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.
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.