a faster ball from Mufudza; 192 for five.

Remembrance Nyathi soon settled in quite comfortably, and together with Maruma began to build another significant partnership.

The score had reached 269 for five, with Maruma on 89 and Nyathi 37, when a light drizzle began and the umpires decreed that play must stop and the pitch be covered.

About half an hour was lost before play restarted.

Maruma progressed to 98 and then became yet another batter in this series of matches to narrowly miss a century.

He swept at a straight ball from Sikandar Raza and was so plumb lbw that he started walking off before the umpire even raised his finger; 286 for six.

Maruma faced 298 balls and hit 11 fours in a very solid, determined innings which took him almost six hours.

When the players left the field a few minutes later the score was 288 for six wickets, with Nyathi on 46 and Donald Tiripano yet to score.

Of the bowlers, Mufudza could feel most satisfied with his day: he has bowled 30 overs in the innings so far and taken two wickets while conceding only 49 runs with his accurate off-breaks.

Victor Nyauchi grabbed five wickets and the wicket-keeper, Clive Madande, took six catches.

Mudzinganyama spares Southerns’ blushes as Nyauchi grabs five-for

Southerns – 144 all out in 59.2 overs (Brian Mudzinganyama 68, Sikandar Raza 22, Kudzai Maunze 11; Victor Nyauchi 5/34, Travor Mutsamba 3/34, Wessly Madhevere 1/1)

Northerns – 48-2 in 27 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 16, Tadiwanashe Marumani 9, Wessly Madhevere 8*; Sikandar Raza 1/9)

 

Day 1 – Stumps: Northerns trail by 96 runs

An innings of 68 from Brian Mudzinganyama was the only highlight in another calamitous batting display by Southerns against Northerns in the second regional five-day match at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

He scored almost half his team’s total of 144, while Victor Nyauchi grabbed five wickets and the wicket-keeper, Clive Madande, took six catches.

Before the close, Northerns also gave a rather unconvincing batting performance to finish on 48 for two, with one man retired hurt.

Southerns won the toss and decided to bat on a warm sunny morning.

The unfortunate Tanu Makoni was dismissed off the first delivery of the match, as a short ball from Nyauchi rose to bounce off his shoulder, but he was given out caught by Madande.

Kudzai Maunze and Mudzinganyama played a careful game until, at 26, Maunze (11) dabbled at a ball from Nyauchi outside the off stump and edged it to the keeper.

Roy Kaia struggled to get his score moving, and had made seven off 26 balls when he slashed at a ball from the medium-paced Travor Mutsamba outside his off stump and walked immediately on edging it to Madande, who was credited with his third successive catch; 60 for three wickets.

The score at lunch was 76 for three, with Mudzinganyama batting well on 41 and Sikandar Raza five.

Raza soon asserted himself after lunch with two fours in three balls off Ainsley Ndlovu.

He scored 22 off 34 balls when he drove Nyauchi into the covers, to be caught by Wessly Madhevere with the total at 111 – a superstitious score for the English that should not affect Zimbabweans!

 

Mudzinganyama had just reached his 50 off 87 balls and was looking confident, but when he reached 68 he drove at a ball from Steve Chimhamhiwa outside his off stump and Madande picked up his fourth catch.

Southerns were in trouble now at 124 for five wickets, and at the other end the dogged Tony Munyonga scored his second run after facing 36 balls.

Catch number five was soon on its way for Madande, though, as Tafadzwa Tsiga played at a bad ball from Mutsamba down the leg side and was given out for seven; 135 for six.

At 141, Brad Evans, who did not score, went on a big leg-side hit against Mutsamba and skyed a catch that was held by Madhevere.

Tea was taken at 141 for seven, with Munyonga on eight off 76 balls and Tapiwa Mufudza two.

From the first ball after tea Mufudza gently carved a catch to Ndlovu at backward point off Nyauchi, and then Munyonga, having used up 81 balls in scoring nine, gave Madande his sixth catch with a gentle dabble outside the off stump to a ball from Nyauchi.

The innings came to an inglorious end at 144 when the last man, Tafara Chingwara, swung over a flighted delivery from Madhevere and was comprehensively bowled, leaving Charlton Tshuma not out after facing 22 balls without scoring a run.

Only three batters in the team reached double figures.

Nyauchi took five wickets for 34, while Mutsamba had three for 34.

