Akram triggers Rocks collapse, Madande leads Tuskers charge

Southern Rocks – 114 all out in 24.1 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 44, Cephas Zhuwao 39, Ben Curran 9; Matt Parkinson 5/26, Faraz Akram 3/18, Munashe Chipara 1/13)

Eagles – 198-4 in 47 overs (Larvet Masunda 76, Tadiwanashe Marumani 73, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 21; William Mashinge 2/34, Sydney Murombo 1/27, Roy Kaia 1/49)

 

Day 1 – Stumps: Eagles lead by 84 runs

A superb opening spell of bowling by Faraz Akram for Eagles dealt the Southern Rocks top order a deadly blow from which they could never recover on the first day of their Logan Cup match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Friday.

Rocks decided to bat first with no idea of what a disastrous decision that would turn out to be.

In his first over, with two singles on the board, Akram trapped Blessed Muzite lbw for one, and in his second over he removed Brian Mudzinganyama (1) caught and Roy Kaia lbw first ball, to leave Rocks reeling at three runs for three wickets.

Although he took no further wickets, Akram had done such damage that Rocks were never able to recover.

Munashe Chipara then bowled out Ben Curran for nine to make the score 22 for four.

The captain, Richmond Mutumbami, counter-attacked in brilliant style, racing to 44 off 39 balls (two sixes and six fours), before he fell victim to the Lancashire leg-spinner, Matt Parkinson, at 77 for six.

The only other batter to reach double figures was Cephas Zhuwao, going in at number seven, and he alone had any answer to the mysteries of Parkinson until that bowler had him caught by Akram, last man out, for 39 off 36 balls, with four sixes and two fours.

The whole innings of 114 was over before lunch in 24.1 overs, with Akram taking his three wickets for 18 and Parkinson five for 26.

Eagles were to sweep past that score with only one wicket down.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe gave his side a brisk start with 21 off 20 balls out of 25 for the first wicket, but then the second-wicket partnership of 145 between Larvet Masunda and Tadiwanashe Marumani took over.

Again, the inexperienced Rocks bowling attack struggled, and as usual they turned to Kaia to do the bulk of the bowling.

He finally broke that partnership by dismissing Masunda for 76 (125 balls), and then William Mashinge removed two men in succession, Marumani for 73 (107 balls) and Nick Welch for two.

By the early close through bad light the score had progressed to 198 for four, with Wessly Madhevere on 12 and Tinashe Nenhunzi 11.

 

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Tuskers – 288-8 in 71.3 overs (Clive Madande 115*, Nkosana Mpofu 45, Awad Naqvi 35; Mashford Shungu 2/38, Vincent Masekesa 2/55, Shingi Masakadza 1/25)

Mega Market Mountaineers –  

 

Day 1 – Stumps

Clive Madande scored his second career first-class century in fine style at Harare Sports Club on Friday for Tuskers against Mega Market Mountaineers.

He was still there at the close with 115 not out, and his team were in quite a good position at 288 for eight wickets.

Tuskers, who decided to bat, made a sound start, with the score reaching 108 for one wicket at one stage, after Taffy Mupariwa was bowled by Shingi Masakadza for 14.

Nkosana Mpofu with 45 and Awad Naqvi, 35, took the score to 108, but then three wickets fell quickly.

But now Madande had arrived at the crease and faced the bowling positively from the start.

Although six were down for 153, Madande was in charge of the bowling, and Hamidullah Qadri (28) supported him soundly in a seventh-wicket partnership of 77.

Ernest Masuku, next in after Qadri went, played an aggressive innings of 18, but after he went the new man, Charlton Tshuma, had little to do as Madande farmed the bowling so well that he reached his century, and after an unbroken partnership of 27 Tshuma still hadn’t scored, or needed to.

Madande has so far faced 137 balls for his 115, with a six and 16 fours.

The pace bowler Mashford Shungu enjoyed quite a good first day in first-class cricket for Mountaineers, taking two wickets.

Kaia-inspired Rocks crush Tuskers, as Mountaineers earn draw

Southern Rocks – 282 and 295-8 declared in 110 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 71, Ben Curran 70, William Mashinge 64; Hamidullah Qadri 5/92, Milton Shumba 1/36)

Tuskers – 156 and 215 all out in 71.1 overs (Awad Naqvi 67*, Tanu Makoni 59, Ainsley Ndlovu 38; Roy Kaia 7/58, Sydney Murombo 1/21, Priviledge Chesa 1/94)

 

Southern Rocks won by 206 runs

 

Roy Kaia turned demon bowler at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday as he took seven wickets for only 58 runs off 35 overs as his Southern Rocks side sent Tuskers crashing to a 206-run defeat in their Logan Cup match.

