Wessly Madhevere

Madhevere’s maiden first-class century props up Eagles innings

Rhinos – 282 and 53-0 in 11 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 25*, Prince Masvaure 22*)

Eagles – 315 all out in 75.2 overs (Wessly Madhevere 111, Chamu Chibhabha 45, Keith Jaure 44; Johnathan Campbell 3/64, Brandon Mavuta 3/108, Carl Mumba 2/28)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Rhinos lead by 20 runs

 

Wessly Madhevere celebrated his maiden first-class century at a most valuable time for Eagles as he rescued his team from quite a difficult position in the middle order in their Logan Cup match against Rhinos at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

Thanks to his effort, by the close of play the game was very evenly balanced.

Day two opened with the start of the Eagles innings after they dismissed Rhinos for 282 on Thursday.

Carl Mumba, having shown his batting skill, now shone with the ball, and in his second over he trapped Gareth Chirawu lbw for two, with a total of nine runs on the board.

In his next over, he took the vital wicket of Kudzai Maunze, bowling him for 15, and Eagles were in trouble now at 23 for two wickets.

More trouble was to follow, as first Regis Chakabva, who had tried to anchor the innings, was caught off Brandon Mavuta for a cautious six, and in the next over the new man, Tino Mutombodzi, was lbw to Kuda Macheka for two – Eagles were now 57 for four wickets.

 

Afterwards they began to rebuild their innings, initially through the positive batting of their captain, Chamu Chibhabha, who scored a valuable 45 before being bowled by Tafara Chingwara at 91 for five.

The improvement continued, as Madhevere rose to the occasion, playing his strokes without being daunted by the situation, and he found another good partner in Tinashe Kamunhukamwe.

Together they added 65 runs for the sixth wicket, before Kamunhukamwe was caught at the wicket off Johnathan Campbell for 34 with the score 156.

Madhevere was now the only recognised batsman left, but Keith Jaure caused a surprise by batting in fine form from the start, while Madhevere sailed past what was his first fifty in a first-class match.

Runs now flowed freely, and it was a wonderful moment when soon after tea Madhevere was able to celebrate his century, a fine fluent innings with the landmark reached after facing 130 balls.

He then lost Jaure, caught off Campbell for 44 after a partnership of 115, and was finally caught himself off Mavuta for 111, after facing 151 balls and hitting a six and 13 fours.

 

The scoreboard now read 281 for eight, just one run behind the Rhinos total.

Tanaka Chivanga scored four as Eagles took the lead, and then the last pair of Tapiwa Mufudza (23 not out) and Richard Ngarava (13) shared a very useful last-wicket stand of 29 before the innings came to an end at 315.

Campbell with three wickets for 64 returned the best bowling figures, while Mavuta also took three wickets that cost 108 runs off 22.2 overs.

Rhinos went in to bat again for the vital third innings of the match, 33 runs in arrears.

They made an excellent start, with Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Prince Masvaure taking the initiative from the start and bringing up the 50 without loss in the ninth over.

They had reached 53 by the close, with Kaitano on 25 and Masvaure 22.

 

Rhinos were now 20 runs ahead with all their wickets in hand, and the match is in an intriguingly balanced position.

 

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Southern Rocks – 355 all out in 98.5 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 156, Roy Kaia 103*, Sikandar Raza 43; Ernest Masuku 6/91, Steve Chimhamhiwa 2/63, Luke Jongwe 1/45)

Tuskers – 214-8 in 71 overs (Nkosana Mpofu 50, Clive Madande 43*, Craig Ervine 31; Tendai Chisoro 3/33, Sikandar Raza 2/56, Travor Mutsamba 1/50)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Tuskers trail by 141 runs

 

Richmond Mutumbami passed his previous highest first-class score while Roy Kaia also completed a fine century for Southern Rocks on the second day of their Logan Cup match against Tuskers at Takashinga Sports Club on Friday.

 

Rocks began the day on their overnight score of 310 for six wickets, with Kaia on 76 and Mutumbami 144.

Mutumbami soon passed 150, his previous best first-class score, and went on to make 156, at which mark he was caught at the wicket by Clive Madande, the new Tuskers wicketkeeper, off Steve Chimhamhiwa, having faced altogether 196 balls and hit three sixes and 24 fours.

