Day 3: 15 November 2012, at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo
Close of Play: Tuskers (378) v Rocks (152 & 243/7)
Former Milton High School student Richmond Mutumbami played an innings that will further enhance his claim to be the next Test wicket-keeper for the national team.
Mutumbami (75) batted with maturity and Tuskers must have feared the worst when he was going, in their Logan Cup match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. However, he fell to that man again – Glenn Querl – when he looked set for his second hundred of the season.
Resuming on their overnight score of 17, the openers where again steady without ever threatening to run away with the game.
When it looked like Tuskers would toil in the Bulawayo heat, up stepped Christopher Mpofu, to rearrange the furniture of Kudzi Maunze (30) with an
In-swinging full delivery. Ben Slater was out immediately after lunch for a well played 42, falling to Moeene Ali.
A couple of quick wickets then made an early return to the Ancient City a distinct possibility. However Mutumbami and former under-19 captain, Prince Masvaure, both scored half centuries to let the Rocks fight another day. The two put on 68 for the fifth wicket.
Masvaure remained unbeaten on 62 at the close of play. Tuskers edged closer to victory with the late wickets of Tendai Chisoro (15) and Trevor Garwe (0).
Ali was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 67 runs off 27 overs. Tuskers will hope to wrap up the tail early tomorrow without too much damage to the scoreboard.
The last day will resume at Queens at 1000 hours tomorrow.