Overnight Tuskers, set to score an unlikely 422 runs for victory, had lost two wickets for 109 runs, the not-out batters being Awad Naqvi on 30 and Milton Shumba on seven.

Kaia struck immediately in the morning, bowling Shumba at the overnight score, and proceeded to bowl throughout the innings, with only a brief break.

For a while Tuskers put up a fight, with Alvin Chiradza batting stubbornly for five in adding 27 for the fourth wicket with Naqvi, and then Ainsley Ndlovu biffed 38 off 35 balls with six fours – both were out caught at the wicket off Kaia.

Before Ndlovu was out the score reached 195 for five, but after he left the tail came and went without a whimper as Tuskers crashed to 215 all out.

Naqvi stayed in to fight it out as best he could, a solid defensive innings that ended on 67 not out, scored off 171 balls with six fours, but the last four batters came and went for only 10 runs between them, leaving him stranded.

Naqvi, who resides in Australia, scored 94 runs for once out on this his first-class début.

The last man, Charlton Tshuma, was run out after hitting a boundary, attempting a risky second run that would have allowed Naqvi to keep the bowling.

Priviledge Chesa, who had bowled so well in the first innings, was very expensive this time, going for 94 runs off 23 overs with only one wicket to show for it.

The honours belonged to Kaia, who has now taken 79 wickets in 79 first-class matches.

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Mega Market Mountaineers – 285 and 326-3 in 83 overs (Ben Compton 131, Joylord Gumbie 88, Timycen Maruma 70*; Johnathan Campbell 1/7, Mike Chinouya 1/47, Antum Naqvi 1/71)

Rhinos – 513 all out in 107.4 overs (Antum Naqvi 103*, Nyasha Mayavo 91, Kiran Carlson 87; Shingi Masakadza 4/71, Vincent Masekesa 3/162, Fortune Mhlanga 1/69)

 

Match drawn

 

Ben Compton scored another second-innings century for Mega Market Mountaineers at Old Hararians Sports Club on Tuesday to help earn them a creditable draw against Rhinos.

Mountaineers, 228 runs behind on the first innings, rallied superbly when they went in again, and would almost certainly have saved the match even without help from Jupiter Pluvius, as the British call the rain at cricket matches.

They had already scored 138 without loss when they continued in the morning, with Joylord Gumbie on 70 and Compton 51.

Gumbie took his score to 88 before he was caught off Mike Chinouya, the opening partnership having been worth 164 runs altogether.

Kevin Kasuza went for 21, lbw to Antum Naqvi at 201, and then Timycen Maruma came in to join Compton and see him through to his century.

Play went on in between showers of rain, and the match was safe for Mountaineers just before Compton was out lbw to Johnathan Campbell for 131 just before play was called off, the final score being 326 for three wickets.

He faced 229 balls and hit a six and 12 fours, while Maruma was not out with 70 off 96 balls (three sixes and six fours).

In four first-class matches for Mountaineers, Compton has scored centuries in the last three, all in the second innings.

None of the Rhinos bowlers were able to make any impression on the excellent Mountaineers batting in their second innings.

 

2022/23 LOGAN CUP POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

D

NR

PT

Eagles

5

3

1

0

1

0

87

Rhinos

5

2

2

0

1

0

75

Mountaineers

5

1

1

0

3

0

74

Southern Rocks

5

1

3

0

1

0

60

Tuskers

4

2

2

0

0

0

57

Mountaineers mount strong reply, Tuskers face uphill task

Mega Market Mountaineers – 285 and 138-0 in 26.3 overs (Joylord Gumbie 79*, Ben Compton 51*)

Rhinos – 513 all out in 107.4 overs (Antum Naqvi 103*, Nyasha Mayavo 91, Kiran Carlson 87; Shingi Masakadza 4/71, Vincent Masekesa 3/162, Fortune Mhlanga 1/69)

 

Day 3 – Stumps: Mega Market Mountaineers trail by 90 runs

 

Rhinos posted a total of 513 at Old Hararians Sports Club on Monday, but a strong reply by Joylord Gumbie and Ben Compton with a century opening partnership meant Mega Market Mountaineers will go into the final day of this Logan Cup match with hopes of forcing a draw.

Antum Naqvi did not add a run to his overnight 103 when Rhinos began the day on 402 for five wickets, being bowled out by Tinashe Muchawaya.

Nyasha Mayavo moved from 75 to 91, when he was caught off Fortune Mhlanga, but Brandon Mavuta came in and hit out once again in fine style, showing off his all-round skills.

He hit 59 off 63 balls before being last man out, lbw to Shingi Masakadza, who finished off the innings and took four wickets altogether for 71 runs, bowling off-breaks.