Madande is the sixth wicket-keeper in Zimbabwe’s first-class cricket history to be credited with six or more wicket-keeping catches in an innings.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Tadiwanashe Marumani opened the batting for Northerns against the bowling of Evans and Chingwara.

They put on 28 together quite comfortably, but then Kaitano (16) played a ball from Evans to midwicket and unwisely attempted a second run, only to be run out by Mudzinganyama.

With Timycen Maruma joining Marumani and close of play approaching, the flow of runs became a trickle, and to make matters worse Maruma on eight retired hurt after being hit on the arm.

Then on 39, Raza bowled out Marumani for nine off 66 balls, beaten by a flighted yorker that he did not pick up.

The night-watchman, Steve Chimhamhiwa, had come in to replace Maruma, and now Madhevere himself had to come in just before the close.

He played positively, hitting Raza for two fours, and the pair finished the day safely on 48 for two wickets, with Chimhamhiwa on two and Madhevere eight.

The end result was that Northerns won the match by 188 runs.

Four fall just short of centuries as Northerns trounce Southerns

Northerns – 256 and 272 all out in 70 overs (Wessly Madhevere 90, Clive Madande 82, Sikandar Raza 36; William Mashinge 5/48, Prince Masvaure 2/36, Wellington Masakadza 2/84)

Southerns – 102 and 238 all out in 64.3 overs (Tafadzwa Tsiga 95, Kudzai Maunze 94, Brian Chari 24; Victor Nyauchi 3/33, Sikandar Raza 2/5, Wessly Madhevere 2/41)

 

Northerns won by 188 runs

Four men – Wessly Madhevere, Clive Madande, Kudzai Maunze and Tafadzwa Tsiga – will all remember this day with mixed emotions.

Rarely can four batters, all on the same day, have batted so well and come so close to scoring a century, but been dismissed within 20 runs of that milestone – three of them in the nineties.

These were among some remarkable occurrences that took place on Monday, the third and final day of the first regional match scheduled for five days between the select teams Northerns and Southerns at Harare Sports Club.

The end result was that Northerns won the match by 188 runs.

Overnight, the Northerns second-innings score was 251 for five wickets –  Madhevere had 85 and Madande 74, and their sixth-wicket partnership had already put on 128 runs.

Madande started the day by hitting the first ball bowled, from William Mashinge, easily through the covers for four.

 

But the bowler soon afterwards took his revenge, as Madande on 82 edged a catch to Milton Shumba at second slip, ending a fine partnership of 140.

Madande had faced 105 deliveries and hit three sixes and five fours and after his dismissal the score was 263 for six wickets.

Unfortunately, Madhevere also failed to reach his century, as Richard Ngarava produced a fine delivery to knock out his middle and off stumps with his score on 90.

He had faced 170 balls, but remarkably hit only four fours.

Mashinge then had Tendai Chisoro out lbw for three, before whipping through the weak Northerns tail.

To the credit of Southerns, in about 50 minutes this morning they took the last five Northerns wickets for only 21 runs – in fact, after the sixth wicket fell only another nine runs were scored.

Mashinge had the best bowling figures of five wickets for 48, but he did enjoy some easy victims at the end.

There were two wickets each for Wellington Masakadza and Prince Masvaure.

This left Southerns with an almost impossible target of 427 runs for victory – realistically they could now only play for pride and it was up to them to fight hard and at least last out the day.

Victor Nyauchi had other plans, though, as he opened the bowling with Tanaka Chivanga.

Masvaure and Maunze began the innings fairly comfortably with 18 runs on the board by the seventh over, Nyauchi’s fourth.

Then he struck for the first time, moving the ball in to trap Masvaure lbw for three.

His fifth over was disastrous for Southerns, as Craig Ervine, who had not scored, tried to glance his fourth ball down the leg side, and was shocked to be given out caught at the wicket.

Two balls later, Nyauchi moved the ball back in to beat the bat of Shumba, who was then adjudged to be lbw, with the score now 18 for three wickets – he had now dismissed three international batters within seven balls.

Tsiga came in next and, seeing a defensive innings in these circumstances was quite pointless, set about fighting hack with Maunze still at the other end.

Tsiga took a particular liking for the bowling of Steve Chimhamhiwa: in one over he hit him for three fours in four deliveries, and in his next for three successive fours, followed by a two and another four, the last boundary bringing him his fifty off only 43 balls.