His partnership with Kaia had put on 204 for the seventh wicket, the second-highest stand for this wicket by any Zimbabwean pair, behind only the 261 by Alistair Campbell and Paul Strang for the Zimbabweans on tour in 1997/98, against the New Zealand provincial side Canterbury.

The innings was then quickly finished off by Chimhamhiwa and Ernest Masuku, with the last three batsmen all falling quickly and the final total was 355.

With the last man at the crease, Kaia was on 97 and in danger of missing out on his century, but he took his courage in his hands to hit Masuku for six to reach his third first-class century before the last wicket fell.

He finished with 103 not out, a wonderful return to form for him, facing 208 balls and hitting the one six and 17 fours.

Tuskers had a large score to chase, and they opened with Nkosana Mpofu and Tanu Makoni.

They took the score to 41 before Makoni was stumped off Travor Mutsamba for eight.

Craig Ervine was in aggressive mood, and from the start of his innings he hit the loose ball powerfully until, with 31 to his account, he edged a catch to Mutumbami behind the wicket off George Matanga to make the score 85 for two wickets.

Mpofu reached a valuable 50, but was then immediately run out after facing 113 balls – 106 for three wickets.

Brian Chari tried to take charge of the bowling, but was lbw to Sikandar Raza for an aggressive 25.

Luke Jongwe also fell lbw to Raza, for 11, while Allan Chigoma batted doggedly for 18 off 57 balls before being caught off Tendai Chisoro.

Tuskers were now in some difficulty at 164 for six with all their specialist batsmen gone, and at 179 Ainsley Ndlovu also went, lbw to Chisoro without scoring.

However, Madande proved the man for the situation as he played a fine innings, finishing with 43 not out at the close.

Chimhamhiwa was in with him, his score on eight, and the total was 214 for eight wickets, with Tuskers still 141 runs behind.

Mutumbami reached his century off 138 balls and was still good for more, while Kaia played an excellent supporting role.

Mutumbami’s fine century puts Rocks in driver’s seat

Southern Rocks – 310-6 in 84 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 144*, Roy Kaia 76*, Sikandar Raza 43; Ernest Masuku 4/64, Luke Jongwe 1/45, Charlton Tshuma 1/56)

Tuskers –

 

Day 1 – Stumps

 

Richmond Mutumbami found his best batting form for Southern Rocks against Tuskers in their Logan Cup match at Takashinga Sports Club on Thursday, hitting his fifth first-class career century.

 

Rocks were put in to bat and lost their first three wickets quickly, only to recover under the influence of Mutumbami, partnered first by Sikandar Raza and then by Roy Kaia.

 

At the close they had reached the fine score of 310 for six wickets, with the partnership between Mutumbami and Kaia having put on 182 runs for the seventh wicket without being broken.

 

Brian Mudzinganyama and Tafadzwa Tsiga opened the batting for Rocks, but put 15 runs on the board before Charlton Tshuma trapped Tsiga lbw for five.

 

Tadiwanashe Marumani scored nine before being caught off Ernest Masuku, and immediately afterwards Mudzinganyama fell to Luke Jongwe for 20, reducing Rocks to 38 for three wickets.

 

Then with the score at 50, Kaia was forced to retire hurt, which brought in Mutumbami to join Raza.

 

The pair responded to the difficult situation with some positive batting, Raza playing a fine innings of 43 off 70 balls before being caught off Masuku – the partnership had added 74 together and the score was 124 for four.

 

However, Masuku was in the middle of a golden spell, and he quickly followed by bowling Cephas Zhuwao and then dismissing William Mashinge first ball, leaving Rocks in sudden trouble at 128 for six wickets.

 

At this point Kaia returned, and stayed in with Mutumbami, who batted with increasing confidence.

 

The score mounted steadily and the Tuskers bowlers were unable to break through again.

 

Mutumbami reached his century off 138 balls and was still good for more, while Kaia played an excellent supporting role.

 

Both were still there at the close, 310 for six wickets, with Kaia on 76 and Mutumbami now on 144, within easy reach of his highest first-class score of 150.

 

Masuku was the most successful bowler as he finished the day with four wickets for 64 runs, while Jongwe and Tshuma claimed one wicket apiece.

 

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Rhinos – 282 all out in 87.2 overs (Charles Kunje 73, Carl Mumba 45, Remembrance Nyathi 31; Tapiwa Mufudza 3/48, Richard Ngarava 2/49, Keith Jaure 2/50)

Eagles – 

 

Day 1 – Stumps

 

A fighting innings of 73 from Charles Kunje rescued Rhinos from a top-order batting slump in their Logan Cup match against Eagles at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

 

His innings started a revival of the middle order which led eventually to a total of 282 all out at the close of play.

