LOGAN CUP MATCH: MIDWEST RHINOS vs. MOUNTAINEERS
Day Three at Kwekwe Sports Club, 31 January 2013
Result: Mountaineers won by 55 runs
Mountaineers went into the third day of the Logan Cup match at the Kwekwe Sports Club with an overnight lead of 230 runs.
It took Mid-West Rhinos 51 minutes to remove the remaining batters, with Shingirai Masakadza perishing to Edward Rainsford leg-before-wicket for 20.
Chasing 286 to win with all wickets intact, the host’s top order collapsed again, playing far too many shots.
Vusimuzi Sibanda (23) was the first one to go when he was bowled by Shingirai Masakadza playing the wrong line. Jaik Mickleburgh went on to contribute a patient 43, but Mark Vermeulen came in at number three and did not worry the scorers as he was bowled by Masakadza for a duck.
Graeme Cremer and Mluleki Nkala offered a bit of resistance, and then were out for 29 and 64 respectively. Thereafter, wickets started tumbling and the host were 230 all out.
Masakadza and Gregory Lamb bowled well, each claiming three wickets. Mushangwe went for 80 runs off 20.5 overs and took two wickets.
It is really disappointing to note that two Logan Cup matches played in Kwekwe this year ended in three days and yet both were played on a good batting wicket!
This shows the inexperience of the batsmen in this form of the game as they lack the patience to occupy the crease and display poor judgement in shot selection and lines.
As a result, there are no partnerships and wickets fall with alarming regularity. In the latest match, 11 wickets fell on the first day, 16 on the second and 13 on the third.
Clearly there is still quite some work for the coaches!