Tuskers under siege

KWEKWE - Eddie Byrom scored his maiden First Class ton after reaching 152 on debut to guide Rising Stars to a healthy 400-run lead in their second innings of the on-going Logan Cup match against Matabeleland Tuskers yesterday.

This is the second Logan Cup ton be scored on this field this season after Brendan Taylor's 113 for Mid West Rhinos against Rising Stars at the beginning of October.

Byrom, who plays for England's Somerset 2nd XI, resumed the day batting on 78 runs together with Taffy Mupariwa, who was dismissed early in the day without adding further runs to his overnight score of 14 runs.

It was however, 20-year-old Byrom playing in only his first Logan Cup match, who made it an innings to remember.

the left hander belted out 22 boundaries as he faced 327 deliveries during 407-minute stay on the crease.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe (36), skipper Tarisai Musakanda (29) and Ryan Burl (23) weighed in with double digits scores before Rising Stars declared on 307/7d shortly after tea leaving Tuskers to face the last 21 overs of the day.

With the Rising Stars bowling attack being their main weapon of destruction it did not take them long to claim their first wicket.

It was bowler of the moment, seamer Richard Ngarava, who had opener Mduduzi Fuzwayo caught behind by wicketkeeper Tafadzwa Tsiga for 12 runs in the seventh over.

Towering seamer Blessing Muzarabani claimed the priceless wicket of Charles Kunje (23) who was the mainstay of Tuskers' first innings with a defiant 64 runs in the 16th over.

Kunje was trapped LBW while attempting to play across the line and in the next over the script turned from bad to worse after opening batsman Brian Chari was caught by Byrom off legspinner Brendan Mavuta to leave Tuskers reeling on 68/3 after 16.2 overs.

The match enters the fourth and final day this morning with Tuskers needing a mammoth 317 runs with seven wickets remaining.

Sean Handirisi (9) and Luke Jongwe (6) carry Tuskers' hopes when play resumes this morning.

Comments (1)

thanks for giving me this opportunity to express my views concerning cricket in Zimbabwe. I personally think that Zimbabwe Cricket should put a 10 year developmental plan that should see them engaging former First class cricketers so that they can employ them as developmental coaches. if this has been done , they should introduce an amateur league where all developmental teams should play against each other in provinces. Lets say two teams per province , thats makes up 18 teams and these should be under 16 and 18 teams. I think this will make the ZC to identify talent at a tender age. I have observed that a lot of talent is being ''wasted'', like players from group B&C schools , after finishing O Level ,they are left to go , thereby loosing talent. I would like to apploud what Heath Streak is doing , his academy its a good project , but if you dont have money you wont go there. May the ZC compliment what Mr Streak is doing by engaging Dave Houghton so that they can reopen CFX academy. My heart bleeds when our national team is in action, seeing them crumbling . I believe our country has got good and quality players who are out there who needs to be nurtured. Look at Bangladesh how they have developed in the last 10years. They were know as the whipping boys , but now they are a force to reckon. We the Chevrons we know that they can play better than us. ZC we need you to revive cricket for us please. our rankings are not good.

ranganai mabuda - 27 October 2017

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