 

It almost invariably seems to happen that whenever Eagles play at Harare Sports Club, they win the toss and put their opponents in to bat, and this happened again today.

 

Rhinos did not make a convincing start, as Takudzwanashe Kaitano struggled to score five out of 16 runs on the board before he was caught at the wicket by Regis Chakabva off the bowling of Richard Ngarava.

 

Prince Masvaure had little more success, making 17 and then being dismissed lbw by Keith Jaure, with the score on 33 for two wickets.

 

This soon became 43 for three, as Bright Matsiwe failed to score, caught at the wicket off Jaure.

 

Remembrance Nyathi, captaining his team for this match with Tarisai Musakanda not playing, took a positive approach in scoring a brisk 31 off 46 balls, in partnership with Kunje, before he was bowled by Tino Mutombodzi – 87 for four wickets.

 

Nyasha Mayavo scored 11 before he was bowled by Tapiwa Mufudza, and at 119 for five Rhinos were in some trouble.

 

However, Kunje was still there, playing a very cautious game at first, and a better partnership now developed with Johnathan Campbell.

 

The situation began to look considerably better for Rhinos as they added 58 together, the best partnership of the innings so far, but then Kunje, after a fine determined innings of 73, became another wicket-keeping scalp for Chakabva off Ngarava; 177 for six.

 

Carl Mumba decided immediately to stamp his authority on the game, hitting Ngarava for two fours in the same over as he came in to bat, and continued to attack.

 

After a few overs he launched a full-blooded assault on the bowling of Jaure, hitting him for a four and two sixes off successive balls.

 

He went on to score 45 out of his partnership of 53 with Campbell, off 32 balls, before he was caught by Tanaka Chivanga off Mufudza – the score was now 230 for seven wickets.

 

Campbell followed him out, lbw to Wessly Madhevere, without a run being added, having scored a solid 29 off 83 balls.

 

Mufudza dismissed Brandon Mavuta lbw for eight, and then followed a tenacious last-wicket partnership of 42 between Tafara Chingwara and Kudakwashe Macheka.

 

Chingwara attacked the bowling well to score 24 not out, while Macheka, cautious at first, played some strokes as well to make 15 before Chakabva took another catch at the wicket off the bowling of Chivanga to end the innings at 282.

 

The best figures among the bowlers were three for 48 by Mufudza, while Ngarava and Jaure both took two wickets.

Mountaineers began the day on 213 for seven wickets in their second innings, needing their last three wickets to score another 103 runs for an unlikely victory.

Rhinos get season off to great start with victory over Mountaineers

Rhinos – 290 and 184 all out in 62 overs (Prince Masvaure 40, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 30, Brandon Mavuta 28*; Brighton Chipungu 5/58, Wellington Masakadza 2/44, Tendai Chatara 2/44)

Mountaineers – 159 and 248 all out in 72 overs (Tony Munyonga 90, Victor Nyauchi 37, Kevin Kasuza 22; Ryan Burl 4/82, Brandon Mavuta 3/98, Tafara Chingwara 2/21)

Rhinos won by 67 runs

Despite a heroic innings of 90 from Tony Munyonga, Mountaineers went down to Rhinos by 67 runs in their Logan Cup match at Harare Sports Club on Monday morning.

Mountaineers began the day on 213 for seven wickets in their second innings, needing their last three wickets to score another 103 runs for an unlikely victory.

Munyonga was still batting with 71, partnered by Victor Nyauchi with 29, and their partnership had already added 64 runs.

The pair began the morning steadily, but in the fourth over Munyonga went after the bowling of Brandon Mavuta and scored 13 off an over from him, including a six and a four.

In Mavuta’s next over, Nyauchi decided to join the party and hit him for a four, taking the score to 240.

But then Mavuta struck back, as Nyauchi hit the next delivery to be caught by Takudzwanashe Kaitano, and the great partnership was broken.

They put on 91 runs together, of which Nyauchi had made 37.

The end then came quickly, as in the next over Munyonga, possibly having his concentration broken by the loss of his partner, was out lbw to Ryan Burl for 90, his highest first-class score.

