The Logan Cup season finished in bitter disappointment for Mountaineers, the winners of the inaugural Stanbic Twenty20 Cup after they were thumped by Midwest Rhinos by eight wickets in three days at Mutare Sports Club on Thursday.
The Mutare-based side had anticipated a place in the final, but they struggled after two days in which they posted a first innings total of 212, and they had no great heroics in their second innings.
Despite early jitters, Midwest got home mainly on the back of a devastating innings of 62 not out from Brendan Taylor.
At one stage Mountaineers were 75 for five and looked to be tumbling headlong towards an early defeat.
They should have been worse off still, as Prosper Utseya was dropped off a sharp chance to second slip before he had scored the ball travelling for four.
Midwest paid quite heavily for this error, as the pair of Utseya and Hamilton Masakadza almost doubled the total while in partnership, putting on 62 runs together.
The deficit was erased just before lunch. Mountaineers went in for the break just six runs ahead.
However, the afternoon session all but extinguished their hopes.
Neither batsman lasted long after lunch. Utseya was the first to go, caught in the gully off Rainsford for 32, but the celebrations really took off with the fall of Masakadza.