Ruthless Rocks seal trophy in style
Southern Rocks won their first ever Logan Cup title on the weekend. The Masvingo and Matabeleland based team beat Mashonaland Eagles by an innings and 119 runs to win the competition with a match left to play.
To add sweetness to the victory, this was the Southern Rocks’ return to the competition. The team had not featured in the competition since the 2013-14 edition.
The Logan Cup title
The Logan Cup is Zimbabwe’s premier first-class domestic competition. This year’s edition began in December 2020 with five teams participating; Mashonaland Eagles, Mountaineers, Mid West Rhinos, Southern Rocks, and Matabeleland Tuskers.
The competition has a league format, with every team playing each other once. 10 points are awarded for a win, 5 points for a draw.
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COVID-19 and the Logan Cup
Going into this 27th edition of the competition, the Mountaineers were the defending champions. They had won the 2018-19 edition of the competition. Due to COVID-19, the 2019/20 Logan Cup was abandoned in May 2020, with no winner being declared.
Ominously, earlier in the year, the 2020/21 Logan Cup looked destined for a similar fate. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Zimbabwe, in early January, Zimbabwe Cricket postponed the competition. At this point in the competition, only four of the scheduled 10 matches had been played to a finish.
On 18 March the 2020/21 Logan Cup resumed with two matches. The Mountaineers played the Tuskers in a match that would go on to be drawn. And Rhinos would begin their dominance of the competition by beating the Tuskers by 10 wickets.
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Mashonaland Eagles v Southern Rocks
With Mashonaland Eagles the only other undefeated team in the competition, Southern Rocks knew a victory against them would give them their first Logan Cup title.
The Eagles won the toss and elected to bat. They went on to build a miserly innings of only 193. Seizing the opportunity, the Rocks replied with a mammoth 449. Returning to bat in their second innings, the Eagles could no doubt hear for whom bells toll. And perhaps it was this distraction that caused their batting to collapse as they tumbled out to a second inning score of 137.
With an innings to spare, Southern Rocks had won the match and the Logan Cup.
New champions Southern Rock still have a match to play against the Mountaineers in the competition. Live coverage, without commentary, of the final days of the 2020/21 Logan Cup can be watched at Zimbabwe Cricket’s YouTube channel.
Zimbabwe international cricket news
In other Zimbabwe cricket news, on Sunday Zimbabwe Cricket released the schedule for the upcoming Pakistan visit.
The visitor’s tour begins with a three match T20I series on 21, 23, and 25 April. Followed by a two match Test series. The first Test played 29 April-3 May, and the second Test 7-11 May. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Ground.
The Chevrons will hope that home advantage will improve their form, following their disappointing recent tour of the UAE, where they played two Tests and three T20I against Afghanistan. After claiming victory in the first Test, Zimbabwe went on to lose all the subsequent matches. The Chevrons’ performance in the T20Is was particularly lacklustre. They lost all three matches by over 40 runs.
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