Vincent Masekesa took three wickets with his leg-breaks, but they came at a massive cost of 162 runs off 30 overs.

Rhinos were dismissed for 513, a lead of 228 runs, and Mountaineers went in to bat again.

Play was interrupted several times by showers of rain.

In between the breaks, Mountaineers made a very strong reply.

Gumbie and Compton opened the innings and played positively from the start, and by the time play ended early due to more rain, they had put on 138 for the first wicket without being separated, off only 26.3 overs.

Gumbie, hitting with fine confidence, was not out with 70 while Compton had 51, and they have given Mountaineers a good chance of saving the match on Tuesday.

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Southern Rocks – 282 and 295-8 declared in 110 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 71, Ben Curran 70, William Mashinge 64; Hamidullah Qadri 5/92, Milton Shumba 1/36)

Tuskers – 156 and 109-2 in 33 overs (Tanu Makoni 59, Awad Naqvi 30*, Nkosana Mpofu 9; Roy Kaia 2/27)

 

Day 3 – Stumps: Tuskers need 313 runs

 

Seventies by Ben Curran and Richmond Mutumbami paved the way for Southern Rocks to set Tuskers 422 runs for victory in their Logan Cup match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

Rocks resumed their second innings on Monday morning at 97 for three, with those two batters on 51 and 24 respectively.

With plenty of time in hand, they put their heads down and played steadily.

Curran looked set to score his second century of the match, but when he had reached 70 his innings was cut short by a run-out, after facing 142 balls and hitting 10 fours.

Mutumbami went on to make 71, while William Mashinge weighed in with his own fifty, 64 off 120 balls.

Mutumbami finally declared with a score of 295 for eight wickets, leaving Tuskers almost a day and a half to survive or win the match by scoring 422.

Hamidullah Qadri, an Afghan now domiciled in England and playing for Derbyshire, was the most successful bowler, taking five wickets for 92 with his off-breaks.

Tuskers soon lost Nkosana Mpofu, lbw to Roy Kaia for nine, but Tanu Makoni batted fluently to score 59 off 68 balls, before being caught, also off Kaia, just before the close.

Awad Naqvi (30) and Milton Shumba (7) saw out the day safely at 109 for two, but Tuskers have a long fight ahead of them on Tuesday if they are to save the match.

Naqvi hundred puts Rhinos in charge, Chesa five-for stifles Tuskers

Mega Market Mountaineers – 285 all out in 66.5 overs (Timycen Maruma 91, Spencer Magodo 63, PJ Moor 36; Mike Chinouya 4/46, Tafara Chingwara 2/42, Brandon Mavuta 2/92)

Rhinos – 402-5 in 87 overs (Antum Naqvi 103*, Nyasha Mayavo 75*, Johnathan Campbell 73; Vincent Masekesa 3/135, Shingi Masakadza 1/56, Donald Tiripano 1/59)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Rhinos lead by 117 runs 

 

Antum Naqvi, who scored a century for Rhinos on his first-class début a week ago, followed this up with another hundred in his second match as his team secured a big advantage over Mega Market Mountaineers on the second day of their Logan Cup match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday.

Mountaineers began the day with 281 for nine wickets in their first innings, and added just another four runs before Tinashe Muchawaya was caught off Mike Chinouya for 25, giving a total of 285 all out.

Chinouya, slowly regaining his best form after a period out of first-class cricket, finished with the best figures for Rhinos of four wickets for 46 runs.

When Rhinos went in, Takudzwanashe Kaitano hit a four off the opening over from Donald Tiripano before being out lbw to the fifth ball.

Kiran Carlson then came in and played a brilliant attacking innings, hitting the bowling all over the field as he scored 87 off 79 balls, while Prince Masvaure held up the other end with 11 off 63 balls.

They put on 112 runs together before both were out in quick succession, Carlson having hit a six and 14 fours, while Masvaure found the boundary twice.

Tarisai Musakanda hit up q quickfire 28 off 30 balls, while Johnathan Campbell scored fluently to make 73 off 78 balls, being out at 242 for five.

Then the Australia-based Naqvi took over, less flamboyant in his strokes but very effective, and found an ideal partner in Nyasha Mayavo.

The pair batted through to the close, when Naqvi had reached 103 and Mayavo 75, both not out and ready to continue their stand, already worth 160, on Monday.

