History Maker! Cricket ace Naqvi shatters longstanding Logan Cup record with tripple century

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Antum Naqvi

Zimbabwe cricket team prospect Antum Naqvi set a new record for the highest score by a batter in the history of Zimbabwe’s first class domestic cricket competition, the Logan Cup on Friday.

Naqvi scored an unbeaten 300 runs from 295 deliveries in his phenomenal innings against Tuskers at Takashinga Cricket Club as Rhinos declared on 538 for 3 in their first innings – 410 runs ahead of Tuskers in the first innings.

The 24-year-old all-rounder breezed past the previous record 265 set by Cephas Zhuwao in 2017, hammering 30 fours and 10 sixes, all with a strike rate of 101.69.

His innings is further evidence as to why Naqvi is, without doubt, the most exciting prospect in Zimbabwean domestic cricket.

His sheer weight of runs, across the three formats, have propelled his name into national frame.

Following a quite remarkable maiden Logan Cup campaign in 2023 (379 runs at 94.75), he continued to shine by guiding his Takashinga Patriots to the National Premier League T20 title, before topping the Pro 50 run charts (514 runs at 73.42).

However, it’s his penchant for big runs that have caught the eye. Naqvi became only the 21st player in history to score centuries in his first two first-class innings (140*, and 103), before notching up his third Logan Cup ton (108) to round off his maiden campaign.

Roll on the recent Pro50 competition, and Naqvi would reel off three further tons (128*, 100, 146) and finish top of the run tally – 125 runs ahead of second placed Tony Munyonga, a fellow CricX client.

Not content with his exploits in 2023, he kicked off the New Year with this triple century against Tuskers – his 7th domestic ton across his 17 first-class and List A outings to date. Naqvi currently boasts batting averages of 102.14, 73.42, and 64, in first-class, List A, and T20, respectively.

In addition to churning runs, the Rhinos star has also excelled with his off spin with 20 wickets at 23.90, including two 4-wicket hauls and best match figures of 5-74 in his seveb Logan Cup matches, then a further 13 wickets in white ball cricket, averaging 35.88 and 17, in List A and T20, respectively.

The Belgian-born all-rounder, who grew up in Sydney (Australia), has quite the future ahead of him. Having already excelled in Sydney Grade cricket, and now domestic cricket in Zimbabwe, he has generated Franchise interest from the Peshawar Zalmi, and Jamaica Tallawahs. It seems only a matter of time before he’s playing for Zimbabwe, and in the global Franchise tournaments.

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