Chimhamhiwa retired with figures of none for 41 in five overs, and Tsiga cooled down and played a more normal game against the other bowlers, while Maunze continued his steady innings.

Against expectations, the partnership continued to flourish, and by tea they had taken the score from 18 for three wickets to 141 for three – by this stage Maunze had 54 and Tsiga 75.

They took their partnership to 162 before Northerns finally claimed another wicket, as Tsiga, after looking good for a hundred, was out lbw to Madhevere for 95, with the score 180 for four wickets.

Mashinge came and went for one, but Brian Chari attacked the bowling to score 24 off 30 balls, with three sixes and a four, before Sikandar Raza was finally given a turn with the ball, and bowled him out; 223 for six.

This began another collapse, as Masakadza (3) and Ngarava (1) both fell quickly to Chisoro, so eight wickets were down for 228.

Maunze, running out of partners, knew he should accelerate to try to make sure of his century.

He hit Chisoro for two fours in succession, but was then caught off Raza for 94 – the fourth man of the day to fall just short of three figures.

With Richmond Mutumbami unable to bat due to injury, the match came to an end at this point.

Nyauchi with his early burst finished with figures of three wickets for 33, while the spinners Chisoro, Madhevere and Raza took two each.

Another bizarre statistic is that in this Southerns’ second innings, only three batters made scores of more than three, with the other eight batters scoring eight runs amongst them.

Unbeaten Madhevere-Madande stand puts Northerns firmly in charge

Northerns – 256 and 251-5 in 61 overs (Wessly Madhevere 85*, Clive Madande 74*, Sikandar Raza 36; Prince Masvaure 2/36, Wellington Masakadza 2/84, William Mashinge 1/33)

Southerns – 102 all out in 35.5 overs (Brian Chari 33, Richard Ngarava 19, Wellington Masakadza 16; Tanaka Chivanga 4/35, Steve Chimhamhiwa 3/32, Victor Nyauchi 2/23)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Northerns lead by 405 runs

An unbroken century partnership between Wessly Madhevere and Clive Madande took Northerns into a virtually unassailable position on Sunday in their regional match against Southerns at Harare Sports Club, after the latter had collapsed disastrously in the morning.

Southerns began the day at 33 for four wickets in reply to the Northerns first-innings score of 256, with Brian Chari on 14 and Wellington Masakadza on six.

The pair began well, but failed to finish the recovery job.

They managed to double the overnight score before they were parted, as Masakadza was caught at the wicket off Steve Chimhamhiwa for a very watchful innings of 16, scored off 53 balls.

Chari soon followed for 33, also caught off Chimhamhiwa, making the score 73 for six wickets.

This triggered another collapse, as four wickets fell for nine runs, so that nine wickets were actually down for only 82.

Fortunately for the team, Richard Ngarava at number 10 went for some bold hitting, striking four fours and making 19 before he was finally caught off Tanaka Chivanga.

The final total was 102, with the pace bowlers doing the most damage, apart from that which the batters inflicted on themselves.

Chivanga, who made inroads into the top order before stumps on day one, took four wickets for 35, while Chimhamhiwa, who destroyed the middle order this morning, had three for 32.

The third paceman, Victor Nyauchi, took two wickets for 23, and the spinners were scarcely needed, although Tendai Chisoro picked up a wicket in his three overs.

After their own poor batting, with the exception of Sikandar Raza, Northerns were no doubt delighted to bat a second time with a lead of 154 runs.

This did not prevent them from making another bad start, as Takudzwanashe Kaitano (6) was caught by Craig Ervine off William Mashinge for six, while Tanu Makoni was bowled by Masakadza for seven – both opening batters gone with 20 runs on the board.

Tadiwanashe Marumani did rather better at first, scoring 23 before he was bowled by Masakadza for 23; 49 for three wickets.

Raza showed what he thought of his team-mates’ efforts by stepping down the pitch to drive the second delivery he faced, from Masakadza, over long-on for six.

He played some risky strokes, but he raced to 36 off 40 balls, hitting three sixes and a four, before he was caught from another big hit to leg off Prince Masvaure.

The unfortunate Innocent Kaia again fell first ball, trapped lbw by Masvaure’s next delivery.

Meanwhile, Madhevere was playing a calm innings at the other end and he soon reached what was only the second fifty of the match off 90 balls.

His new partner was Madande, who played a positive, attractive game as Northerns took an ever stronger grip on this match.

Madande dominated the partnership with Madhevere, and raced to his fifty off 58 balls.

