Mat Tuskers take on Mash Eagles

AN intriguing contest will be on the cards at Queens Sports Club starting today when rivals Matabeleland Tuskers and visiting Mashonaland Eagles clash in a Pro50 Championship encounter which will be followed by a Twenty20 encounter at the same venue tomorrow.

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While Tuskers will have the advantage of playing at home, there will be no clear favourite as the matches between the two sides have always had the tendency to go all the way.

Eagles have been the most consistent team through the league phase of the limited overs competitions, with their stability helping them secure top spot on the Domestic Twenty20 log and second place on the Pro50 Championship log.

The Steven Mangongo-coached side has, however, failed to reproduce that good form in the Logan Cup competition where they are placed right at the bottom of the log without a win in four matches.

In contrast, Tuskers — coached by Heath Streak — have reserved their best for the Logan Cup and are unbeaten in four matches, but have not been as invincible in the limited overs competitions.

The Heath Streak coached side anchors the log standings in the Twenty20s with just one win in six outings, but have been much better in the Pro50 competition where they are in third position and just two points behind Eagles.

Tuskers will be eager for some revenge to atone for their two defeats against Eagles in the corresponding fixtures last year at Harare Sports Club when they lost both limited overs matches.

Eagles were then under the tutelage of the late Kevin Curran, who tragically passed away just a week after the two matches in October.

Eagles won a fiercely contested Pro50 encounter by one wicket with just four balls to spare before returning the next day to comfortably win the Twenty20 match by 71 runs.

Tuskers, however, got some revenge in the Logan Cup where they crashed their rivals by 312 runs a month later at Queens Sports Club to keep their unbeaten record intact.

Meanwhile, in Mutare, Mountaineers hosts Kwekwe-based MidWest Rhinos in a Pro50 match today followed by a Twenty20 encounter tomorrow.

Both matches take place at Mutare Sports Club.

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