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Logan Cup gets underway

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As the euphoria of hosting the legendary Brian Lara last week settles down focus will now shift to the country’s premier domestic first-class competition, the Logan Cup.

The matches will take place from today until Thursday and Midwest Rhinos have been given a bye and will play their first game against Southern Rocks on September 14.

Two matches are lined up this week; with a new look Mountaineers host Matabeleland Tuskers at Mutare Sports Club while defending champions Mashonaland Eagles are being hosted by Southern Rocks Masvingo Sports Club.

The stakes are equally balanced in both matches after all the teams made some changes during the just ended domestic season break.

The defending champions will have to do without their skipper Elton Chigumbura and new coach Andrew Hall as they still have to complete their contractual obligations with Northamptonshire in the English county.

Southern Rocks who are now coached by former England international Monty Lynch have one of the most solid batting lineups on the domestic scene since the arrival of Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri.

They also have in form Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha and Kenyan international Steve Tikolo; however their bowling still remains very lightweight as compared to other teams.

In the other match, Mountaineers who are now under the guidance of Allan Donald will be hoping to win the only trophy that eluded them last season.

This season they will not have Taibu, Matsikenyeri and Njabulo Ndlovu who have since been replaced by Englishmen Antonio Palladino, and Gareth Cross and forgotten pace bowler Tinashe Panyangara.

The former Mountaineers pace bowler Ndlovu will face off his former paymasters and will team up with Andy Blignaut, Christopher Mpofu and Tawanda Mpariwa in the bowling attack.

Tuskers will be aiming for better fortunes after enduring a nightmarish run of form last season despite having some of the best players on the local scene.

Offspinning all-rounder Gavin Ewing retained the captaincy while former national team greats Dave Houghton and Heath Streak will be the coaches.

The Bulawayo based team has the best to offer in local talent in Gregory Strydom, Charles Coventry, Keith Dabengwa and Terry Duffin also in their side.

They also signed two foreign players; Englishman young Adam Wheater and South African all-rounder Niel Carter who plays for Warwickshire in England.

It remains to be seen if Tuskers will shake off the under-achievers tag or if Mountaineers will continue with their good run on the domestic scene.

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