Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter
MOUNTAINEERS yesterday maintained their strong grasp on the domestic first class cricket after they clinched a third Logan Cup title on the trot with a game to spare.
The Mountain Goats thrashed title rivals Eagles by 10 wickets in a top of the table clash that they wrapped up with ease just after lunch on the fourth day at Old Hararians.
They needed only 17 runs to claim the title after they had dismissed their opponents for 213 and 255 runs in their two innings.
Shingi Masakadza and Victor Nyauchi shared 14 match wickets equally between themselves after Mountaineers had forced a follow-on, having declared on 452/9.
A century by man of the moment Timycen Maruma (120) underpinned a solid platform for Mountaineers to build their victory on.
Their coach Shepherd Makunura was ecstatic with the feat after his team recovered from a slow start to the tournament to become the champions again.
They emulated Tuskers who had a similar hat-trick when they lifted the title between 2011 and 2013.
“We are over the moon. To make it three in three seasons is something special. Credit to the boys and everyone who believed in them because a lot of people had doubted us after that bad start in Kwekwe.
“But the boys never gave up. We sat down and talked about it and I am glad they responded positively as the overall results show.
“This title means a great deal to us because it has been some time since we have seen a team winning the title three times in a row. We will cherish this for a long time to come,” said Makunura.
Mountaineers yesterday moved to 36 points and have a game in hand against bottom of the table side Tuskers while their nearest rivals Rhinos (29 points) and Eagles (26 points) have completed their fixtures.
Batsman Maruma was on the spotlight again in this game after scoring a second century in as many matches. Maruma’s run-a-ball century followed up on his towering 165 against Tuskers in their previous match. He batted nearly four hours and struck 18 fours and a six after their opponents Eagles had won the toss and decided to field.
Foster Mutizwa also weighed in with 85 runs. Eagles could not match Mountaineers batting proficiency in response after they crashed out for 213 runs. Nyauch had figures of 3/43 and Masakadza 4/31.
2018/19 Logan Cup points table
TEAM P W L D PT
Mountaineers 5 3 1 1 36
Rhinos 6 2 2 2 29
Eagles 6 2 2 2 26
Tuskers 5 0 2 3 14