Mountaineers bag Logan Cup

HARARE - Manicaland Mountaineers have won this season’s domestic franchise Logan Cup cricket competition with a match to spare following an impressive 293-run victory over struggling Southern Rocks at Mutare Sports Club on Friday.

With the victory, Mountaineers took their points tally to 37 from six matches with one match left.

Second-placed Mashonaland Eagles with 24 points and third-placed Mid West Rhinos on 23 points can no longer catch the runaway leaders even if they win their remaining matches.

Matebeleland Tuskers and Southern Rocks have all played their matches and occupy fourth and fifth position with 16 and five points respectively.

Since the franchise system was incepted in 2010, Tuskers had turned the Logan Cup it into their personal possession by winning the competition for three years in a roll.

Mountaineers have however, broken that Tuskers homogeny with their coach Gary Brent also become the third coach to win the championship after Dave Houghton won it successively in the first two seasons (2010-2011 and 2011-2012) and Heath Streak (2012-2013) with Tuskers.

“It’s a dream come true,” Brent told the Daily News yesterday.

“We’ve spoken about it as a team and it was incredible how the youngsters stepped up whenever the national team players were away and kept the moment going.”

Experienced top order batsman Hamilton Masakadza sublime innings of 156 and 146 runs respectively in both innings ably supported by captain Tino Mawoyo’s 82 and 79 were the foundation that the home team needed to win against Rocks.

Mountaineers, who were sent in to bat first totalled 402 runs in their first innings, with Rocks’ bowlers Joseph Musorosekwa and Tendai Chisoro taking three wickets apiece while Tafadzwa Kamungozi picked up two.

The visitors trailed Mountaineers by 155 runs at the end of their first innings after reaching 247 all out with their captain Richmond Mutumbami top scoring with 83.

Mountaineers seamers did all the work with Tatenda Mupunga taking four wickets while Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano picked three and two respectively.

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