HARARE – Mashonaland Eagles lost three wickets in four overs on their second day of the Logan Cup match against Mid West Rhinos at Kwekwe Sports Club yesterday.
The Harare-based side had restricted Mid West Rhinos to 278 runs to gain a first innings lead of 41 runs and a bonus point.
However, Eagles are currently on 5 for 3 in their second innings heading into the third day which starts this morning after a later collapse yesterday.
Rhinos’ Mike Chinouya claimed two wickets in his first over after bowling opener Cephas Zhuwao for a duck on his second ball and having Joylord Gumbie caught by Kaitano for another duck two deliveries later.
At that point, the visitors did not have any runs on the board but they were already two wickets down.
Tafara Chingwara then trapped Eagles’ night watchman Tanyaradzwa Munyaradzi LBW for only one run.
Maunze (5) and Chikomba (0) resume the eagles second innings on the crease this morning.
Earlier on, off-spinner Kudzai Maunze picked his maiden First Class five-wicket haul claiming six wickets for 35 runs from 15.5 overs.
He wiped out the remaining Mid West Rhinos’ six wickets while Herbert Chikomba with the first four wickets of the day finished the innings with four wickets for 99 runs from 28 overs in a contest where the visitors needed only two bowlers to do the damage.
Rhinos responded through a 132-run first wicket partnership between openers Tendai Maruma (59) and Bothwell Chapungu (63). Nyasha Mayavo scored 44 at middle order.
At Takashinga Sports Club in Highfield, defending champions Mountaineers lead Matabeleland Tuskers by 98 runs with eight wickets remaining after dismissing Tuskers for 228 runs.
Mountaineers claimed a first innings lead point after reaching 269 runs on Monday.
They are currently on 57 for 2 with batters Tinashe Chimbambo (6) and Mohammad Ealahk (21) to carry on with the bat this morning.
Earlier, Tuskers’ Craig Ervine agonising fell two-runs shy of his 10th First Class 100 after running out of partners on 98 while Roy Kaia led the Mountaineers bowlers charge with four wickets for 44 runs in 15 overs.
Mountaineers head coach Shepherd Makunura expressed satisfaction with the way his bowlers bowled.
“Decent show but still room for improvement especially on discipline and patience on our fielding,” Makunura told the Daily News yesterday.
“We haven’t started thinking about the total at the moment; we still have a big job to do with the bat and probably will start thinking about around lunch time.”