Sean Williams and Keith Dabengwa’s centuries set Matabeleland Tuskers on the way to a big score after finishing day one with a first innings score of 339 for five in a Logan Cup cricket encounter at Country Club on Thursday.
The experienced pair of Williams (127) and Dabengwa (114) scored centuries and shared a third wicket partnership of 228 runs as Tuskers continued their good batting form in the tournament.
At stumps wicketkeeper/ batsman Adam Wheater had just opened his account while skipper Gavin Ewing was on four runs.
Eagles won the toss and elected to field a decision that seemed to pay dividends when opener Terrence Duffin perished early for just four runs after being caught by player/coach Andrew Hall off new signing Chad Keegan’s delivery.
Tuskers’ Paul Horton (64) led Tuskers’ recovery sharing 79 runs with Williams for the second wicket partnership which set the platform for the latter and Dabengwa.
The two shared an identical knock together in the Intercontinental match for Zimbabwe XI against Ireland at Harare Sports Club last month.
Veteran seamer Douglas Hondo was the pick of the bowlers for Eagles with figures of three for 39 runs in 15 overs while fellow seamer Keegan grabbed two wickets for 49 runs in 16 overs.
South African born Keegan is on the books of Essex in England and is expected to add venom in the Eagles’ bowling department.
Mashonaland Eagles will have their work cut out on Friday as they will be aiming to wipe off Tuskers’ remaining four wickets early, although it will be difficult task.
At Kwekwe Sports Club, Mid West Rhinos put up yet another dominant batting display to finish day one on 323 for three in their first innings against log leaders Mountaineers.
Inform Brendon Taylor led from the front with 110 runs off 142 balls and shared a first wicket partnership of 227 runs with another centurion Gary Balance who scored 104 runs.
Off-spinner Prosper Utseya struck two wickets in one over to remove Balance and Vusimuzi Sibanda for a duck to finish with two wickets for 69 runs in 23 overs.
Part-time bowler Hamilton Masakadza grabbed the other wicket as there was no breakthrough for the seamers in the absence of Shingirai Masakadza.