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Southern Rocks – 282 and 97-3 in 39 overs (Ben Curran 51*, Richmond Mutumbami 24*, Brian Mudzinganyama 9; Hamidullah Qadri 2/31)

Tuskers – 156 all out in 60.5 overs (Milton Shumba 44, Awad Naqvi 27, Tanunurwa Makoni 24; Priviledge Chesa 5/33, Travor Mutsamba 2/19, Roy Kaia 2/40)

 

Day 2 – Stumps: Southern Rocks lead by 223 runs

Leg-break bowler Priviledge Chesa took five wickets at Queens Sports Club on Sunday to help Southern Rocks bowl Tuskers out for 156 in their first innings.

This gave a first-innings lead of 126 to his team, who had ended day one’s play with a completed innings of 282.

In reply, the Tuskers opening pair of Nkosana Mpofu (12) and Tanu Makoni (24) put on 34 together.

Tuskers are giving a first-class début to Awad Naqvi, the brother of Antum of Rhinos, who batted at number three, but did not emulate his brother, being out for 27.

The highest scorer for Tuskers was Milton Shumba, who put on 72 with Naqvi and made 44 himself, with seven fours.

Tuskers were looking quite well set with 111 on the board with only two wickets down at one stage, but then Naqvi and Shumba were out in quick succession, both to Chesa, and the rest of the batters collapsed.

Alvin Chiradza dug in and fought for his wicket to score 12 not out from number six off 54 balls, but the only significant score from his partners was an aggressive 19 by Ernest Masuku.

Tuskers slid to the poor score of 156 all out, Chesa taking his five wickets for only 33 runs.

Rocks, despite their good lead, looked ready to lose their advantage when their first three wickets went down in their second innings for 26 runs.

However, Ben Curran and Richmond Mutumbami dug in to steady the innings, and were still there at the close, on 51 and 24 respectively.

Rocks are now in a prime position, 223 runs ahead with seven wickets still in hand and two days to play.

Curran ton stabilises Rocks, as Maruma leads Mountaineers recovery

Southern Rocks – 282 all out in 95.3 overs (Ben Curran 134*, Cuthbert Musoko 42, Blessed Muzite 22; Ainsley Ndlovu 4/70, Milton Shumba 2/0, Hamidullah Qadri 2/43)

Tuskers – Yet to bat 

 

Day 1 – Stumps 

 

An unbeaten century by Ben Curran was the backbone of Southern Rocks’ first-innings score of 282 against Tuskers in their Logan Cup match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.

Rocks decided to bat on winning the toss, and with some good attacking strokes Brian Mudzinganyama scored 18 out of an opening partnership of 29 with Blessed Muzite.

His dismissal brought in Curran, who proceeded to bat through the rest of the innings.

Muzite and Tafadzwa Tsiga both scored 22, and at one stage Rocks were 121 for two wickets.

But with the dismissal of Tsiga the middle order collapsed, including Richmond Mutumbami for two and Roy Kaia for seven, so that seven men were out for 170.

For the second match in succession Cuthbert Musoko then came to the rescue with a fine innings, scoring 42 himself as he put on 91 for the eighth wicket and saw Curran through to his century.

The final total was 282, with Curran not out on 134, including 16 fours, a determined and solid 261-ball innings that lasted over five hours.

Ainsley Ndlovu was the most industrious and successful Tuskers bowler, sending down 34 overs and taking four wickets for 70 runs.

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Mega Market Mountaineers – 281-9 in 66 overs (Timycen Maruma 91, Spencer Magodo 63, PJ Moor 36; Mike Chinouya 3/42, Tafara Chingwara 2/42, Brandon Mavuta 2/92)

Rhinos – Yet to bat

 

Day 1 – Stumps

Another fighting innings from Timycen Maruma led a recovery after Mega Market Mountaineers made a poor start in their Logan Cup match against Rhinos at Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare on Saturday.

At the close of play Mountaineers had reached a score of 281 for nine wickets.

After a late start due to a wet outfield, Rhinos put Mountaineers in to bat and must have been well pleased when within 50 minutes of play they had removed the top three batters for only 29 runs.

Wickets fell in three successive overs as Mike Chinouya and Tafara Chingwara removed Joylord Gumbie for eight, Ben Compton for 17 and Kevin Kasuza without scoring.

But after that the bowlers had more than two hours of fruitless toil, as Maruma took on the bowlers, playing his strokes powerfully, while Spencer Magodo provided him with the sound support he needed.

Magodo was the first to go for 63, at 193 for four, and eight runs later Maruma, just failing to reach his century, went for 91.

Another useful partnership followed between PJ Moor and Donald Tiripano, the latter eventually going out for 24 to Chinouya, who bowled Shingi Masakadza with his next delivery.

Brandon Mavuta was not in his usual bowling form this time and took a lot of punishment, but he did manage to remove Moor for 36 just before the close, when Tinashe Muchawaya was not out with an aggressive 21 and the score 281 for nine.

