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Chakabva, Vermeulen put Eagles in strong position

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MID West Rhinos 296 all-out Mashonaland Eagles 298 for three (91.0 overs) Mashonaland Eagles lead by 2 runs with 7 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
MASHONALAND Eagles batsmen Regis Chakabva and Mark Vermeulen shared a brilliant 230-run third wicket partnership as the hosts took firm control on day two of the Logan Cup cricket match against Mid West Rhinos at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

DANIEL NHAKANISO,SPORTS REPORTER

The pair’s 230-run third wicket partnership stand and a quick-fire unbeaten 42 off just 49 balls from Sikandar Raza left Mash Eagles well placed on 298 for three from 91 overs in reply to Rhinos’ first innings today of 296 on the opening day.

After Brendan Taylor scored the first century of the Logan Cup competition on the opening day, Chakabva stole the limelight with a career-best 147 not-out to help his team take a slender two-run lead.

Chakabva, who reached his fifth first-class century soon after the tea interval before going on to add a further 47 runs was a marvel to watch all afternoon.
His innings so far included 19 boundaries and a six as he was hardly troubled by the Rhinos bowlers.

Vermeulen, who was making his debut for Eagles had also played brilliantly in his knock, but was unlucky in the end as he presented a simple catch to Neville Madziva at mid-off, off the bowling of Michael Chinouya, just a single short of what would have been his 15th first class century.

Earlier Mash Eagles had resumed the day under pressure having lost the wicket of Keith Kondo in the last over of the opening day on Monday without a run on the board.
The home side was them made much harder when Chamu Chibhabha was clean bowled by Michael Chinouya in the eighth over with Eagles having put just 10 runs on the board before Vermeulen and Chakabva rescued the innings.

Meanwhile, at Masvingo Sports Club, Southern Rocks stuttered to 146 for six courtesy of a half century by Richmond Mutumbami as the defending Logan Cup champions, Matabeleland Tuskers finished the second day on top.

Seamer Tawanda Mupariwa and spinner John Nyumbu claimed two wickets apiece to leave Rocks trailing by 138 runs and with just four wickets in hand.

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