Williams hands Tuskers perfect start to Logan Cup
Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter
LEFT handed all-rounder Sean Williams put up a polished display for Tuskers to give the Logan Cup defending champions a win by 76 runs over Southern Rocks in a four-day cricket match which ended at Old Hararians Sports Club yesterday.
Williams first top scored with 99 runs off 62 deliveries as Tuskers were bowled out for a first innings total of 366 in 72.4 overs. Other contributions with the bat for Tuskers in their first innings came from Milton Shumba with 87, 65 from wicketkeeper Clive Madande and 63 by opening batsman Tanunurwa Makoni.
Leg spinner Priviledge Chesa picked up five wickets for 70 runs in 17.4 overs and Innocent Kaia had 4/67.
Williams then picked up 5/93 in 32 overs, Rocks bowled out for 337 for the Logan Cup defending champions to take a first innings lead of 29 runs. Richmond Mutumbami, the Rocks captain had 108 runs in the first innings, followed by Cephas Zhuwawo with 90 runs.
In the second innings, Tuskers were bowled out for 212 runs, skipper Ainsley Ndlovu had the highest score of 42 runs. Chesa troubled the Tusker batsmen again in the second innings to pick up 6/86 in 21 overs.
With a victory target of 242 runs, Rocks were mopped up for 161 in their second innings. Williams had 6/47 in 18.1 overs. Ndlovu, who also bowls left arm spin had three wickets for 56 runs.
Meanwhile across the capital city at Harare Sports Club, log leaders Eagles thumped Rhinos by nine wickets. After that win, Eagles are on top of the log with 44 points, followed by Tuskers with 23 points.
Rhinos occupy third position on 21 points, Rocks are fourth with 19 points while Mountaineers are bottom of the pile with 11 points.
Tuskers’ second match of the season will be against Rhinos at OH again from December 10-13 and the Bulawayo based team will play its last encounter before the Christmas break on December 17-20 against old rivals Eagles. — @brandon_malvin