It was a magnificent fighting innings, lasting over three-and-a-half hours as he faced 157 balls and hit four sixes and six fours.

At 241 for nine and the last two men in, Mountaineers were now doomed to defeat.

Tendai Chatara scored six runs quickly, but the last man, Brighton Chipungu, was soon out lbw to Prince Masvaure without scoring and the match was over after about half-an-hour’s play this morning.

Again the spin bowlers enjoyed the most success, with Burl taking four wickets for 82 runs and Mavuta three for 98, while the seamer Tafara Chingwara took two wickets.

File Pic: Alliance Health Eagles won by an innings and 56 runs.

Alliance Health Eagles romp to innings victory in Logan Cup opener

Southern Rocks – 203 and 148 all out in 53 overs (Sikandar Raza 68, William Mashinge 50*, Richmond Mutumbami 7; Tanaka Chivanga 6/38, Richard Ngarava 2/25, Tino Mutombodzi 2/33)

Alliance Health Eagles – 407 all out in 84.5 overs (Kudzai Maunze 183, Brad Evans 66, Tino Mutombodzi 34; Travor Mutsamba 5/81, William Mashinge 2/82, Sikandar Raza 1/56)

 

Alliance Health Eagles won by an innings and 56 runs

Alliance Health Eagles thrashed reigning Logan Cup champions Southern Rocks inside three days as they got their 2021/22 season off to a flyer at Takashinga on Sunday.

 

Although Sikandar Raza and William Mashinge both scored fighting fifties for Rocks, their team-mates crumbled so badly against fine pace bowling from Tanaka Chivanga that soon after lunch Eagles completed a handsome victory by an innings and 56 runs.

 

Rocks, 204 behind on the first innings, began the third day deep in trouble at 23 for three wickets in their second innings, with Raza on 14 and Roy Kaia one.

Kaia, whose one run took him 23 balls, was out with only a single added, bowled by Chivanga.

His cousin Innocent Kaia, who retired hurt with a knee injury in the first innings, tried to bat for his team, but he was quickly caught by Regis Chakabva without scoring.

Richmond Mutumbami, so often a tower of strength for Rocks in their first Logan Cup seasons about 10 years ago, scored only seven today, caught by Kudzai Maunze off Chivanga.

The fast bowler had thus taken three vital early wickets and Rocks faced disaster at 40 for six wickets.

Raza refused to surrender, though, and he quickly found a worthy partner in Mashinge.

The pair knuckled down and fought it out with the rampant Eagles bowlers, and successfully saw off Chivanga when he had to rest.

For almost two hours Raza and Mashinge defied the bowlers, playing a wise game of positive play rather than the fruitless dour defence of other early batsmen.

They added 96 together, with Raza reaching a fine fifty off 97 balls, before he was finally caught by Richard Ngarava off the leg-spin of Tino Mutombodzi for a gallant 68.

He made his runs off 115 balls in just over three hours, hitting two sixes and six fours.

 

Rocks were now 136 for seven.

Chivanga came back to polish off the tail, and quickly removed Tendai Chisoro for one and Cuthbert Musoko for five.

Mashinge had just time to reach his fifty before the last man, Travor Mutsamba, was caught off Mutombodzi with the total 148.

Mashinge walked from the field unbeaten for exactly 50, scored off 99 balls with four fours – only he and Raza of the whole team reached double figures, the next-best innings being Mutumbami’s seven.

Chivanga returned his best first-class bowling figures with six wickets for 38 runs in 17 overs, while Mutombodzi took two wickets.

Eagles looked a very competent team in this match, especially with Chivanga in such fine form, while Rocks will need to do some self-examination if they are to have a chance of retaining their title this season.

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Rhinos – 290 and 184 all out in 62 overs (Prince Masvaure 40, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 30, Brandon Mavuta 28*; Brighton Chipungu 5/58, Wellington Masakadza 2/44, Tendai Chatara 2/44)

Mountaineers – 159 and 213-7 in 63 overs (Tony Munyonga 71*, Victor Nyauchi 29*, Kevin Kasuza 22; Ryan Burl 3/77, Tafara Chingwara 2/21, Brandon Mavuta 2/76)

 

Day 3 – Stumps: Mountaineers need 103 runs

An unexpected fightback by Tony Munyonga and Victor Nyauchi has taken the match between their side Mountaineers and Rhinos at Harare Sports Club into the fourth day.

