Batters shine on day one of Logan Cup A Mountaineers and Tuskers player toss at Harare Sports Club in a match played recently

Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter

IT was a time for batters on the opening day of the country’s premier first class cricket competition, the 2022/23 Logan Cup season which began yesterday in Harare.

With two matches being played simultaneously at different venues, it was a run scoring opening day which saw two centuries and three half centuries being scored on the opening day of the campaign.

Craig Ervine, who joined Eagles from Tuskers, has the highest score, ending the day on an unbeaten 143 runs off 152 deliveries while Chamunorwa Chibhabha had an overnight score 113 not out from 109 balls as the capital based team looks set for a huge first innings total. Kudzai Maunze fell for 73 runs while opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe scored eight runs.

Batting first, Eagles ended the day with a score of 346-2 before bad light stopped play with 64.2 overs having been played. Eagles are playing against Southern Rocks.

In the other match, it was a rather balanced affair with Rhinos being bowled out for 280 by Mega Market Mountaineers in the first innings. Two fifties were scored in the Rhinos innings by Welshman Kiran Carlson who had an unbeaten 92 runs while Johnathan Campbell fell for exactly 50 runs.

Craig Ervine batting for Tuskers

Beginning their first innings, Mountaineers ended the day on 58-2 in 17 overs. Spencer Magodo and Tony Munyonga were in the middle with 26 and 13 runs respectively.

Despite being a batters’ day, some bowlers came to the party with Donald Tiripano taking four wickets against Rhinos while Victor Nyauchi picked up three.

The matches continue today. – @brandon_malvin

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