HARARE – Mashonaland Eagles would like to quickly forget 2012-13 Castle Logan Cup season after a string of disappointing performances.
Eagles, who are the biggest domestic franchise in terms of financial muscle and player base, will finish the season in bottom place with only a single point when the season ends next month.
After finishing last season in second place a lot was expected from Eagles this season but they were just a pale shadow of their usual selves.
While the Harare-based franchise has been underachieving Matabeleland Tuskers were confirmed Logan Cup champions last Friday after forcing a draw against Mountaineers in Mutare.
Eagles proved their worth in the limited overs by ensuring that the Coca-Cola Pro 50 championship was tucked in the cabinet and finished in second place in the Twenty20 Championship.
Caretaker coach Stanley Timoni: “We’ve got the best team on paper with a record number of players turning up for the national team but they just failed to adjust from the limited overs to the longer version of the game.
“As they say success brings success; the moment we lost the first two games of the season the confidence among the players went at an all-time low and that’s what sport is all about, cruel sometimes.”
Mash Eagles currently anchor the bottom of the log with just a point from seven matches. The Eagles host second placed Mountaineers at Harare Sports tomorrow in what will be the two teams’ final match of the season.
Timoni expects his charges to put up a respectable show by taking a leaf from last Friday’s positives from the drawn encounter against Southern Rocks at Masvingo Sports Club.
“We haven’t won a game but it was encouraging to note the way the guys played in Masvingo,” Timoni added.
“It was our first time to score above 300 runs in both innings as well as our first match to bat the whole day, we saw lots of partnerships from the youngsters.
“We have noted our shortcomings and got ample time to work on that during the off season but the upcoming match against Mountaineers at home provides us with an opportunity to salvage the Eagles’ lost pride.”
Mid-West Rhinos currently in third place with 21 points host fourth placed Southern Rocks at Kwekwe Sports Club from Tuesday to Friday.