Tiripano, Chatara destroy Rhinos
Mountaineers 245 (Chirimuta 105, Lewis 6-52) beat Mid West Rhinos 61 (Tiripano 5-26) and 88 (Chatara 5-35) by an innings and 96 runs
Mountaineers cemented their place at the top of the Castle Logan Cup table with a crushing innings-and-96-run victory over second-placed Mid West Rhinos at the Kwekwe Sports Club. Their new-ball bowlers Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano ran through Rhinos' batting line-up twice on the third day, bowling them out for 61 in the first innings and then 88 in the second. It meant the match was over in two days, since the first one had been almost completely washed out.
Most of Mountaineers' batsmen struggled on the second day, but there were two standout innings: a gutsy 52 by opener Tino Mawoyo and a 108-ball 105 by 19-year-old Gary Chirimuta. Those two scores helped Mountaineers get to 245 in their first innings. Rhinos seamer Justin Lewis picked up six wickets, but it was the Mountaineers' quicks who did the telling damage. Tiripano struck on the second day itself, leaving Rhinos 14 for 1 at stumps, but it was just a precursor for the carnage the seamers were to unfold on Monday. Tiripano took five in the first innings, while Chatara took three. They then exchanged roles for the second innings, with Chatara taking the five-for and Tiripano chipping in with two scalps. Rhinos batsmen were hapless, with only two getting to double figures in the first innings and three in the second.