MATABELELAND Tuskers stretched their 100% record in this year’s Logan Cup competition to five matches after completing a three-wicket victory over MidWest Rhinos at Kwekwe Sports Club yesterday.
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Centuries from Sean Williams (118) and Charles Coventry (106 not-out) ensured two-time champions remained on course for a third consecutive title in the country’s premier domestic cricket competition.
The exciting two, who had recently fallen out with local cricket authorities, shared a sixth wicket partnership stand of 186 runs to ensure Tuskers, who began the day seemingly in trouble at 91 for four, comfortably chased down Rhinos’ winning target of 340 runs before tea on the fourth day of the match.
Tuskers’ win was never in doubt from day one, when they bundled out Rhinos for a measly 65 runs in their first innings with seamers Keegan Meth and Glen Querl grabbing four and five wickets respectively.
The Heath Streak-coached side replied with a modest 216 all out which gave them a first innings lead of 141 runs.
However, an unbeaten double century from Nathan Waller (208 not out) and Brendan Taylor’s 140 run knock in Rhinos second innings score of 491 all-out, left Tuskers facing a tough run chase of 340 runs for victory.
Despite losing some early wickets, Coventry and Williams held firm to lead their side to a well-deserved win.
Meanwhile, in Masvingo, Tawanda Mupariwa and Tinashe Panyangara needed 15,3 overs to demolish Mountaineers for 26 in their chase of 64 on Thursday.
Southern Rocks ended up winning by a comfortable margin of 37 runs after having been blown away for 58 in their second innings by Shingirai Masakadza and Tendai Chatara.
Masakadza had picked up four wickets in the first innings as well, after Mountaineers chose to field, as Rocks managed 164 with the help of Trevor Garwe’s unbeaten 41.
Mountaineers replied with 159, Mark Pettini making 40 and Mupariwa taking 4 for 30. Rocks imploded in 30,4 overs in the second innings, with just three batsmen making double-digit scores. Masakadza and Chatara picked up eight wickets between them.
Mountaineers needed 64, but five of their batsmen registered ducks, and the highest score was 7. Mupariwa took his best figures of 6 for 17 while Panyangara had 4 for 4.