Mountaineers-Rocks clash peters out to rain-affected draw

Mega Market Mountaineers – 260 and 23-0 in 3 overs (Tinashe Muchawaya 12*, Vincent Masekesa 6*)

Southern Rocks – 261 all out in 58.5 overs (Roy Kaia 61, William Mashinge 52, Ben Curran 36; Shingi Masakadza 5/42, Donald Tiripano 2/27, Brian Bennett 1/21)

Match drawn

Shingi Masakadza took five wickets for Mega Market Mountaineers in their drawn Logan Cup match against Southern Rocks at Old Hararians Sports Club on Tuesday.

The wet outfield meant that again no play was possible until after lunch, thereby making it certain that no outright result in this match could be achieved.

The teams therefore only had their pride and the possibility of gaining bonus points to play for, as Rocks went in with their overnight score of 64 for three wickets, with Tafadzwa Tsiga and Richmond Mutumbami both new men at the crease, Mountaineers having been dismissed for 260.

They did not last long, Mutumbami going for five and Tsiga an aggressive 18, and at 94 for five Rocks were not looking too happy.

At this point William Mashinge joined Roy Kaia, and this pair proved to be exactly what their team needed, taking charge of the bowling and adding 79 for the sixth wicket.

Kaia was much the more aggressive, hitting up 61 off 60 balls with nine fours before being out lbw to Vincent Masekesa at 173 for six.

Mashinge also reached his fifty, a more laborious effort, and with help from the later batters he took Rocks into a position to challenge for the first-innings lead.

He had 52 when he chopped a ball from Masakadza on to his wicket, having hit seven fours off 92 balls.

Rocks were now 247 for eight, and with his partner Cuthbert Musoko hitting the ball well there was still some interest in which team would lead on the first innings, although the achievement would gain them no points.

Scores were level when Masakadza removed Priviledge Chesa lbw for two, and the last man Takudzwa Chataira scored the ‘winning’ single before Masakadza finished the innings by claiming Musoko’s wicket, lbw again.

Musoko had hit 33 off 43 balls, with three sixes and a four, the final total being 261.

Masakadza finished with five wickets for 42, to add to his 63 runs with the bat.

Mountaineers had to bat again for a token three overs before the match could be called off as a draw.

2022/23 LOGAN CUP POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

D

NR

PT

Eagles

5

3

1

0

1

0

87

Rhinos

4

2

2

0

0

0

61

Mountaineers

4

1

1

0

2

0

60

Tuskers

3

2

1

0

0

0

49

Southern Rocks

4

0

3

0

1

0

38

Mavuta stars again as Rhinos condemn Eagles to innings defeat

Eagles – 92 and 158 all out in 55.4 overs (Nick Welch 39, Kudzai Maunze 31, Tapiwa Mufudza  24*; Brandon Mavuta 6/85, Johnathan Campbell 2/15, Kiran Carlson 1/1)

Rhinos – 383 all out in 104.5 overs (Antum Naqvi 140*, Brandon Mavuta 80, Johnathan Campbell 46; Tapiwa Mufudza 4/106, Tanaka Chivanga 2/57, Alex Falao 1/34)

Rhinos won by an innings and 133 runs

Brandon Mavuta starred again with a six-wicket haul as Rhinos easily beat Eagles by an innings and 133 runs in their Logan Cup match at Kwekwe Sports Club on Monday.

His victims were the six top batters in the Eagles line-up, for a cost of 85 runs, which gave him match figures of 11 for 102, not to mention a score of 80 with the bat.

Overnight on this the third day, Eagles were eight for one wicket, with Kudzai Maunze on five and Larvet Masunda on two.

For a while these two batters played steadily and safely, with Masunda adopting the sheet-anchor role, rarely making an aggressive stroke.

With the score on 43 Maunze was caught by Johnathan Campbell off Mavuta for 31, and Chamu Chibhabha soon followed, lbw to the same bowler for eight, which consisted of two fours off the five balls he faced.

Nick Welch played the highest and best innings of the day, but Masunda went at 80, when Mavuta bowled him for 23.

Cunningham Ncube was also bowled by Mavuta for three, and the middle order had little to offer.

When Welch was eighth out, caught off Mavuta for 39, scored off 50 balls with two sixes and two fours, Eagles’ last hope of making a real fight of it was gone.

There was some resistance for the ninth wicket, as Tapiwa Mufudza (24 not out) was helped by the young Alex Falao (10) as they added 34 runs, but the last two wickets fell in consecutive overs and Eagles had lost a Logan Cup match for the first time this season.

Mavuta naturally dominated the bowling with his six wickets, bowling almost without a break for 25 overs, while Campbell took two.

