LOGAN CUP MATCH: MOUNTAINEERS VERSUS SOUTHERN ROCKS
Day One at Mutare Sports Club, Tuesday 05 February 2013
Greg Lamb scored a massive 139 runs to put Mountaineers in a commanding position as they were bowled out for 309 runs for seven wickets. Mountaineers host the Southern Rocks in Mutare Sports Club in a Logan Cup match.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, choosing to use Jethro Maundzi and Dan Hodgson as their opening batsman. Hodgson was the first to depart in the tenth over after contributing just seven runs with Maundzi managing ten runs also heading for the pavilion four overs later. Kevin Kasuza was joined by Mark Pettini at the crease and the duo looked set to occupy until the end of the first day. Kasuza looked positive on the bad balls and seemed to respect the good ones but mistimed a Tanyadzwa Munyaradzi delivery in the 26th over and had his off stump uprooted, leaving the score on 50 for three.
National team hopeful Tymcen Maruma was Munyaradzi's second victim as he was caught by Prince Masvaure. Then entered a composed Lamb who took his time to settle in and carefully selected his shots in a 191 ball old innings. Lamb fired 13 fours and three sixes before he falling victim of a Tinashe Panyangara spectacular ball that removed his middle stump and left revellers wondering if Lamb had taken the correct guard. His departure left the hosts on 298, his partnership with Pettini yielded 150 runs . Pettini had earlier failed to deal comprehensively with a Mathew Pardoe delivery as he was caught behind by an impressive wicketkeeper Richard Mutumbami for 83 runs.
Kudzai Sauramba scored 38 runs in the cause for the hosts however he was the only batsman after Pettini and Lamb to get into the meaningful double figures. At the close of day one Shingi Masakadza and Donald Tiripano were at the crease on 6 and 4 runs respectively.
The pick of the Bowlers for the Rocks was Tawanda Mupariwa and Munyaradzi who had picked up two wickets each. Mupariwa got his pair after 18 overs conceding 40 runs and seven maidens while young Munyaradzi gave away 35 runs in 9 overs. Pardoe, Panyangara and Trevor Garwe picked up a wicket each although they struggled in a wicket that favoured batsmen.
Play resumes at 10 am at Mutare Sports Club