Wadlan, Sibanda crush Eagles

Vusi Sibanda pulls the ball AFP

A fine all-round performance from Bradley Wadlan helped Mid West Rhinos to a thumping innings win over Mashonaland Eagles. Wadlan, the 26-year-old Welshman, took seven wickets with his low left-armers and also made 47 as his side leapfrogged their opponents into second place in the Logan Cup table.

Wadlan began his fine match with three lower-order wickets in Eagles' first innings, helping fire them out for just 133 having been sent in. Carl Mumba led the attack with 5 for 27 - his first-class best figures. Wadlan then set about quickly establishing a lead for his side by sharing an opening stand of 62 with partner Bothwell Chapungu. Wadlan fell three short of a half-century but he helped provide a solid foundation for Vusi Sibanda to exploit.

Sibanda, the Rhinos captain, made his 17th first-class century and, with a good helping hand from Tendai Chisoro who made 66 from No. 8, went through to 173 and a total of 392 that established a 259-run first-innings lead. Wadlan then re-entered the fray with four of the top six wickets in Eagles' second innings, including Mark Pettini for 82 - the only significant score as Eagles struggled to get back into the match. They were bowled out for 233 to concede an innings defeat inside three days.

Eagles 3rd innings Partnerships

1st24C ZhuwaoSP Gupo
2nd19TN GarweC Zhuwao
3rd20ML PettiniC Zhuwao
4th48ML PettiniCT Mutombodzi
5th49ML PettiniRP Burl
6th22ML PettiniJ Gumbie
7th1GA LambML Pettini
8th17ML PettiniWP Masakadza
9th27ML PettiniT Munyaradzi
10th6T MuzarabaniT Munyaradzi