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After two days, this Logan Cup match is well balanced, with Simbarashe Gupo and Gregory Lamb playing determined innings with the bat to leave Mashonaland Eagles 93 runs behind with four wickets in hand.

Matabeleland Tuskers were 280 for five overnight, with Keith Dabengwa on 124 and a rather inconsistent tail to support him.

The watchword seemed to be caution, with 12 runs coming in the first 25 minutes, at which point Shoun Handirisi slashed at a ball from Muzarabani and was caught at second slip.

John Nyumbu scored a single, but was then out leg before Muzarabani.

The next ball had Brian Vitori caught at the wicket and the third beat Steve Chimhamhiwa, who was trapped lbw.

Muzarabani rolled on the pitch in delight at his hat-trick and Matabeleland Tuskers had suddenly been reduced to 294 runs for nine.

Dabengwa now only had the debutant, Ainsley Ndlovu, and they brought up the 300, with Dabengwa looking to be more aggressive, but at 307 he cut a ball from Muzarabani into the gully and the innings was over.

The inspired Muzarabani had taken his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, all in succession within 40 minutes. His figures were five for 63, but over the course of the innings, Garwe had been the best bowler, deserving better than one for 58.

Now, after bowling themselves back into the game, Mashonaland Eagles faced the test of their fragile batting.

Keith Kondo and Simba Gupo showed great caution against Vitori and Chimhamhiwa and after nine overs lunch was taken at 21 for no wicket.

Forty-eight runs had been scored during the morning session. The openers had built their foundation well.

The policy of steady accumulation continued as the afternoon progressed and Mashonaland Eagles enjoyed the unaccustomed benefit of an opening partnership of 68.

It was then that Kondo, just after Gupo had been missed from a hard chance to slip off Luke Jongwe, was trapped lbw by the same bowler for 30.

Richmond Mutumbami came in next and stayed with Gupo until tea at 111 for one. Gupo had by now reached his 50, off 113 balls, a solid and watchful innings. Mutombodzi went for 22 with the score at 119, caught in the slips off Nyumbu and then the overseas professional Mark Pettini, formerly of Mountaineers, provided the left-arm spinner Ndlovu with his first wicket, caught at slip for 6-138 for three.

The spinners Nyumbu and Ndlovu were now bowling in tandem, and Ryan Burl was next to go, caught at the wicket off Nyumbu for 10.

All this time Gupo was pushing his way along patiently, content to accumulate. Suddenly, on 89, he had a rush of blood, made a crude cross-batted stroke against a ball from Ndlovu and was easily caught at mid-on.

Gupo had held the innings together, and now the score was 171 for five.

Lamb now stood in the breach, holding firm, playing his strokes and fighting well, despite a disappointing season before now.

Joylord Gumbie gave him ultra-defensive support, scoring just a single in their partnership of 35 before suddenly he snapped, lashed out at a ball from Nyumbu and was caught at mid-off 206 for six.

Garwe, who has a first-class century to his credit, joined Lamb, who drove the last ball of the day superbly straight for four.

Mashonaland Eagles closed on 214 for six, with Lamb looking very good on 42. He could well hold the key to his team’s fortunes on the third day in a match that could still go either way.

Logan Cup Match 9

Matabeleland Tuskers — 307 all out in 103.1 overs (Keith Dabengwa 141, Luke Jongwe 37 Taurai Muzarabani 563, Admire Manyumwa 235, Brighton Mugochi 129)

Mashonaland Eagles — 214 for 6 in 78 overs (Simbarashe Gupo 89, Gregory Lamb 42*, Trevor Garwe 4* John Nyumbu 361, Ainsley Ndlovu 251, Luke Jongwe 116) –Zim Cricket.

Source : The Herald