5 February 2019
AN all-round performance by Manicaland Mountaineers saw the defending champions close in on pacesetters Mashonaland Eagles in the thrilling Logan Cup championship run yesterday.
Mountaineers thumped Matabeleland Tuskers by an inning and 114 runs at Harare Sports Club to move on to 25 points –just one point behind Eagles.
Brilliant batting displays by Timycen Maruma (165), Tafadzwa Tsiga (124), Donald Tiripano (71) and Roy Kaia (54) propelled Mountaineers to 497 all out in 146,5 overs in the first innings as Chris Mpofu (5-116) was the pick of Tuskers bowlers.
With such a commanding score, it was all to do for Mountaineers bowlers who showed discipline and patience to bundle out Tuskers for 127 all out in 64 overs in the first innings and then 256 all out in 66,4 overs in the second innings while following on.
Brian Chari (85) had the only notable score for Tuskers in both innings as Tiripano continued to prove his credentials as a rising all-rounder with 5-56 in the second innings and match figures of 7-71.
It was also a good return to action for seamer Tendai Chatara who finished with match figures of 6-50.
Mountaineers did themselves a big favour and have correctly positioned themselves for their title defense creating an intriguing situation to how the Logan Cup will end taking into account Eagles’ slender lead.
Mid West Rhinos were not to be outdone as they brought themselves back in the title hunt after stunning Eagles by a massive 262 runs at Old Hararians Sports Club.
All eyes are now fixed on the business end of the Logan Cup where it’s now a three-horse race with Mountaineers and Rhinos having come into serious contention to challenge Eagles.
While Eagles and Rhinos have a game each remaining, Mountaineers have two games in hand.
Logan Cup points table
P W L T D Ab. Pts
Eagles 5 2 1 0 2 0 26
Mountaineers 4 2 1 0 1 0 25
Rhinos 5 2 2 0 1 0 24
Tuskers 4 0 2 0 2 0 9