LOGAN CUP MATCH: TUSKERS v SOUTHERN ROCKS
Day 1: 13 November 2012, at Queens Sports Club
Close of play: Southern Rocks (152) v Tuskers (55/1)
Christopher Mpofu reminded people what he is capable of with the ball on a blazing day one in Bulawayo, as his six wickets for Tuskers helped to bowl the Rocks out for a paltry 152, at the Queens Sports Club.
It was always going to be interesting for a returning Dave Houghton, who has twice won the Logan Cup with Tuskers and arguably the best ever batsmen from Zimbabwe, taking on Heath Streak – the best ever bowler from Zimbabwe. Thanks to the lanky Magwegwe Express, it is advantage Streak on day one.
Winning the toss, Tinashe Panyangara chose to bat – a decision his side seemed to back up as only one wicket fell before lunch. There must have been something in the lunch as the Tuskers took six wickets for 75 runs in the afternoon session. The only real resistance came from Benjamin Slater (37) and Peter Burgoyne (29).
The day obviously belonged to Mpofu who, in the recent past, has been over- shadowed by Glenn Querl. He put up an excellent bowling performance, finishing with six wickets for 19 runs in 16 overs, with 7 maidens.
Tuskers were slow and methodical in their run-chase, with Terrence Duffin and Brian Chari looking set to see play to stumps. Chari was however trapped leg-before-wicket by Tafadzwa Kamungozi two overs to the end. Duffin was undefeated on 30 with Querl as night-watchman on five.
Tuskers will resume on day two 97 behind, and with nine first innings wickets intact.