Logan Cup 2013-14 April 26, 2014

Maruma, Matizwa help Mountaineers clinch title

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Centuries from Timycen Maruma and Forster Mutizwa helped Mountaineers secure the Logan Cup with a 43-run win against Rhinos at the Kwekwe Sports Club. Mountaineers were all but assured of the title coming into the game, and Eagles' defeat of Tuskers on Friday meant that they could not be overhauled at the top of the table.

Mountaineers, put in to bat, could only muster 136 in the first innings, with none of the batsmen producing a fifty. Left-arm spinner Kudakwashe Bhasikoro was the pick of Rhinos' bowlers, and finished with 3 for 26 to help bundle Mountaineers out in 51.1 overs.

Malcolm Waller then hit an unbeaten 105 and added 78 for the third wicket with Vusi Sibanda to help Rhinos to 239 and earn the team a 103-run lead. Shingi Masakadza picked up five wickets for Mountaineers while Donald Tiripano chipped in with three.

Mountaineers received a blow in their second innings when the opener Tino Mawoyo had to leave the field when on 18 due to an injury, but Maruma and Mutizwa soon took charge by batting together for nearly 57 overs during a 168-run stand. Maruma drilled eight fours and four sixes during his 113 while Mutizwa's 102 not out included six fours, propelling the team to 345 and setting Rhinos 243 for victory.

Rhinos, however, were pegged back by wickets rights from the off, as Masakadza, Tiripano and Tapiwa Mufudza ran through the line-up for 199 in 60.1 overs.

Tuskers were the only team to play eight matches in the tournament, as Mountaineers, Eagles, Rhinos and Rocks each refused to play a game due to a strike from the players.

Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva and Elton Chigumbura all hit centuries, as Eagles thumped Tuskers by an innings and 130 runs at the Harare Sports Club. Tuskers, put in to bat, were never really in the match, and their momentum was thwarted by wicket right from the off in the first innings. John Nyumbu, coming in at No.8, top-scored with 60, but received little by way of support, as Brian Vitori snared five wickets to bundle Tuskers out for 178.

The Eagles lost Nick Welch in the third over of their innings, but Raza (109) strung together big partnerships for the next two wickets to take the team close to the 200-run mark. Chakabva (104) and Chigumbura (120) then enforced the team's advantage by batting together for more than 45 overs during a fifth-wicket association which yielded 175 runs. Steve Chimhawhiwa and Nyumbu accounted for nine wickets, but handy contributions from the captain Tinotenda Mutombodzi (46) and Admire Manyumwa (39) down the order propelled Eagles to 527, earning them a lead of 349.

Tuskers would have hoped for a better show with the bat in the second innings, but while their top and middle order all made starts, none of them could push on and make a half-century. Vitori notched three wickets while Raza, Prosper Utseya and Mutombodzi picked up two scalps apiece to dismiss Tuskers for 219 in 51.2 overs.

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  • Julian on May 1, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    a blind man can play spin better than Vusi so putting him in the middle order wont do him any favours .....

    Yes Tinashe would be very unlucky to miss out but I just feel the extra pace from Shingi would be better but I wouldn't complain either way ....

    Utseya is useless in test cricket his average of 41 is only slightly better than that of Cremer's a guy who u dismissed on countless times, and Utseya has always bowled in favourable conditions un-like Cremer who debuted as an 18 year old and had to take on the South Africans a few months later. South Africa will destroy Utseya in tests !!!!!

    And don't flatter yourself I highly doubt Raza took any notice of your comments I don't think any players would .....

  • ZCF on May 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Vusi is an opener. All the more reason why his modest successes count for much more. Slot in BT&Williams to open then we can talk. Last I checked neither of those including Waller wanted to open, only for Mutizwa, Chakabva&Maruma to do so each time. Embarassingly even in the weakened Logan Cup too they hide! Raza probably came across one of my scathing comments directed at these cowardly attitudes and opted to open, but crucially he failed against the best attack Mountaineers, while he succeded against the weakest. No thanks! Williams' occasional contributions coupled with cowardice won't be rewarded with a Test spot. Besides he's gotten out stupidly at crucial times far too often. Guys like Elton,Vusi&Maruma would surely have made their knocks count far more from the middle order after those starts.

    Shingi+Chatara+Vitori+Mushangwe minus TP&PU! It's pretty clear you underate Test cricket going in with rookies who can be destroyed within their first spells of a 180+ overs long innings.

