Masakadza magic send Mountaineers top in Logan Cup

Wellington Masakadza

Wellington Masakadza underlined his growing status as one of the leading spinners in local cricket at the moment after producing a memorable spell to inspire Mountaineers to a dominant 10 wicket victory on day three of the Logan Cup encounter against Alliance Health Eagles at Old Hararians on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old rising star, who for so long has lived under the shadows of his brothers Hamilton and Shingi, has recently established himself as a regular wicket taking left arm spinner both on the domestic and international fronts.

On Tuesday he took four wickets in 11 balls, including three in four balls in a devastating spell as Mountaineers dismissed Eagles for a paltry 165 runs in their second innings.

Earlier Eagles had been forced to follow-on after posting 181 runs in response to Mountaineers’ first innings total of 328 runs which was anchored by Ben Compton’s century and half centuries byClive Chitumba and number 11 batsman Tinashe Muchawaya.

Masakadza finished with 4-21 to take his wickets tally in the match to eight wickets following his equally impressive figures of 4-31 in Eagles first innings.

At the start of play yesterday, Eagles were 66 for three in their second innings, having fallen 147 runs behind on the first innings.

They continued to lose wickets without much resistance and at the end of the day Mountaineers needed just 19 runs in their second innings to seal victory and soar to the top of the Logan Cup log with 40 points.

Tuskers would however reclaim top spot with a victory over Rhinos on Wednesday.

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