The pair stayed together, and by the close had more than doubled the score, adding 128 runs together to make the total 251 for five wickets: Madhevere finished with 85 and Madande with 74, and Northerns lead by 405 runs.

With three full days to go, a declaration is hardly likely, and they have the chance to fill their boots to their hearts’ content on Monday.

Sikandar Raza scored his seventh first-class century.

Raza’s superb century shores up Northerns innings in regional clash

Northerns – 256 all out in 65.5 overs (Sikandar Raza 131, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 34, Tendai Chisoro 20; William Mashinge 3/33, Richard Ngarava 3/50, Milton Shumba 1/59)

Southerns – 33-4 in 10 overs (Brian Chari 14*, Wellingon Masakadza 6*, Kudzai Maunze 5; Victor Nyauchi 2/10, Tanaka Chivanga 2/20)

Day 1 – Stumps: Southerns trail by 223 runs

A brilliant century from Sikandar Raza, the seventh of his first-class career, 134 out of a total of 256, lit up the first day of this regional five-day match between Northerns and Southerns at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

He was completely dominant as no other player could summon up a memorable batting performance during the innings.

The day’s play looked like petering out quietly, but there were some sensations in the last half-hour or so, as the Southerns top order collapsed.

Wessly Madhevere, captain of the Northerns team, had won the toss against Craig Ervine, captain of Southerns, and decided to bat.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano opened the innings with Tanu Makoni who scored only five before he was bowled by Richard Ngarava, opening the attack with Ernest Masuku.

Tadiwanashe Marumani came in next, but had scored only four when he was forced to retire hurt after he got hit by the ball in the groin area.

 

This brought in Madhevere, who batted with Kaitano until the latter was caught by Wellington Masakadza off William Mashinge for a positive 34, scored off 51 balls, with the score at 55 for two wickets.

From the moment he came in Raza went for his strokes freely and soon quite dominated the bowlers.

At 91, Madhevere left to a catch off Masakadza after scoring 17, and Innocent Kaia was ironically enough caught first ball by his cousin Roy Kaia, who was fielding as a substitute, off Ngarava.

Clive Madande scored 17, and on his dismissal the score was an unimpressive 128 for five wickets, with a man retired hurt.

There followed the big stand of the day, as Tendai Chisoro joined Raza at the crease.

Chisoro wisely played a supporting role as Raza continued to attack, reaching his fifty off 58 balls and continuing the assault for a century off 116 balls.

He brought up the landmarks in style, hitting Masakadza for six to pass 50 and then doing the same to Shumba to reach three figures.

They added 109 for the seventh wicket before Chisoro was caught off Shumba and only three balls later Raza, his concentration perhaps disturbed, was bowled by Ngarava for a superb 131.

He hit six sixes and 12 fours, and the score was now 237 for seven wickets.

The tail scored only a few runs and the innings closed for 256, which meant that Raza had scored more than half his team’s total.

Marumani was unable to return, so Northerns were all out although only nine wickets had actually fallen.

The pace bowlers were the most effective, with Ngarava taking three wickets for 50 runs and Mashinge three for 33.

Southerns went in to bat for 10 overs before the close of the day, and made a disastrous start, as Tanaka Chivanga and Victor Nyauchi turned on the heat.

In his second over, Chivanga struck two deadly blows, as he trapped Prince Masvaure lbw without scoring with his first ball, and with his last had Craig Ervine caught by Nyauchi for two – the score nine for two wickets.

Without further addition, Kudzai Maunze became the third batter to fall, caught at the wicket off Nyauchi for five, and Southerns were in deep trouble.

At 16, Shumba became the fourth man out, caught off Nyauchi for two.

Brian Chari and Masakadza saw out the day safely, and remarkably Chari hit the last ball to be bowled, from Chivanga, for six, to leave the final score at 33 for four wickets; Chari with 14 and Masakadza six.

Muchawaya was left not out with 43, scored off only 35 balls with a six and six fours – his effort showed that Mountaineers might well have achieved a draw if the middle order had only shown more determination.

