Alliance Health Eagles – 181 all out in 56.5 overs (Wessly Madhevere 72, Tinotenda Mutombodzi 38, Shoun Handirisi 25; Wellington Masakadza 4/31, Victor Nyauchi 4/47, Clive Chitumba 1/15)
Mountaineers – 71-1 in 31 overs (Kevin Kasuza 36, Ben Compton 23*, Kudzai Sauramba 11*; Daniel Jakiel 1/23)
Day 1 – Stumps: Mountaineers trail by 110 runs
Good bowling by Victor Nyauchi and Wellington Masakadza, who took four wickets each, restricted Alliance Health Eagles to a first-innings score of 181 in their Logan Cup match against Mountaineers at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday.
Mountaineers won the toss and put Eagles in to bat.
Eagles struggled against the opening bowling of Nyauchi, who soon bowled out Will Frayne for six.
Donald Tiripano had Kudzai Maunze caught at the wicket for four, to make the score 10 for two, and at 28 the third wicket fell, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe being bowled by Nyauchi for 12.
Wessly Madhevere and Tino Mutombodzi came together in a difficult situation, but they batted positively to take the score to 100 before the latter was caught off Clive Chitumba for 38.
There was another good partnership of 46 for the sixth wicket between Madhevere and Shoun Handirisi, before Masakadza had Madhevere caught by Tiripano for 72, much the highest score of the innings – he faced 124 balls and hit nine fours.
Nyauchi returned, but Masakadza was the bowler who did most to mop up the tail and end the innings for 181 – both took four wickets, for 47 and 31 runs respectively.
Kevin Kasuza was in fluent form when Mountaineers replied, scoring 36 of the first 47 runs on the board before being caught off Daniel Jakiel.
His opening partner Ben Compton was surprisingly restrained, and took 79 balls to score 23 not out, surviving until stumps in partnership with Kudzai Sauramba, 11 not out.
Mountaineers are in potentially a good position, and will be determined to make a good score for a big lead on day two.
Tuskers – 347 all out in 87.2 overs (Clive Madande 93, Brian Chari 54, Taffy Mupariwa 52; Carl Mumba 5/72, Tafara Chingwara 3/49, Michael Chinouya 1/39)
Day 1 – Stumps
A powerfully hit 93 by Clive Madande was the largest contribution to a good first-day score of 347 for Tuskers against Rhinos in their Logan Cup match at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Tuskers, who won the toss and decided to bat, made an uncertain start as they lost Tanu Makoni (6) and Craig Ervine (7), both bowled by Tafara Chingwara, for 26 runs.
Then came a fine rescue operation, as Taffy Mupariwa was joined by Brian Chari, and the pair put on 88 for the third wicket before Mupariwa was caught off Carl Mumba for a fine 52, scored off 102 balls and including nine fours.
Chari, the more aggressive of the two, soon followed with his own fifty, but on 54 was out in the same way as Mupariwa, to make the score 135 for four.
Milton Shumba made a useful 26, out at 155, but the innings really got going again when Luke Jongwe joined Madande, and the pair took charge of the bowling together.
They hit out in good attacking fashion and put on 105 together in almost 23 overs before Jongwe was caught by Ryan Burl off Mumba for 38.
He played more of a supporting role while Madande played a strong attacking game scoring at almost a run a ball, and he looked set for his second Logan Cup century when he was caught at the wicket off Mumba for 93 – he faced 102 balls and hit 13 fours.
He was out at 287 for eight, but his good work was carried on by Ernest Masuku, who hammered 40 off 31 balls, with a six and four fours, before being caught at the wicket to give Michael Chinouya his first wicket since his return to the Rhinos team.
The innings closed just before the close of play for the very useful score of 347.
Mumba was the most successful bowler with five wickets for 72 runs.
Tafara Chingwara backed him up well with three for 49, but Brandon Mavuta was expensive, taking one wicket for 119 off 25 overs.