Eagles claw back after Ndlovu fifty buoyed up Tuskers
Tuskers – 338 all out in 101.4 overs (Ainsley Ndlovu 84*, Awad Naqvi 51, Luke Jongwe 43; Wessly Madhevere 3/77, Matt Parkinson 2/73, Tapiwa Mufudza 1/41)
Eagles – 238-5 in 71 overs (Nick Welch 59, Faraz Akram 54*, Wessly Madhevere 51; Luke Jongwe 2/36, Hamidullah Qadri 2/41, Mgcini Dube 1/46)
Day 2 – Stumps: Eagles trail by 100 runs
Fighting fifties from Nick Welch and Wessly Madhevere revived a sagging Eagles innings and helped them to finish on even terms with Tuskers on the second day of their Logan Cup match at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
Tuskers began the day on 245 for six wickets in their first innings, with Luke Jongwe on 36 and Ainsley Ndlovu 31.
Jongwe was soon out for 43, but Hamidullah Qadri came in next and laid about him to score 30 off 35 balls.
There was a bonus for the last wicket, as the debutant Mgcini Dube gallantly held an end up for 21 balls while Ndlovu hit about him and was eventually left unbeaten with his highest first-class score of 84 not out, scored off 119 balls and containing two sixes and nine fours.
The total was 338, six bowlers sharing the wickets and Madhevere doing best with three for 77.
Eagles made a bad start, with their opening batters scoring only 11 runs between them, and three wickets were down for 50.
Then Welch and Madhevere came together and stopped the rot, playing positive attacking cricket as they carried the attack to the Tuskers and added 87 for the fourth wicket.
It was Qadri who finally broke the stand by having Welch out lbw for 59, and shortly afterwards had Madhevere caught for 51, to make the score 146 for five wickets.
However, a pairing of Hamid Ali and Faraz Akram now took over and, batting more sedately than the previous duo, added to date 92 runs for the sixth wicket by the close.
Ali finished the day on 36 and Akram 54, and with the score 238 for five wickets the teams will go into the third day fairly evenly balanced.
Southern Rocks – 434 all out in 143 overs (Richmond Mutumbami 137, Alistair Frost 88, Blessed Muzite 41; Antum Naqvi 3/73, Mike Chinouya 3/78, Tafara Chingwara 2/65)
Rhinos – 71-4 in 22 overs (Tarisai Musakanda 31*, Prince Masvaure 10, Johnathan Campbell 8*; Sydney Murombo 2/14, Roy Kaia 1/14, Cuthbert Musoko 1/17)
Day 2 – Stumps: Rhinos trail by 363 runs
A magnificent seventh-wicket partnership of 125 between Richmond Mutumbami and former national Under-19 medium-pace all-rounder Alistair Frost, on his first-class début, enabled Southern Rocks to turn the tables completely on Rhinos on the second day of their Logan Cup match at Old Hararians Sports Club on Saturday.
Mutumbami, as he so often did in his early years with a struggling Rocks team, came good in a crisis yet again, and recorded his eighth first-class century.
On the first day Rocks had struggled to 187 for five wickets – Mutumbami had 52 and William Mashinge eight.
Only eight runs had been scored when Mashinge fell lbw to Antum Naqvi for eight, and now Frost came in to join Mutumbami.
The pair put their heads down and fought hard, and steadily the score rose, and continued to rise.
The 200 mark was quickly passed, and by the time the score reached 300 they were still together, with Mutumbami well past the 100 mark and Frost supporting him splendidly.
Mike Chinouya finally broke the stand by having Mutumbami caught for 137, scored off 245 balls with a six and 21 fours.
Frost, however, now helped by Cuthbert Musoko with 29 and Dylan Hondo with 30, stayed until 400 was behind them.
He was within sight of the rare feat of scoring a century on his first-class début, when he was finally caught at the wicket off Tafara Chingwara for 88.
Frost was ninth out, and the innings finally closed for 407, a wonderful recovery after the first four men had gone for 86 on Friday.
Chinouya and Naqvi were the most successful bowlers, with three wickets each.
Rhinos went in to bat and were soon deep in trouble.
Eddie Byrom went for seven, followed by Prince Masvaure (10) and Takudzwanashe Kaitano (6).
When Antum Naqvi was out for seven, the score was 35 for four wickets.
Tarisai Musakanda hit out defiantly and was still there with 31 at the close of play, partnered by Johnathan Campbell with eight.
Rhinos finished the day on 71 for four wickets.