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.
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.