Tuskers clinch Logan Cup after Rocks beat Mountaineers

Southern Rocks – 477 and 61-3 in 10.4 overs (Innocent Kaia 24, Tadiwanashe Marumani 12, Cephas Zhuwao 9; Wellington Masakadza 1/13, Victor Nyauchi 1/20, Tendai Chatara 1/24)

Mountaineers – 265 and (following on) 269 all out in 77.3 overs (Timycen Maruma 67, Tinashe Muchawaya 43*, Kevin Kasuza 30; Travor Mutsamba 4/65, Privilege Chesa 2/74, William Mashinge 1/16)

Southern Rocks won by seven wickets

Timycen Maruma fought a grand innings of 67 in over three hours for Mountaineers at Harare Sports Club on Monday, but it was not enough to prevent Southern Rocks from winning the match by seven wickets.

This means Tuskers – and not Mountaineers – are this season’s Logan Cup champions.

Mountaineers were 41 for no wicket in the follow-on overnight and needed to bat all day to earn five points for a draw that would have won them the first-class title.

The opening pair of Kevin Kasuza and Donald Tiripano took the score to 53 before both were out in quick succession.

Then came the period that virtually decided the match, as apart from Maruma the middle order put up a disappointing display of batting and six wickets were down for 122, with Travor Mutsamba doing most of the damage with four of them.

Shingi Masakadza gave some support, hitting well to score 27 off 36 balls, and Victor Nyauchi hit three fours off seven balls in his brief innings.

Maruma’s was the ninth wicket to fall, as he was caught at the wicket off Privilege Chesa for a gallant 67 off 106 balls, having hit 10 fours and a six.

The score was then 198 for nine wickets, still 14 runs short of saving the innings defeat.

However, there was a surprise to come, as the last Mountaineers pair, Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Muchawaya, with nothing to lose, decided to go down with all guns blazing and hit out boldly at the bowlers.

They scored a totally unexpected 71 runs together, the highest partnership of the innings.

It lasted only 12 overs, and when Chatara was finally caught and bowled by Tendai Chisoro for 25 off 46 balls, the score had reached 269.

Muchawaya was left not out with 43, scored off only 35 balls with a six and six fours – his effort showed that Mountaineers might well have achieved a draw if the middle order had only shown more determination.

Mutsamba finished with four valuable wickets for 65 runs as the best of the bowlers.

Rocks were set a target of 58 to win, and most of these were knocked off by the opening pair of Innocent Kaia with 24 and Tadiwanashe Marumani with 12.

Cephas Zhuwao hit a six, but was out for nine.

However, soon afterwards Tafadzwa Tsiga hit Wellington Masakadza for four to end the match in a seven-wicket victory for Rocks and send the Logan Cup to Bulawayo.

2021/22 LOGAN CUP POINTS TABLE

  • TEAM
  • Tuskers
  • Mountaineers
  • Rocks
  • Eagles
  • Rhinos
  • M
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • W
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • 1
  • L
  • 1
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • T
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • D
  • 3
  • 2
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • N/R
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • PT
  • 53*
  • 50
  • 40
  • 35
  • 20

 

* Tuskers were docked two points for slow over rate

Cuthbert Musoko bags fifer

Mountaineers face tough battle to save match after follow-on

Southern Rocks – 477 all out in 157.1 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 152, Tadiwanashe Marumani 93, William Mashinge 69; Wellington Masakadza 4/92, Tendai Chatara 3/61, Shingi Masakadza 1/22)

Mountaineers – 265 and (following on) 41-0 in 18.5 overs (Kevin Kasuza 21*, Donald Tiripano 16*)

Day 3 – Stumps: Mountaineers trail by 171 runs

A fine spell of bowling by Cuthbert Musoko on Sunday may well have cost Mountaineers the Logan Cup title.

Forced to follow on 212 runs behind Southern Rocks at Harare Sports Club, Mountaineers are now faced with a great fight for survival on the final day to secure the draw that would win them the first-class championship.

 

Mountaineers had finished day two in some difficulty at 51 for three wickets – the batters at the crease were Wellington Masakadza, who opened the innings and had 24, and Tony Munyonga with one.

Their first objective was to avoid the follow-on, for which they needed to score at least 328 in their first innings.

With steady batting, the pair set about retrieving the situation, wearing down the bowling and taking the score from 48 to 213 – a fourth-wicket partnership of 165.

At this point, they appeared to be well on their way to saving the follow-on, but then Munyonga, who had reached 95, his highest score in first-class cricket, was bowled by Privilege Chesa.

Four runs later, Masakadza followed him back to the pavilion for 72, caught at the wicket off Innocent Kaia.

