Zimbabwe 2021-22 Logan Cup Season Intensifies, As the Race Heats Up

  By Ashley Dube & Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza 

 The race for the 2021/2022 Logan Cup season – the hallmark first-class cricket league in Zimbabwe – is  heating up with only three points separating the top three franchises from the much-coveted first-class glory.

And it is evident that domestic cricket in Zimbabwe is punctuated with some exciting news.

As well as exciting cricket players in Zimbabwe.

 Following the latest round of the Logan Cup 2021/2022 matches played between the 31st of January to the 3rd of February 2022, the momentum in Zimbabwe's oldest first-class cricket competition is intense.

 The Alliance Health Eagles fell to an innings loss as the Rocks posted a mammoth 512-8 declared in their only batting-innings of the match.

 Tadiwanashe Marumani got his first hundred in professional cricket with a chanceless 102. The 20-year-old, known for his aggressive approach, was surprisingly cautious with his knock; coming in 361 deliveries before he was bowled out by off-spinner Tafadzwa Mufudza.

Marumani was supported by Innocent Kaia (88), Ben Curran (75), Tafadzwa Tsiga (84) and William Mashinge (59).

 The response by the Eagles was weak as they were all out for 166 with new signing Will Fraine top scoring with 45.

They showed some resistance in the beginning of their second innings, with Fraine leading the charge. He was dismissed 12 runs of his centurion and from there onwards the

Eagles failed to stitch up partnerships following the departure of Fraine. Coupled with the excellent bowling who took yet another 5 wicket haul, with four of them coming in one over as he made light work of the tail.

 The other encounter pitting table-topping Matebeleland Tuskers and Manicaland Mountaineers finished as a draw with bad light and rain interrupting play on the 4th day.

Tendai Chatara took a five-for in the Tuskers’ first innings as they were bowled out for a paltry 125.

 Mountaineers failed to build a substantive lead as they failed to reach 200 themselves and were bowled out for 184.

Ernest Masuku reached a personal milestone claiming his 100th first-class wicket as he finished with figures of 5-52.

The batting improved in the second innings as the Tuskers cricket team posted 397. Englishman Nick Grubbins top scored with 174 with youngster Tanunurwa Makoni (67) and Clive Madande (54) providing support.

 The Mountaineers cricket team responded with valiant displays of resolute and sensible batting performances as they managed to secure a draw.

Ben Compton top scored with an unbeaten 109. They finished on 171-4 before the captains agreed on the sharing of spoils.

 Tuskers lead with 33 points in the 2021/2022 Logan Cup log standings, followed by Mountaineers and Rocks with 30 points each.

The Eagles team is perched at 4th with 25 points while Rhinos is last with 20 points.

 The latest round of Zimbabwe's 2021-22 Logan Cup fixtures and results – which is the 28th edition of the competition –  provides a glimmer of optimism for cricket in Zimbabwe – there is lots of talent!

 Zimbabwe's domestic cricket in 2021 and 2022 furnishes ardent followers of the game with positive statements of intent.

 And despite some blighted aspects in the history of the cricket game in Zimbabwe – and in the present – there is always exciting action to look forward to in the Logan Cup cricket league.

 Which is good news for cricket in Zimbabwe. For that competitive edge.

One can follow Logan Cup 2021/2022 live scores and updates on sites such as, ESPNCricInfo, among others.

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