Zimbabwe’s home season is underway after the first spherical of Logan Cup matches in Harare and Kwekwe.
Fast bowler Carl Mumba burst again onto the Zimbabwean home scene with a match haul of eight for 24 to demolish the reigning Logan Cup champions Mountaineers at Kwekwe Sports Club. Building on captain Tarisai Musakanda’s maiden first-class hundred, Rhinos reached 232 of their first innings, the highest rating of the match.
Peter Moor’s second-innings fifty helped Rhinos set Mountaineers 245 to win regardless of Donald Tiripano’s 5 for 42. That complete was effectively past them when Michael Chinouya’s incisions rocked the top order, and Mumba then tore by the tail to choose up the outstanding career-best figures of 6 for 7 in the second innings, Moutaineers crumbling to 140 all out. There shouldn’t be a lot room for error in the six-match Logan Cup competitors this season, and the strain is on Mountaineers not to slip up once more if they’re to retain the trophy.
At Harare Sports Club, persistent rain had the closing say in a closely-fought contest between Mashonaland Eagles and Matabeleland Tuskers. Having been put in by Eagles captain Tino Mutombodzi, Tuskers had been carried by Craig Ervine’s 141 of their first innings, reaching 313. An all-round effort from the bowlers then restricted Eagles to 284, Chris Mpofu taking part in a significant hand by dismissing Cephas Zhuwao when the big-hitting left-hander had raced to a 45-ball 60.
Cunningham Ncube’s battling 77 held Tuskers collectively of their second innings in overcast circumstances effectively suited to swing bowling, with no different batsman making greater than 14 in the innings. Eagles bowled Tuskers out early on the closing morning, and their pursuit of 211 to win fired in suits and begins however was nonetheless on observe when rain stopped play.
Eagles had been 155 for four when the climate intervened, the captains ultimately shaking fingers for a draw when it grew to become obvious no additional play can be potential.
On the nationwide radar
With a pair of the established names in Zimbabwean cricket away taking part in T20 (and even T10) franchise cricket elsewhere, the first spherical of Logan Cup matches was a chance for these on the fringe to begin staking a declare. Mumba’s dramatic return is not going to have gone unnoticed, whereas in the similar recreation Musakanda’s maiden first-class ton confirmed optimistic indicators for his continued improvement, with Musakanda having made the runs batting out of place as an opener. Tiripano additionally recorded his fourth five-wicket haul in First Class cricket throughout the recreation in Kwekwe, whereas in Harare Ervine’s 10th first-class hundred (in addition to some summer time rain), helped Tuskers safe a draw.
Mumba had not performed any skilled cricket since significantly injuring his knee in Hambantota throughout Zimbabwe’s tour of Sri Lanka final yr. The harm required reconstructive surgical procedure on his knee, in addition to 9 months of rehabilitation work, however his efficiency in opposition to Mountaineers means that Mumba has misplaced none of his zip, and he might effectively discover himself again in the nationwide set-up, particularly with the tempo cabinets a bit of barer since Blessing Muzarabani’s departure for Northamptonshire.
Admittedly, Mumba was additionally aided by a barely spongy patch on the Kwekwe Sports Club pitch, however no bowler from both aspect was ready to exploit the circumstances as successfully as he was. His evaluation is the greatest in Zimbabwean first-class cricket for any bowler taking six wickets in an innings, beating that of the nice bowler Joe Partridge who took 6 for 13 for this nation in opposition to North-Eastern Transvaal in Pretoria again in 1955-56. However, it does fall brief of the superb feat of left-arm spinner Keith Dabengwa, who in 2006-07 took seven wickets for only one run for Westerns in opposition to Northerns in the Logan Cup at Harare Sports Club.