This time Antum Naqvi was less successful, taking only one wicket for 52 runs.

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Mega Market Mountaineers – 260 all out in 54.2 overs (Shingi Masakadza 63, Timycen Maruma 63, Donald Tiripano 32; Cuthbert Musoko 6/48, Takudzwa Chataira 2/86, Trevor Mutsamba 1/35)

Southern Rocks – 64-3 in 14.4 overs (Ben Curran 36, Brian Mudzinganyama 15, Cephas Zhuwao 12; Shingi Masakadza 1/4, Donald Tiripano 1/9, Fortune Mhlanga 1/23)

Day 3 – Stumps: Southern Rocks trail by 196 runs

Some fine pace bowling from Cuthbert Musoko did most of the damage to Mega Market Mountaineers as they were bowled out for 260 on the third day of their rain-damaged Logan Cup match against Southern Rocks.

The other match in Kwekwe was actually over before the players were able to take the field again at Old Hararians Sports Club after the loss of the second day’s play, so wet had the ground been due to heavy rain.

Mountaineers resumed their innings at 96 for four wickets, with Timycen Maruma on 52 and PJ Moor 11.

Moor was quickly caught at the wicket off Musoko without adding to his score, and at 115 Musoko struck again when he trapped Maruma lbw for 63, scored off 73 balls with a six and 10 fours.

Six wickets were now down, but as so often Shingi Masakadza was the man for the situation, helped on this occasion by Donald Tiripano.

Masakadza was soon attacking the bowling with his powerful strokes, while Tiripano gave good support and kept the score moving along fluently.

They took the score to 206, after a partnership of 91, before Musoko returned and removed them both, Masakadza first to a catch at the wicket for 63 off 47 balls, with two sixes and 11 fours.

Tiripano was then caught for 32, but the innings was prolonged by useful scores from Tinashe Muchawaya (29) and Vincent Masekesa (21) who added 45 for the ninth wicket before both were out in quick succession.

The total was 260, and Musoko had completed his first six-wicket haul.

When Southern Rocks went in, Cephas Zhuwao quickly smote three fours, but then slashed at a ball from Fortune Mhlanga that was too close to him and was caught at point for 12 – 16 for one.

Ben Curran now joined Brian Mudzinganyama and immediately appeared to be in fine form, as he handled the bowling with confidence and struck six fours in good style.

But Mountaineers struck back just before the close, as first Mudzinganyama was out lbw to Tiripano for 15, and then Curran, hitting across the line at a ball from Masakadza, had his off stump knocked out of the ground to depart for 36, scored off 39 balls with six fours.

At this point the umpires decided that the light was too bad for further play, and the day ended with Rocks on 64 for three wickets, with Tafadzwa Tsiga the man at the crease yet to score.

2022/23 LOGAN CUP POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

D

NR

PT

Eagles

5

3

1

0

1

0

87

Rhinos

4

2

2

0

0

0

61

Mountaineers

3

1

1

0

1

0

49

Tuskers

3

2

1

0

0

0

49

Southern Rocks

3

0

3

0

0

0

27

Debutant’s dazzling all-round show puts Rhinos in driver’s seat

Eagles – 92 and 8-1 in 8 overs (Kudzai Maunze 5*, Larvet Masunda 2*, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 1; Brandon Mavuta 1/4)

Rhinos – 383 all out in 104.5 overs (Antum Naqvi 140*, Brandon Mavuta 80, Johnathan Campbell 46; Tapiwa Mufudza 4/106, Tanaka Chivanga 2/57, Alex Falao 1/34)

Day 2 – Stumps: Eagles trail by 283 runs

After a memorable bowling performance on day one, Antum Naqvi on Sunday celebrated his first-class début in greater style with a century for Rhinos in their Logan Cup match against Eagles at Kwekwe Sports Club.

Naqvi is from Australia, where he has a fine record in club cricket.

Rhinos began day two at 102 for four wickets in reply to the Eagles first-innings total of 92, with Kiran Carlson on 30 and Naqvi yet to score.

Tanaka Chivanga soon removed Carlson for 36, but Naqvi stayed in, scoring steadily and helped by a succession of useful partners.

Nyasha Mayavo was the first of these, scoring 34 off 60 balls out of a partnership of 59 with Naqvi that took the score to 171 for six.

Naqvi’s best partner, though, was his best bowling partner of day one, Brandon Mavuta, who hit out in fine style to score 80 off 92 balls, with two sixes and nine fours in his account.

Neville Madziva played an unselfish supporting role to score 15 of a 62-run partnership that allowed Naqvi to reach his début century, which came off 187 balls.