  • Julian on April 29, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    @ ZCFOutkast

    So Williams form hasnt been good enough but Vusi's has ??? No one has had a more generous run in the side than Vusi so once again you show your bias ....

    for what its worth my side would be Mawoyo, Vusi, Hami, BRMT c, Williams, Chakabva w/k, Chigs, Shingi, Mushangwe, Vitori & Chatara

    I would like to see Regis open but the fact he doesn't at 1st class level means it's too big a risk so with no other competition Vusi keeps his place ....

    Mutumbami is very unlucky to miss out but Regis has been irresistible with the bat and Malcolm and Raza are also unlucky to miss out after their previous performances in the Pakistan series but Sean Williams has to play as he adds left hander to the batting lineup and his left arm spinners could also be useful .....

    Chigs stays but he must bowl otherwise he can be replaced by either Mutumbami, Waller, Raza or Maruma ...

    Tinashe again unlucky to miss out but Shingi, Vitori and Chatara have that extra pace to trouble top batsman .....

  • Graham on April 29, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    The Logan Cup this year was First Class cricket in name alone...The best players thrived but gained little..Against SA the pitch will be flat and boring as Zimbabwe try to protect their batsmen . This however will lead to massive SA innings totals. (plural?) well maybe just the one innings. Decline has continued to a new low. No cricket now until the SA series? preparation in nets with bowling machines, limited coaching credentials and no "live" practice. What a mess.

  • ZCF on April 29, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    I was one of the many clamouring for Williams' return to the game, & was happy when he did. Especially when he chose the Tuskers. Overall upon reflection I've seen little which suggests to me that he will add comparably better value to our Test middle order in the long term. So Williams is out from my standpoint, & in any case he will abandon the game sooner rather than later so not worth the effort of the technical team to assist him rectify flaws either.

    If Kyle Jarvis was still playing for Zimabwe in the last tour, Pakistan would've won both matches by an innings within four days, Hafeez would've been man of the match both times plus man of the series. Instead of being dropped he would've replaced Misbah as Test captain SA Tests. I'm sorry but right now Panyangara is the pivot that gives our attack relevance.

    Raza's purple patch is recent having failed FC for a number of seasons. If we are to go for prolonged consistent domestic performances then Maruma&Mutumbami are ahead of him.

  • Kuda on April 29, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Nduru, every test match is crucial and especially the ones with the big teams like SA. we will be doubtlessly exposed, but there will be positives that will surface. you can imagine if we get a Test Century from Chakabva, it will do us a world of good for future matches. ZFC Outcast your team selection is not all that bad but i think what is missing like what Nduru pointed out is in the middle order where Williams can come in instead of Maruma (who develops butterflies whenever he get s a stint at national level). if we are going to go with form during the Logan Cup then we would have have to assess the likes of Mark Vemuluen as well Richmond Mutumbami. the bowing department will be the most critical going into the SA tests as it will be difficult to get 20 wickets if we do not have strike bowlers. Tinashe has been very economical this season but his strike rate is low. this is where you start missing our 'forgotten heroes' in the name of Kyle Jarvis and the upcoming Glen Querl.

  • Andrew on April 28, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    ZCF Outkast, you are kidding yourself as usual. "This lot" will be nowhere near competitive against South Africa. They will be blown away. Scoring centuries against useless bowlers in our local competition is no preparation for test cricket. Maruma is nowhere near test quality - even Waller would be a better prospect. And why does your XI leave out Williams and Raza, who are two of the better players on offer (Raza has proved he is more than a slogger)? Vusi, as well, has not performed well enough, as his poor average is a testament to. While Tino has shown flashes of brilliance and the correct temperament for tests, he is has also not followed up on his initial promise. Hammy continues to be a flat track bully who underperforms at test level. Of course, its good to see Elton's batting coming on, and Taylor is our only properly world-class player. Another problem is that we have no attacking spinner now, which every test team needs. The test against SA is bad idea which will expose us.

  • ZCF on April 27, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    Interestng times for cricket in Zimbabwe. Great to see so many players putting their hands up. Congratulations to the Goats for finally clinching it. Clearly my beloved Tuskers need the kind of overhaul Mourinho did to the Tinkerman's Chelsea squad. So how have the players affected the look of Zim's test squad? Not much really. Mawoyo, Chakabva, Hami(c), Vusi, Taylor(wk), Elton, Maruma, Utseya, Panyangara, Vitori, Chatara. This lot should be competitive against SA. Utseya&Panyangara will have to bowl long spells plus keep things very tight, while Chatara&Vitori are given license to attack in short bursts. It seems there'll be a number of suspect lefthanders for Chigumbura to feast on too so his contribution will be key. Chakabva has been excellent. Hopefully he plays and proves himself as an opener so Vusi can give us more from his natural middle order position.

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