Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 January
At Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo – Matabeleland Tuskers v Mashonaland Eagles;
At Mutare Sports Club, Mountaineers v Mid-West Rhinos.
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January
At Kwekwe Sports Club, Mid-West Rhinos v Matabeleland Tuskers;
At Triangle, Southern Rocks v Mountaineers.
Pro50 matches to be played on the first day, T20 matches on the second.
All matches start at 0930 hours, weather permitting.
The domestic one-day competitions are drawing to a close, with the final two rounds of matches being played next week.
The top two teams in both the Pro50 and the T20 competitions will play a final at the venue of the team topping the log.
In the Pro50 competition, three teams are still in contention. Mid-West Rhinos top the table at present with 21 points, and they will have to play pretty badly to lose out on the final. Mashonaland Eagles are second with 19 points, but they have only one match left, while Mid-West Rhinos and Matabeleland Tuskers (17 points) have two. The clash between Matabeleland Tuskers and Mashonaland Eagles at Queens in Bulawayo on Wednesday is critical, as the winner will be in the final, with the loser dropping out unless Mid-West Rhinos suffer two disastrous matches.
In the T20, the gaps between the teams are so great that the final is already clear: Mashonaland Eagles (30 points to date) will be at home to Mountaineers (18), with the other three teams still in single figures. Mid-West Rhinos (9 points) do have a mathematical chance of overtaking Mountaineers, but that would require some remarkable circumstances.
Southern Rocks are to be congratulated on a new venture – this coming weekend they will be leaving Masvingo Sports Club to play their matches against Mountaineers at Triangle Country Club. It is many years since a major match was played at Triangle in the neglected southeast of the country, so this should open up new frontiers for Southern Rocks, who have two Logan Cup victories to their credit this season, but have had a dismal time in the one-day tournaments.
Having said all this, rain may well have a say in some or all of these matches, which would be a real disappointment as we reach the climax of the domestic one-day season.