Rhinos began the day with a score of 126 for five wickets in their first innings, an overall lead of 257 runs over Mountaineers – the overnight batsmen were Tarisai Musakanda with 19 and Nyasha Mayavo with nine.

With plenty of time in hand, they would naturally be looking to build as big a total as possible to play Mountaineers completely out of the game, but they did not bat particularly well.

Musakanda added only a single before Tendai Chatara had him caught at the wicket, while Carl Mumba this time scored only five before being caught off Wellington Masakadza, who then trapped Mayavo lbw for nine.

With Chatara having Tafara Chingwara caught at the wicket without scoring, nine wickets were down for 135 – four wickets for nine runs only this morning, and Rhinos’ lead only 266.

It was a great relief for Rhinos that their last pair came to the rescue, as Kudakwashe Macheka, who showed in his first innings that he is no rabbit with the bat, joined Brandon Mavuta in a fighting partnership.

The two played positive cricket and attacked the bowling with discrimination as they put on a very valuable 49 runs for the last wicket in 12 overs before Donald Tiripano finally broke the stand by removing Macheka for 23.

Mavuta played well to finish on 28 not out – the total was now 184 and Mountaineers had to score 316 to win, the highest total of the match and a much more difficult task before the last pair had effected their rescue act.

The leg-spinner Brighton Chipungu, who bowled so well on day two, finished with the figures of five wickets for 58 runs, while Chatara and Wellington Masakadza took two each.

Mountaineers made an unconvincing start to their second innings, losing Joylord Gumbie in the fourth over, caught by Ryan Burl off Chingwara for 10, with the score 13, and at 27 Gary Chirimuuta also fell to a catch off Chingwara.

Kevin Kasuza played solidly to score 22 before the spinners came on and Burl had him caught, while Mavuta bowled out Timycen Maruma for 21 and then had Shingi Masakadza out lbw for 10.

This left Mountaineers struggling on 87 for five wickets and seemingly doomed to a three-day defeat.

However, Munyonga, a man with a sound temperament, was still there and had support in turn from Tiripano (21) and Wellington Masakadza (15).

Burl dismissed them both, and when Masakadza was out at 149 for seven, there were only three tail-enders to come in to join Munyonga.

But there was a surprise to come, as Nyauchi hung in with Munyonga, and the pair defied the Rhinos attack for about an hour.

They boosted the score to 213 for seven wickets, both missing no opportunity to score but without batting recklessly.

At this point the light was deteriorating, and the players were forced to leave the field early, with the partnership now worth 64 runs.

They will have to return for the fourth day on Monday, with Rhinos very likely to complete their victory, but Mountaineers have still been left with a glimmer of hope – they need another 103 runs with three wickets left.

A magnificent innings of 183 by Kudzai Maunze, the highest of his career, was the main factor in Alliance Health Eagles taking a strong grip on their match against the reigning Logan Cup champions, Southern Rocks, at Takashinga Sports Club on Saturday.

Maunze’s career-best 183 leaves champions’ hopes on the Rocks

Southern Rocks – 203 and 23-3 in 13 overs (Sikandar Raza 14*, Brian Mudzinganyama 4, Roy Kaia 1*; Richard Ngarava 2/17, Tanaka Chivanga 1/1)

Alliance Health Eagles – 407 all out in 84.5 overs (Kudzai Maunze 183, Brad Evans 66, Tino Mutombodzi 34; Travor Mutsamba 5/81, William Mashinge 2/82, Sikandar Raza 1/56)

Day 2 – Stumps: Southern Rocks trail by 181 runs

A magnificent innings of 183 by Kudzai Maunze, the highest of his career, was the main factor in Alliance Health Eagles taking a strong grip on their match against the reigning Logan Cup champions, Southern Rocks, at Takashinga Sports Club on Saturday.

At the start of play Eagles were 60 for one wicket in reply to Rocks’ first-innings score of 203, with Maunze on 43 and Regis Chakabva on nine.

They took the score to 92, with Maunze the dominant partner, before Chakabva was caught by Richmond Mutumbami off the bowling of Travor Mutsamba for 24.

Mutsamba quickly bowled the Eagles captain, Chamu Chibhabha, for one, but Tino Mutombodzi played well to score 34 off 38 balls and take the score to 169 before he was caught by Tafadzwa Tsiga at the wicket off Sikandar Raza.

