After playing three rounds of Logan Cup matches, with each franchise playing 12 First Class games, the 2009/2010 season final was played over five days (30 March to 3 April 2010) between the top 2 teams on the log Mash Eagles and Mid West Rhinos.
After looking like a dull draw for the last two days, the final unexpectedly sprang to life on the final day, as Mid West Rhinos came close to pulling off what would have been an incredible victory. The miracle did not quite happen, but the day belonged to the underdogs from start to finish.
Firstly superb batting by Rikki Wessels and Graeme Cremer enabled them to declare their second innings closed, and then, due to good bowling and fielding and some very poor batting by Mash Eagles top order, they broke through and had the newly crowned champions struggling to save the match to the very end. In the end only the fighting spirit and skill of Forster Mutizwa and Mark Mbofana saw them through to safety at 67 for six wickets. The game ended in a draw and Mash Eagles were crowned the 2009/2010 Logan Cup Champions.
In the following season however, Mash Eagles and Mid West Rhinos failed to make a repeat performance in this flagship tournament. The 2010/2011 season Castle Logan Cup final held in April 2011, saw instead Mountaineers and Matabeleland Tuskers (formerly holders of third and fourth positions in the log) compete in the final.
Depleted, without five of their key players, Tuskers beat the previously undefeated Mountaineers by 18 runs, a remarkable achievement. The key factor was their swing bowler Keegan Meth, who has been steadily improving throughout the season and now seems to have instilled fear into the hearts of opposing batsmen with his deceptive swerve and accuracy. In this match he took 13 wickets at a cost of only 108 runs, besides playing a second innings of 65 runs, and if ever one man won a match for this team, this was the occasion. Matabeleland Tuskers are the new Logan Cup champions.
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:31
Batting expertise enhance national technical team
In the year under review, Grant Flower joined the national technical team as the batting coach and former West Indies batsman Brian Lara was contracted for a period of five months to conduct three spells of seven day batting clinics.
Local and international coaches join forces
The franchises also saw an injection of expertise as internationally acclaimed cricketers joined each franchsie in a bid to expose players to international standards. Andrew Hall joined Mash Eagles, David Houghton joined Matabeleland Tuskers, Allan Donald joined Mountaineers, Jason Gillespie joined the Midwest Rhinos and Monty Lynch became head coach at Southern Rocks. Gary Brent has also joined the Zimbabwe Cricket as a coach based at the High performance Centre. It has been felt that the missing link within our development program has been that of quality coaching. To alleviate the problem a National Coaching Manager Andrew Waller was appointed to assist with improving coaching standards by upgrading the current coaches as well as monitoring and supervising their day to day activities. He, together with Development Coaching Co-coordinator Ian Tinker and National Development Manager Nick Singo, an assessment programme with over 100 coaches was conducted nationwide in an attempt to assess the current level of expertise and plan for future needs.
Uplifting the standards of cricket in the schools has remained as one of our major objectives. In order to improve the standards we have run several coaching courses for both school masters and school coaches. Towards the end of October some national development coaches started assisting and coaching in the high density areas. Some have already been to private schools like Lomagundi, Peterhouse and Ruzawi. Also through the development programme, army sports masters undertook a Basic/Intermediate Cricket Coaching Course. All courses were designed to further the knowledge of the current coaches/teachers in the various franchises and schools and to keep them updated with new ideas, coaching skills and techniques.
Spin Doctor Terry Jenner’s visit to Zimbabwe
We learned with great sadness of the death of world renowned wrist spin coach Terry Jenner in May 2011. Young Zimbabwean cricketers were able to – if only for a moment- benefit from the expert coaching and mentoring that helped shaped the careers of Australian greats like Shane Warne. During three coaching clinics held in Harare and Bulawayo, Children from Prince Edward High School, St Georges College, St John’s College and junior spin bowlers from Takashinga Cricket Club were treated to some top class training by the man who will always be affectionately remembered as “the spin doctor.” The 66 year old coach believes he still had a lot to offer Zimbabwean players especially at the franchise level, he wrote on his personal blog soon after his visit “My passion is for Spin Bowling and I live this through assisting to develop spinners by enhancing their gift,” a lucid indication of an assertive man who was on a mission.