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.


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.