Logan Cup kicks off

THE Logan Cup, Zimbabwe’s most prestigious domestic cricket competition, kicks off this month with the “B” section getting the ball rolling from next Wednesday to April 19.

This year, the “B”section will be played under a new format in which players from the country’s 10 cricket playing provinces will be divided into three select squads: the Red, Green and Gold sides.
They will play once against each other in three-day matches, which means each side will play two matches.
At the end, the team with the most points will be declared the winner.
The Green side comprises players from the Midlands, Mashonaland West and Masvingo province, while the Reds will be made up of  Mashonaland Central and East, Manicaland and Harare Metropolitan provinces. The remaining provinces, Matabeleland North and South and Bulawayo Metropolitan will make up the Gold squad.
The tournament will begin with the Reds playing the Greens from next Wednesday to Friday. Two days later, the latter will play the Golds who will then meet the Reds starting from the April 17.
Johannes Matigonda will coach the Greens while Stanley Timoni and Sylvester Mutusva will be in charge of the Golds and Reds teams respectively.
All the matches will be played at the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Chevrons fell by four wickets to the Nashua Dolphins in their Standard Bank Pro20 match at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.
Not even a half-century from top-order batsman Brendan Taylor could prevent the Dolphins from collecting their first points of the premier South African domestic twenty20 tournament.
Taylor’s 55 came off 36 balls, four of them fours and two sixes, after the Chevrons had won the toss and opted to bat.
There was little support from the rest of the Chevrons batting line-up for the batsman of the match, with Chamunorwa Chibhabha adding 24 and the next best contribution a 14 from Hamilton Masakadza, as the visitors finished their allotted 20 overs on 131 for eight.
After Khan was run out for eight, Doug Watson (35) and Ahmed Amla (22) anchored the Dolphins chase.
But Keith Dabengwa rallied the Chevrons attack with three wickets for 19 runs.
With three overs left, the hosts needed 30 runs to win and it seemed as if Dabengwa’s campaign had been successful when he bowled Kyle Smit (18) with the last ball of the 18th over.
But an unbroken stand of 21 by Pierre de Bruyn and Johann Louw off eight balls gave the Dolphins victory with four balls to spare.
Logan Cup squads
GreenS: Tom Adam, George Banda, Tinashe Chaeruka, Maxine Chamburuka, Steven Chimhamiwa, Pepukai Chisaka, Tendai Chitongo, Ronnie Makohwera, Arnold Marambo, Alex Mavhiko, Shepard Muradza, Richard Muzhange, Glynn Nyamauta and Elvis Vheremu.
GoldS: Lloyd Chikari, Atish Chouhan, Vincent Dururu, Dennis Gunda, Brian Hubbard, Paul Kasonde, Washington Kuripa, Taurai Madhiri, Dumisani Makunzini, Mike Mhlanga, Kendrick Moyo, Sydwell Ndlovu, Tafadzwa Ngulube and Khawulani Ntuli.
Reds: Tonderai Bwana, Peter Fani, Clayton Gova, Douglas Jumbe, Benjamin Katsande, Panashe Malianga, Tendayi Matemayi, Samuel Mhone, Sadon Mukumira, Tendai Shereni, Clement Rizhibowa, Basail Sanilac, Willard Stenala and Donald Tiripano. — www.zimcricket.org

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