Wessly Madhevere proved another useful partner for Maunze, taking the score to 195 for four at lunch, when he had 17 and Maunze 108, having reached a stroke-filled century off just 101 balls.

At 209 Madhevere (23) was caught off William Mashinge, who also bowled Tinashe Kamunhukamwe for six, but then followed the biggest partnership of the innings as Brad Evans joined Maunze and the pair added 125 for the seventh wicket.

Evans wisely tempered his usual attacking style to support Maunze, who continued to plunder the bowling, moving past his previous highest first-class score of 150 not out.

At tea the score had reached 320 for six wickets, with Maunze on 180 and Evans 35.

Maunze could not get going again after tea, and was finally caught off Tendai Chisoro for 183.

He faced 211 balls in almost five-and-a-half hours, hitting 24 fours and three sixes, a magnificent innings.

For most of it he scored at virtually a run a ball, but seemed to tire somewhat towards the end.

Evans by now had started to attack the bowling more, and he made 66 off 91 balls, with two sixes and eight fours, before being caught off Mutsamba.

Tapiwa Mufudza made a useful 11, and then some powerful hitting by Tanaka Chivanga (26 not out), aided by Richard Ngarava (8), added a useful 32 for the last wicket and took the score past 400.

The eventual score was 407, slightly over double Rocks’ first-innings total, and therefore a big lead of 204 on the innings.

Mutsamba was the most successful bowler, taking five wickets for 81 runs, while Mashinge had two scalps.

Rocks had to begin their heavy task without the injured Innocent Kaia, and the success of the first innings, Tsiga, took his place at the top of the order with Brian Mudzinganyama.

Having to bat again immediately after keeping wicket for most of the day may have been too much for Tsiga, who was caught off Chivanga without scoring in the second over of the innings.

Brian Mudzinganyama and Tadiwanashe Marumani decided to dig in with great caution, but this soon proved to be bad policy, as it allowed the bowlers to get on top.

The score was only six in the seventh over when Mudzinganyama (4 off 19 balls) was caught by Chakabva off Ngarava, and three balls later Marumani, who faced 17 balls without scoring, was also caught off the same bowler, leaving Rocks reeling at seven for three wickets.

The more experienced Roy Kaia and Raza were now at the crease, with the latter hitting Ngarava for two successive fours.

They finished the day with one and 14 respectively, the score being 23 for three.

Still 181 runs in arrears, Rocks are going to have to stage a fightback worthy of champions if they are not to suffer defeat in three days.

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Rhinos – 290 and 126-5 in 42 overs (Prince Masvaure 40, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 30, Tarisai Musakanda 19*; Brighton Chipungu 5/49)

Mountaineers – 159 all out in 50.3 overs (Wellington Masakadza 42, Tendai Chatara 35, Joylord Gumbie 33; Brandon Mavuta 5/67, Ryan Burl 4/34, Kudakwashe Macheka 1/14)

Day 2 – Stumps: Rhinos lead by 257 runs

In the other match at Harare Sports Club, the excellent spin bowling of Brandon Mavuta and Ryan Burl shattered the Mountaineers middle order and led to Rhinos taking a big advantage on the first innings.

Mountaineers began the day on 24 without loss against Rhinos’ score of 290 all out, with Joylord Gumbie on 15 and Kevin Kasuza four.

They made quite a good start, taking the score to 45 before Kasuza went for a big hit to leg off the leg-spinner Mavuta, only to be caught by Prince Masvaure.

The pre-lunch session may well turn out to be the decisive period of the match, as the Mountaineers top-order batting collapsed to the spinners.

Gary Chirimuuta fell to Kudakwashe Macheka for one, and then Mavuta had Timycen Maruma out lbw for eight.

Burl replaced Macheka, and in quick succession had Tony Munyonga (7) and Shingi Masakadza (0) caught by Tarisai Musakanda at slip – in fact, four of the six wickets to fall for 74 before lunch were to slip catches, two taken by Burl himself.

Gumbie was out caught by Burl off Mavuta for 33 in the last over before lunch, and Mountaineers were in deep trouble.

Donald Tiripano (2) fell after the break, caught off a skyer by Charles Kunje off Burl, and when Mavuta bowled Nyauchi for four Mountaineers were in deep trouble at 89 for eight wickets.

They needed to score 141 to avoid the possibility of being required to follow on, although Rhinos may well not have wanted to do so in the circumstances.