Two balls later, Kevin Kasuza was lbw to Kaia without scoring and, when two more wickets fell quickly to Musoko, the score had reached 228 with eight wickets down – five wickets for only 15 runs.

Donald Tiripano had kept his wicket up, and now he was joined by Tendai Chatara, who helped him for a while with a few big hits in scoring 16 before Travor Mutsamba had him caught at 264.

 

Tiripano then took a single that exposed the last man, Tinashe Muchawaya, to the bowling, and Musoko immediately bowled him to end the innings at 265.

 

Tiripano was left stranded with 26.

Musoko finished with the excellent figures of five wickets for only 15 runs, in 14.2 overs.

The deficit of 212 runs on the first innings was a disaster for Mountaineers, undoing all the excellent work done by Masakadza and Munyonga.

Rocks enforced the follow-on, and Mountaineers this time opened their innings with Kasuza and Tiripano.

The pair stayed in together for almost 19 overs to score 41 runs without loss – at the close Kasuza had 21 and Tiripano 16.

But after that first-innings collapse, it will probably be all too late for Mountaineers unless they can really save the match in a style truly fitting for champions.

 

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Alliance Health Eagles – 169 and 231 all out in 72.5 overs (Will Fraine 85, Tinotenda Mutombodzi 47, Tinashe Nenhunzi 39; Mike Chinouya 4/48, Brandon Mavuta 3/69, Tafara Chingwara 2/41)

Rhinos – 162 and 81 all out in 26.3 overs (Ryan Burl 19, Remembrance Nyathi 18, Prince Masvaure 16; Brad Evans 3/25, Wessly Madhevere 2/19, Wishnanzy Chapfombo 1/1)

 

Alliance Health Eagles won by 157 runs

 

Alliance Health Eagles finished their disappointing Logan Cup campaign with what was ultimately a comfortable win over Rhinos at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday.

 

Mike Chinouya had however given Rhinos hope of pulling off an unexpected victory, as his four wickets bundled out the Eagles batters.

 

Unfortunately for him, his team’s own batters failed dismally to rise to the challenge, and Rhinos won the Logan Cup wooden spoon as they were tumbled out for just 81 runs, to lose the match by 157 runs.

Eagles began the day quite well-placed in their second innings, with a score of 171 for four wickets – Will Frayne was on 85 and Brad Evans two.

Chinouya removed both overnight batters before they had added to these scores, bowling Evans and dismissing Frayne lbw, to make the score 180 for six.

That they eventually totalled 231 was due almost entirely to a fighting innings of 47 by Tino Mutombodzi, scored off 52 balls.

The last four batters scored only seven runs between them, although Tanaka Chivanga deserves credit for supporting Mutombodzi in a ninth-wicket partnership of 32, to which he contributed six.

Chinouya, whose early wickets turned the innings around, finished with four for 48, while Brandon Mavuta took three wickets and Tafara Chingwara two.

Rhinos found themselves back in the game – apparently – with a target of 239 to chase.

Immediately they batted, though, just before lunch, they lost Takudzwanashe Kaitano, lbw to Richard Ngarava’s fifth delivery without a run on the board.

For a while all seemed to be proceeding well with the Rhinos innings, as Prince Masvaure and Ryan Burl batted steadily together and took the score to 39.

Then Masvaure retired hurt for 16 after suffering a concussion, and the whole pack of cards came crashing down, as Burl immediately followed, lbw to Chivanga for 19.

Remembrance Nyathi played some good strokes for a while to make 18, but the later batting was a shambles, with the last seven batters scarping only 21 runs between them without one reaching double figures.

In only 26.3 overs Rhinos tumbled to 81 all out and a defeat by 157 runs.

Evans took three wickets for 25, but in fact all six bowlers tried took at least one wicket.

Rhinos have finished bottom of the Logan Cup log.

Will Fraine led Alliance Health Eagles into a superior position against Rhinos on Saturday

Rocks leave Mountaineers needing Houdini act to claim title

Southern Rocks – 477 all out in 157.1 overs (Cephas Zhuwao 152, Tadiwanashe Marumani 93, William Mashinge 69; Wellington Masakadza 4/92, Tendai Chatara 3/61, Shingi Masakadza 1/22)

Mountaineers – 51-3 in 20 overs (Wellington Masakadza 24*, Joylord Gumbie 23, Tony Munyonga 1*; Cuthbert Musoko 2/3, Tendai Chisoro 1/12)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Mountaineers trail by 426 runs

 

A seventh-wicket partnership of 98 between William Mashinge and Tendai Chisoro virtually batted Mountaineers out of their Logan Cup match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday, giving Southern Rocks a monumental score of 477 in a first innings that lasted for most of two days.