Mike Chinouya put on 31 runs for the ninth wicket with Naqvi, without scoring a run himself before being out after facing 14 balls, but the last man, Tafara Chingwara, lasted only three deliveries.

This left Naqvi not out with his remarkable innings of 140, scored off 232 balls and containing a six and 13 fours.

The Rhinos total was 383, which gave them a lead of 291 runs over Eagles on the first innings.

Eagles went in again and in only the second over they lost the wicket of Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, lbw to Mavuta for one with only that single on the board.

Larvet Masunda joined Kudzai Maunze at the wicket and, batting with great care, they took the score to eight in the same number of overs before bad light brought play to an end.

Maunze was not out with five and Masunda two.

With such a deficit, it will take a good deal of very determined and skilful batting – or a great deal of rain – for Eagles to keep their unbeaten Logan Cup record.

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Mega Market Mountaineers – 96-4 in 24 overs (Timycen Maruma 52, PJ Moor 11*, Spencer Magodo 16; Cuthbert Musoko 2/27, Travor Mutsamba 1/14, Takudzwa Chataira 1/19)

Southern Rocks – still to bat

Day 2 – Stumps

No play was possible in this Logan Cup match at Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare on Sunday owing to heavy overnight rain that left the field soaked.

Mega Market Mountaineers had scored 96 for four wickets on the first day.

Rhinos spinners ravage Eagles, as Maruma stabilises Mountaineers

Eagles – 92 all out in 29.5 overs (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe 35, Tanaka Chivanga 12, Faraz Akram 12; Brandon Mavuta 5/17, Antum Naqvi 4/22, Tafara Chingwara 1/9)

Rhinos – 102-4 in 27.2 overs (Johnathan Campbell 46, Kiran Carlson 30*, Eddie Byrom 19; Tapiwa Mufudza 2/39, Tanaka Chivanga 1/10, Kudzai Maunze 1/21)

Day 1 – Stumps: Rhinos lead by 10 runs

It was a day to remember for 23-year-old Antum Naqvi, the off-spinner who made his first-class début this Saturday for Rhinos against Eagles in their Logan Cup match at Kwekwe Sports Club.

He took four wickets, three of them top-order batters, as he and the more experienced leg-spinner Brandon Mavuta bowled out Eagles for 92 runs in their first innings.

Eagles did not start too badly after Prince Masvaure, captain of Rhinos, put them in to bat, reaching 58 before the second wicket fell, Kudzai Maunze having gone for one.

This was mainly the work of Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, who alone of the visitors’ top batters got after the attack with well-judged aggression, scoring 35 off 42 balls before being caught off Mavuta.

Then Naqvi began his run of success, having a Larvet Masunda caught at the wicket for his first scalp, having made 11 off 48 balls.

In quick succession Naqvi removed Chamu Chibhabha without scoring and Cunningham Ncube for two, while Mavuta had Nick Welch caught at the wicket for three, and Eagles had declined to 64 for six.

Faraz Akram and Tanaka Chivanga brought about a minor recovery with 12 each, before Mavuta finished off the innings at 92 by removing the cautious Akram.

Naqvi bowled only seven overs, but took four wickets for 22 runs for a memorable début.

Mavuta for his part took five wickets for only 17 runs in 9.5 overs.

With spin bowling in the ascendancy, Chibhabha as the Eagles captain opened his bowling with the off-spinner Tapiwa Mufudza, and he took the first two wickets to fall, Masvaure for three and Eddie Byrom for 19.

When Remembrance Nyathi fell first ball to Maunze, the score was 29 for three, but then Johnathan Campbell, supported by a more cautious Kiran Carlson, realised that attack in these circumstances was the best option, and hit out boldly.

Campbell made the highest score of the day, 46 off 59 balls, with six fours, but once again failed to go on to play a major innings, being caught off Chivanga just before the close.

By then, though, Rhinos had gone into the lead, and finished the day with 102 for four wickets, Carlson still there with 30.

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Mega Market Mountaineers – 96-4 in 24 overs (Timycen Maruma 52*, Spencer Magodo 16, PJ Moor 11*; Cuthbert Musoko 2/27, Trevor Mutsamba 1/14, Takudzwa Chataira 1/19)

Southern Rocks – still to bat

Day 1 – Stumps

A fine attacking innings of 52 not out by Timycen Maruma was the only memorable feature of a rain-damaged first day’s play at Old Hararians Sports Club in the Logan Cup match between Mega Market Mountaineers and Southern Rocks on Saturday.

Play could not be started until after lunch due to the effects of the previous day’s rain on the field.

Mountaineers, put in to bat, lost their opening pair for 14 runs on the board, with Kevin Kasuza out for two and Joylord Gumbie for eight.

