Mark Vermuelen struck an unbeaten century as Mountaineers beat Matabeleland Tuskers by five wickets on the final day of the four day Logan Cup cricket match at Queens Sports Club yesterday.
After being ditched by his club Tuskers during the season break, Vermuelen hit back in the biggest way smashing 111 off 158 balls, including 15 boundaries as Mountaineers reached 250-5 after 70.4 overs in their second innings.
Tuskers had made 267 from their first innings, aided by a Charles Coventry century, but when they failed to reach more than 300 in their second innings, only managing 236, it was game for the Mountaineers chase.
The visitors had gone into the chase with 256 from the first innings before Vermeulen’s century and Tino Mawoyo’s 40 pushed them to the five wicket victory as the Tuskers attack struggled.
In Masvingo, the match between Southern Rocks and Mashonaland Eagles ended in a draw yesterday.
Rocks were 325 in their first innings and declared on 449 for the loss of five wickets in the second while Eagles had declared their first innings tally of 331 and made 26 not out in their second before the match ended.
In the log standings after the first round, where MidWest Rhinos had a bye, Mountaineers are at the top with six points, Eagles and Tuskers on second and third position with a point each respectively while Rocks anchor with no point.