Wellington Masakadza was still there, and there came a welcome surprise for the beleaguered Mountaineers, as Tendai Chatara proved unexpectedly stubborn at No 10.

The pair began with care, but later started to attack the bowling with far more discrimination than some of their predecessors had shown.

They added 70 runs for the ninth wicket in just under an hour before Mavuta and Burl returned to dismiss them both in quick succession with the score on 159.

Rhinos thus gained a first-innings lead of 131 runs.

Mavuta had taken five wickets for 67 runs and Burl four for 34.

Rhinos enjoyed a fine start to their second innings, as Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Prince Masvaure put on 69 for the first wicket before another leg-spinner, Brighton Chipungu, came on and turned the innings, if not the match.

He had Kaitano caught for 30 and Masvaure for 40, quickly followed by Burl for one, to make it three wickets down for 85.

At 97 he moved Remembrance Nyathi lbw for 10, and then had Kunje caught at the wicket for 12, making the score now a less certain 100 for five wickets.

Before the close, though, Nyasha Mayavo (9 not out) and Musakanda (19 not out) had put on some useful runs, enabling Rhinos to reach 126 for five wickets.

Rhinos are now 257 runs ahead and still have five wickets in hand, so they are very much in the driver’s seat.

First day of the season produces four fifties in Logan Cup action

Southern Rocks – 203 all out in 65.2 overs (Tafadzwa Tsiga 67, Richmond Mutumbami 20, William Mashinge 17; Brad Evans 4/45, Tinotenda Mutombodzi 2/31, Richard Ngarava 1/33)

Alliance Health Eagles – 60-1 in 16 overs (Kudzai Maunze 43*, Regis Chakabva 9*, Gareth Chirawu 1; Cuthbert Musoko 1/12)

 

Day 1 – Stumps: Alliance Health Eagles trail by 143 runs

Tafadzwa Tsiga played a sturdy innings of 67 to bolster Logan Cup champions Southern Rocks after they made a poor start to their first innings against Alliance Health Eagles at Takashinga Sports Club in Harare on Friday.

Richard Ngarava and Brad Evans opened the bowling for Alliance Health Eagles after Rocks decided to bat first, and soon had the champions in trouble.

Brian Mudzinganyama was the first man to go, bowled by Ngarava for 11 with the score at 21.

Then Evans quickly removed Tadiwanashe Marumani and Roy Kaia, both lbw to him for five runs each, to leave Rocks reeling at 32 for three.

Worse was to happen as the opening batsman Innocent Kaia suffered a left-knee injury with the score at 51 and had to retire.

Sikandar Raza and Richmond Mutumbami applied their experience in a useful partnership, taking the score to 69 for three at lunch.

Afterwards, though, in quick succession Tapiwa Mufudza removed Mutumbami lbw for 20 and Evans picked up a return catch to dismiss Raza for an uncharacteristically slow 11.

This was when Tsiga stepped in, ably supported for a while by William Mashinge – they added 68 together before Mashinge was bowled by Tino Mutombodzi for 17.

Tsiga continued to bat well with Tendai Chisoro, who made an aggressive 14 with three fours, and at tea they had reached 160 for six wickets.

Tanaka Chivanga had Chisoro caught at the wicket for 14 and then Mutombodzi trapped Tsiga lbw for a fine 67, but the score was now 179 for eight.

Innocent Kaia returned and Cuthbert Musoko gave him good support to see the score past 200 before Evans had the latter caught for 12.

The innings closed for 203, after Innocent Kaia retired hurt again as his knee continued to give him problems, having made 21.

Evans took the main bowling honours with four wickets for 45 runs, while Mutombodzi took two for 31 and the other three bowlers used had a wicket each.

Alliance Health Eagles went in to bat and soon lost Gareth Chirawu, caught off Musoko for one.

However, Kudzai Maunze was in fine batting form and went for his strokes in good style, scoring 43 not out off 44 balls, with eight fours, before the close.

His partner was Regis Chakabva, nine not out, and Alliance Health Eagles finished the day on 60 for one wicket.

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Rhinos – 290 all out in 83 overs (Takudzwanashe Kaitano 68, Ryan Burl 57, Carl Mumba 55; Wellington Masakadza 4/73, Donald Tiripano 3/50, Tony Munyonga 1/14)

Mountaineers – 24-0 in 5 overs (Joylord Gumbie 15*, Kevin Kasuza 4*)

 

Day 1 – Stumps: Mountaineers trail by 266 runs

At Harare Sports Club, Takudzwanashe Kaitano gave Rhinos a fine start with an attacking innings of 68 as they scored 290 against Mountaineers.

