LOGAN CUP: MATABELELAND TUSKERS VERSUS MID-WEST RHINOS
Day Two at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Wednesday 06 February, 2013
Matabeleland Tuskers (352/5) vs Mid-West Rhinos
After losing the entire first day’s play to the rain, Rhinos won the toss and had no hesitation asking the Tuskers to bat, in their Logan Cup match at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
With the moist weather around and one of the more impressive seam attacks going around it appeared as though the home side would be under severe pressure.
Terrence Duffin and fellow opener Brian Chari did not seem too bothered, the former first scoring shots – three fours down the ground. However, both batsmen fell softly: Duffin (40) played a mistimed pull to mid-wicket and Chari (20) snapped up at short cover.
New boy Bilal Shafayat (114) and Keith Dabengwa (49) continued the good work and took Tuskers past 200.
Tuskers continued to drive home the good start with Sean Williams celebrating his Test call up, going past 50 in fine style. At the close he was unbeaten on 78, getting good support from Glen Querl who was also unbeaten on 28.
The other batsman out was skipper Gavin Ewing, who was trapped in front without bothering the scorers.
At the end of a marathon day’s play, Tuskers were in the pound seats with 352 runs for the loss of five wickets.
The big question now is how long Tuskers will bat before a declaration. This will go a long way to show if they are playing for a draw or trying for a victory.
Play will resume at 0930 hours tomorrow.