By Ashley Dube
This season Logan cup was pretty exciting with an enthralling title race which was eventually won by perennial achievers The Manicaland Mountaineers adding another piece of silverware to their already bloated trophy cabinet.
The Eagles were a marvel to watch with the side comprised of the most exciting talents on the local scene; the likes of Tony Munyonga, Keith Jaure and Tinashe Kamhunukamwe all impressed this season with some outstanding performances. Credit to Eagles Gaffer S. Matsikenyeri, who was brave enough to give these youngsters a chance.
Moreover, some stalwarts also came to the party this season. Timycen Maruma quickly comes to mind as his centuries turned the tide into Mountaineers favour with his centuries in the latter parts of the season. Also the likes of Shingi Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbani played well for their respective franchises.
At the Rhinos PJ Moor led from the front with some outstanding knocks, as well as Prince Masvaure. However Tarisai Musakanda after a fast season to the season was guilty of failing to convert starts into big scores as the season went on.
The return of Carl Mumba also gave fans something to cheer about and he started with a bang with a 6 wicket haul against the champions the Mountaineers but unfortunately his form dipped a little bit as the season went on. Brian Chari was shining light in a disappointing season for the Tuskers as he scored 5 50s in 6 matches averaging just under 40 at 39.03.
The biggest disappointment in my book has to be the absence of talented left-hander Ryan Burl in any of the Logan cup matches this season. The reason is still shrouded in obscurity it would have been great if he had a crack this season as the bloke is the future of Chevrons as far is batting is concerned. Also the departure of Graeme Cremer also was a blow as the division diminished in both quality and experience.
Blokes on the rise
This season was a breakout season for some young cricketers on the domestic scene. And it was two young all-rounders who were the pick of the bunch namely Tony Munyonga and William Mashinge. Tony is coming up to be a cool calm finisher at the back-end of the innings and also a great spinner as well in the middle overs. Bowling all-rounder Mashing didn’t impress much with the bat but with a bowling average of around 15 fans have every reason to be excited.
It is expected that the Pro 50 competition will continue and there are also rumours of the Chevrons hosting the UAE and Afghanistan in some ODI Series.