Mountaineers, who had put Rhinos in to bat, opened with their international pace pair of Tendai Chatara and Victor Nyauchi.

They held no terrors for Kaitano, who took the initiative with a series of boundaries, and was given good support by Prince Masvaure at the other end.

Masvaure made 22 of the opening partnership of 78 in 20.4 overs before he was caught by Nyauchi off the bowling of Donald Tiripano for 22.

Tarisai Musakanda came in and at lunch Rhinos were going well at 110 for one, with Kaitano on 68 and Musakanda 17.

Mountaineers fought back well in the afternoon, though, and with the very first delivery bowled after lunch Chatara removed Kaitano lbw.

In quick succession Nyauchi had Charles Kunje caught at the wicket for four, while Musakanda was caught and bowled for 31 by Wellington Masakadza, who then had Remembrance Nyathi lbw for four and bowled Nyasha Mayavo second ball without scoring.

The position was now reversed as Rhinos were reduced to 156 for six wickets, but then Ryan Burl and Carl Mumba made a gallant fightback.

Mumba, continuing his batting improvement of last season, hit out boldly to score 55 off 47 balls, with three sixes and five fours, before being caught off Tony Munyonga with the score at 222.

Burl had batted quietly while Mumba attacked, but now he began to bat with more aggression, reaching his own fifty before Tiripano bowled him for 57.

The innings came to a lively end as Kudakwashe Macheka, the last man, hammered 20 runs off 12 balls with a six and three fours before Tiripano had him lbw to end the innings for 290.

Wellington Masakadza returned the best bowling figures with four wickets for 73, while Tiripano took three for 50.

Mountaineers had five overs to bat before the close, when they scored 24 runs without loss – Joylord Gumbie hit three fours to finish on 14 while the captain Kevin Kasuza had four.

Alliance Health general manager Millicent Banda (L) and Eagles general manager Wonder Chisango (R)

Eagles rebrand after securing naming rights deal

One of Zimbabwe’s first-class provincial teams, Eagles, have received a major boost ahead of the 2021/22 domestic cricket season after securing an historic naming rights deal with local health insurance company Alliance Health.

 

The US$19 000 agreement will see the side – which represents the Harare Metropolitan and Mashonaland Central provinces – going by the name Alliance Health Eagles.

 

This is the first time in the history of cricket in Zimbabwe to have a local team entering a naming rights deal.

 

Speaking at a colourful ceremony held to unveil the sponsorship agreement at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, Alliance Health general manager Millicent Banda said: “Cricket has a special place in the hearts of many Zimbabweans (and) it is important that as business entities we take a keen interest in and provide support to our local sports teams.

 

“Our relationship with Eagles started last year with the sponsorship of the team’s travel kit.

 

“The Eagles squad played well over the past year, with several players currently feeding into the Zimbabwe national cricket team.

 

“So, the ripple effect of our involvement with the Eagles squad goes deeper than just the province.

 

“We have seen the opportunity to service the community and develop the next generation of talented cricketers.

 

“By aligning our brand with the Eagles squad, we are confident in the abilities of this elite team.

 

“We foresee a long stay on the crease for Alliance Health Eagles, hitting more fours and sixes, bringing a lot more opportunities for exposure for both brands.”

 

Eagles general manager Wonder Chisango welcomed the sponsorship as a massive boost for their male and female teams ahead of the 2021/22 domestic season which gets underway this Friday.

 

“We have exciting times ahead, as we are rebranding and renaming ourselves after Alliance Health came on board with a nice, sweet deal for us,” he said.

 

“You can look forward to trophies, trophies and more trophies as we have a solid squad this year – a mixture of senior and junior players.”

 

Several first-team players, among them Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Tapiwa Mufudza, Richard Ngarava, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Faraz Akram, Precious Marange and Modester Mupachikwa, attended the unveiling ceremony.

 

“It is a big boost for us as players ahead of the season. We are looking forward to a really good season and it is always appreciated when a big company like Alliance Health comes on board,” Chakabva said.

 

“It gives a lot of confidence to us as players and we look forward to donning their name of our playing shirts.”