Maruma came in at number four to join Spencer Magodo, who was to play a useful innings of 16 while Maruma took charge.

Magodo and Brian Bennett (6) were both out to Cuthbert Musoko to make the score 73 for four, before PJ Moor joined Maruma, who reached his fifty off only 47 balls.

Soon after this, bad light and then rain stopped play for the day, the score now having reached 96 for four wickets, with Maruma on 52 and Moor 11.

Mountaineers send Rocks tumbling to heavy defeat

Mega Market Mountaineers – 176 and 468-9 declared in 97.2 overs (Ben Compton 217, Joylord Gumbie 108, Tinashe Muchawaya 48; Brian Mudzinganyama 4/44, Roy Kaia 3/94, Priviledge Chesa 1/93)

Southern Rocks – 190 and 149 all out in 49.2 overs (Tafadzwa Tsiga 66*, Takudzwa Chataira 27, Roy Kaia 11; Victor Nyauchi 5/54, Shingi Masakadza 2/5, Donald Tiripano 2/21)

Mega Market Mountaineers won by 305 runs

A lone innings from Tafadzwa Tsiga saved Southern Rocks from complete disaster at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday, but they still went down by 305 runs to give Mega Market Mountaineers their first victory of the Logan Cup campaign.

Rocks began the day in the unhappy situation of needing, in theory, 455 runs to win and having lost their first two wickets for 10 runs, the not-out batters being the opening batter Innocent Kaia with two and his cousin Roy Kaia yet to score.

Would they fight or would they run?

There was certainly very little fighting early on, as the batters played out three maiden overs before Innocent was bowled by Donald Tiripano for his overnight two, which took him 29 balls.

This brought in Cephas Zhuwao, kept in till the morning, but not even he showed much inclination to tackle the bowlers.

He did hit one four, but was eventually caught at the wicket off Victor Nyauchi for an uncharacteristic five off 16 balls.

Roy Kaia did hit a six and a four, but it took him 31 balls to score 11, and then Nyauchi removed him lbw, with the score now a miserable 35 for five wickets.

Richmond Mutumbami briefly showed some spirit in scoring eight off 11 balls before being caught off Tiripano – 37 for six.

Next to go were Blessed Muzite (2) and Travor Mutsamba (4), both falling to Shingi Masakadza to make the score 55 for eight wickets.

The only notable batter left now was Tsiga, who played a quiet game but at least was prepared to put up a fight instead of giving his wicket away weakly.

Priviledge Chesa stayed in with him, and the Mountaineers attack was at last blunted, when they had no doubt earlier expected the match to be over by lunch.

Instead at the interval the score was 83 for eight, with Tsiga on 28 and Chesa 11.

Lunch seemed to infuse Tsiga with vitamins, as on his return to the crease he hit Nyauchi for a four and a single, which brought him to face Wellington Masakadza.

In succession Tsiga hammered him for four, four, six and four to bring up his fifty off 83 balls.

However, he then lost Chesa, lbw to Nyauchi for 11 at 107 for nine.

The last man, Takudzwa Chataira, seemed inspired by Tsiga and hit Nyauchi for a two and two fours off consecutive deliveries, and another two boundaries in Nyauchi’s next over.

Tsiga hit Wellington Masakadza for another two sixes, but the brief spell of fun came to an end in the following over, when Chataira was bowled by Nyauchi for 27 off 29 balls to end the match at 149 all out.

Tsiga finished unbeaten with 66 off 100 balls, with three sixes and eight fours, an innings that enabled Rocks to lose with a little dignity and guns blazing even when it was all too late.

More resolution from the top order might have seen them save the match with the help of afternoon rain.

Nyauchi was again the best bowler for Mountaineers, taking five wickets for 54 runs, with two each for Tiripano and Shingi Masakadza.

2022/23 LOGAN CUP POINTS TABLE

TEAM

M

W

L

T

D

NR

PT

Eagles

4

3

0

0

1

0

83

Mountaineers

3

1

1

0

1

0

49

Tuskers

3

2

1

0

0

0

49

Rhinos

3

1

2

0

0

0

37

Southern Rocks

3

0

3

0

0

0

27

 

How points are awarded:

• Win – 10 points

• Tie – 6 points

• Draw/washout – 5 points

• Win by an innings – 2 points

Bowling Points:

• 3 wickets – 1 point

• 5 wickets – 1 point

• 7 wickets – 1 point

• 9 wickets – 1 point

(Total bowling points permitted – 4)

Batting points:

• 200 team runs – 1 point

• 250 team runs – 1 point

• 300 team runs – 1 point

• 350 team runs – 1 point

(Total batting points permitted – 4)