A ten-for from fast bowler Michael Chinouya helped Mid West Rhinos to an innings and 92-run win in their first Logan Cup of the season, against Southern Rocks at the Masvingo Sports Club. Chinouya took five wickets in each innings to finish with a career-best match haul of 10 for 76, and was ably backed up by batsmen Brendan Taylor and Jaik Mickleburgh in the thumping victory.
Rhinos chose to bowl and did not let any of the Rocks batsmen build big innings. None of the batsmen even got to a half-century, wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbami's 45 being the top score as they were bowled out in 50 overs for 149. Rhinos began their innings strongly, with two half-century stands, but the bedrock of their total of 398 was the third-wicket stand of 187 between Taylor and Mickleburgh. That helped them to a lead of 249, which was comfortably beyond the Rocks line-up that failed a second time. Again it was only keeper Mutumbami who touched 40, and again they were bowled out in 50 overs, this time for 157.
377 (Mawoyo 130, Chinyoka 5-66) & 237 for 4 (Pettini 104*, Maruma 71*) beat Mashonaland Eagles
343 (Chibhabha 62) & 270 (Mutombodzi 100, Mushangwe 4-98) by six wicketsScorecard
Mashonaland Eagles suffered their second defeat in as many games in the Logan Cup, as they went down to Mountaineers by six wickets at the Mutare Sports Club.
Eagles chose to bat and contributions from the whole line-up - Nos. 1 to 9 got into double digits - helped them to a competitive 343. Unlike Eagles, Mountaineers built their innings around three main contributors: opener Tino Mawoyo top scored with 130, while Timycen Maruma and Kevin Kasuza contributed half-centuries down the order to carry Mountaineers past Eagles' score, to 377.
In the second innings, Mountaineers - chiefly thanks to fast bowler Tendai Chatara - were able to knock off Eagles top order with ease, reducing them to 15 for 4. However, a rearguard effort from Tinotenda Mutombodzi, who made a hundred, and Regis Chakabva and Sikandar Raza - both of whom fell for 49 - lifted them to 270. Chasing 237, Mountaineers too were in early trouble at 13 for 3 but partnerships of 98 and 126 followed among Mark Pettini, Greg Lamb and Maruma, to carry them to victory.