The inaugural Stanbic Bank Pro20 Series was held at Harare Sports Club from 12 to 20 February 2010. All five ZC franchise teams participated with the Namibian national team, known as the Desert Vipers as the sixth team.
A number of former players and overseas players were contracted by the franchises specifically for the tournament.
Anthony Ireland and Ian Harvey appeared for the Southern Rocks, Doug Marillier for Mash Eagles, Andy Blignaut for Matabeleland Tuskers, Greg Smith for the Mountaineers and Darren Stevens and Ollie Rayner for Kwekwe’s MidWest Rhinos.
After nine days of exciting cricket, the final was played between Mountaineers and Mash Eagles. Mountaineers beat Mash Eagles in magnificent style by nine wickets.
After bowling their vaunted opponents out for a mere 105 runs, they romped to victory on the back of outstanding innings by the two renowned internationals and former schoolmates, Hamilton Masakadza and Tatenda Taibu.
The final day saw 7500 spectators walking through the gates at Harare Sports Club, an unprecedented number in over a hundred years of cricket in Zimbabwe.
So successful was the inaugural competition that a second series was staged in November.
The again huge crowd at Harare Sports Club witnessed a thrilling final between Mash Eagles - who had just fell short of the title in the first edition- and underdogs Mid West Rhinos.
The match swung one way and then the other, with the result in doubt until the final ball.
The hero in the end was Andrew Hall, who followed a fine innings with some superb death bowling that proved too much for Rhinos. Mash Eagles beat Mid West Rhinos by one run for the title.
Mountaineers, which had dominated the first edition of the Stanbic Bank Pro20 fell to the bottom of the log.
In the 2009/2010 season, the Metbank Pro40 (then known as the Faithwear/Metbank 1-Day Competition) was played over two rounds with each franchise playing eight games.
The final was played at Mutare Sports Club between Mountaineers and the Mid West Rhinos on 10 April 2010. In a low scoring but very exciting game, the Mountaineers emerged champions after laboring to beat the Rhinos by three wickets chasing a target of 145 runs.
Helped by some strange bowling changes, the two all-rounders Prosper Utseya and Shingi Masakadza shared a magnificent and totally unexpected unbroken partnership of 83 for the eighth wicket that took the home side home. In the 2010/2011 season, Mid West Rhinos got a second chance to take the rebranded Metbank Pro 40 title when they faced Southern Rocks in the final at Harare Sports Club.
But it was not to be; consistent batting from Southern Rocks’ top order - led by Tafadzwa Kamungozi - took them to a fine eight-wicket victory and their first tournament trophy.
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.