Rocks played the long, hard game today, taking their score to a full total of 477, which was only completed after tea.

They began on 303 for four wickets – Roy Kaia had 24 and Tafadzwa Tsiga six.

Kaia was soon caught off Tendai Chatara for 25, while Tsiga played quite a fluent game to make 37 before Tinashe Muchawaya removed him at 345 for six.

But then came some more weary leather-chasing for the Mountaineers fieldsmen, as Mashinge and Chisoro settled in for a seventh-wicket partnership that eventually realised 98 runs.

Chisoro played a more attacking game, scoring 57 of those runs before he was bowled by Victor Nyauchi at 443.

Mashinge, despite the excellent position of his team, played a careful game, facing 203 balls to score his eventual 69 runs, and he was the last man out.

The last three wickets, all taken by Wellington Masakadza, all fell at 477, giving him innings figures of four for 92, off a marathon 49 overs.

Chatara in contrast was given only 17 overs, but took three for 61.

This big total left Mountaineers no option but to play for a draw – the five points will be enough to win them the Logan Cup if they can hold out for long enough.

They only had 20 overs to face before the close of play, and scored 51 for three wickets.

As if he had not had enough work to do, Masakadza was sent in to open the batting with Joylord Gumbie.

They put on 47 before Cuthbert Musoko had Gumbie lbw for 23, and then for only one more run Clive Chitumba (0) and Timycen Maruma (1) were out just before the close.

Masakadza was still there with 24 out of 51 for three, partnered now by Tony Munyonga with one.

 

As things stand, Mountaineers, who only have to avoid defeat to lift the Logan Cup, will need a Houdini act if they are to claim the first-class championship.

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Alliance Health Eagles – 169 and 171-4 in 56 overs (Will Fraine 85, Tinashe Nenhunzi 39, Kudzai Maunze 29; Mike Chinouya 2/18, Brandon Mavuta 2/61)

Rhinos – 162 all out in 58 overs (Prince Masvaure 48, Nyasha Mayavo 19*, Ryan Burl 18; Wessly Madhevere 3/26, Brad Evans 3/31, Richard Ngarava 3/38)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Alliance Health Eagles lead by 178 runs

 

Will Fraine led Alliance Health Eagles into a superior position against Rhinos on Saturday with a fine innings of 85 not out, as his team finished the day 178 runs ahead in the second innings with six wickets still in hand.

The day began with Rhinos on 81 for three wickets, Prince Masvaure on 36 and Remembrance Nyathi on two, in reply to 169 from Eagles.

Good batting should have taken them to a significant lead over Eagles, but they wasted their opportunity against good bowling, mainly from Richard Ngarava and Brad Evans.

Masvaure took his score to 48, but was then caught off Wessly Madhevere to make the score 102 for four wickets.

This sparked off a middle-order collapse.

 

Nyathi struggled to keep the score moving and was eventually caught off Ngarava for eight runs, for which he faced 78 balls and batted for 109 minutes.

Nyasha Mayavo stood firm, but Johnathan Campbell was out for six.

 

Evans then broke through the tail with three wickets in an over: he bowled Brandon Mavuta with his first delivery, had Ronald Masocha caught off his third and then Tafara Chingwara was caught at the wicket off the sixth.

The score was suddenly 131 for nine wickets, but after a long sequence of innings without scoring, Mike Chinouya finally found some runs and played a very useful innings of 11, including two fours.

Mayavo also began to play more positively, and in eight overs the pair added 31 runs for the last wicket.

When Chinouya was out to a return catch, Mayavo had 19 not out, but the total of 162 was still seven runs behind the Eagles score.

When Eagles batted again they quickly lost Kumbirayi Phiri, caught at the wicket off Chinouya for five.

Fraine made an enterprising start, though, and with a very solid Kudzai Maunze took the score to 92 before Maunze was out, lbw to Mavuta, for 29.

Wessly Madhevere made only five, but Tinashe Nenhunzi went after the bowling in exciting style, hitting up 39 off 34 balls, with a six and four fours, before being caught off Chinouya just before the close.

When play ended Eagles were in a potentially strong position at 171 for four – Fraine was still there with 86, while Evans had two.