Champions Mashonaland Eagles will be hoping for better fortunes in the New Year when they host inform Mid West Rhinos in the Logan Cup at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
The match will be a repeat of last season’s Logan Cup final where Eagles came out top to be crowned champions.
However, Eagles go in Tuesday’s match still searching for their first victory in the country’s premier first class cricket tournament in six matches.
Three draws and three losses in six matches mean Eagles currently occupy fifth position on the six team log, which is a poor record for a team that won the same tournament last year.
Eagles team manager Joseph Madyembwa said: “The guys have been working very hard and we are going into this match all-guns blazing.
“We desperately need to win this match to keep our chances of making it into the final alive.”
Eagles’ opening batsman Nic Compton, who scored a match saving century against Southern Rocks in December last year also expressed confidence in a separate interview.
“We’re a bit behind in the longer format but, for me that is a good sign because four-day cricket is the true test of a cricketer. There is enough talent in the team for us to be regarded serious contenders,” said Compton.
But they will have to contain a buoyant Rhinos.
Jason Gillespie’s charges from the Midlands secured a comprehensive innings – and 57 – run victory over basement side Southern Rocks at Kwekwe Sports Club before the Christmas break.
The home win over Rocks was their second in a row after they humbled early pacesetters Matabeleland Tuskers by 87 runs at Queens Sports Club in November last year.
Meanwhile, Southern Rocks host early pacesetters Matabeleland Tuskers in the other match at the infamously flat wicket at Masvingo Sports Club.
Tuskers could regain top spot from Mountaineers with a win over Rocks over the next four days.
No team in the league is yet to win a Logan Cup encounter at Masvingo Sports Club and players have openly complained about the condition of the lifeless pitch.