Mountaineers to parade Logan Cup trophy

HARARE – Mountaineers are relishing a chance to play their matches at home when the Pro 50 Championship gets underway next week and kick-start their Logan Cup victory celebrations at Mutare Sports Club.

Mountaineers powered to a 10-wicket win over hapless Eagles at Old Hararians Sports Club on Sunday to lift the country’s premier first class competition with a game to spare.

The victory took Mountaineers to 36 points from five matches, a seven-point lead over second-placed  Rhinos, who saw their hopes of fighting for this year’s title fade after drawing against basement side Tuskers at Harare Sports Club on the same day.

“We are taking the trophy home to Mutare when we go and play the Pro 50 matches against Eagles on February 23 and 24,” Mountaineers head coach Shepherd Makunura told the Daily News.

“It’s a great feeling after our false start where we lost our first match to the Rhinos; the boys showed a lot of character by bouncing back and ensuring that we won the title with one game still to play.

“Great to see some youngsters like William Mashinge and Tafadzwa Tsiga coming in and contributing to our overall success.”

Seamer Shingi Masakadza claimed a hat-trick against the Eagles, the first one in domestic red ball cricket since the one taken by the now retired Taurai Muzarabani four years ago for Eagles against Tuskers.

“He (Shingi) is a seasoned campaigner who is an asset to us. His hat-trick came at a crucial period of the game and did put us in a good position,” Makunura said.

“I personally feel he still has a few good years left in him.”

It was also two Logan Championships in two seasons for inspirational skipper Tino Mawoyo whose career had earlier been threatened by a knee injury.

“He has a good cricket brain and a lot of youngsters feed off him,” Makunura said of Mawoyo.

Mountaineers wind-down their Logan Cup season with a date against Tuskers at Harare Sports Club starting tomorrow.

“We will give a few other guys some game time but we will still be strong,” Makunura said.


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