HARARE-Zimbabwe’s first-class competition, the Logan Cup, is set to get underway tomorrow with Mountaineers facing Rhinos at Harare Sports Club while Rocks will be taking on Eagles at Old Hararians Sports Club in the first round of the four-day competition.
Play is scheduled to start at 1000 hours. The title holders Tuskers , will be on a bye and will only get into action against Rocks on December 1 at Old Hararians Sports Club while Rhinos and Eagles will be tussling it out at Kwekwe Sports.
Bulawayo and Mutare will get their turn to host Logan Cup matches when Tuskers welcome Rhinos at Queens Sports Club while Mountaineers will take on Eagles at Mutare Sports Club from 10-13 December. After a short break for the festive holidays, action will resume in January and run up until the final first-class games set for mid February.
The team which finishes on top will eventually be the Logan Cup winners. Mountaineers youthful coach Njabulo Ncube will get into tomorrow’s game a happy man after writing his own piece of history as he won the Pro50 championship with the Mountain Goats. The Pro50 championship victory was so significant for Ncube and he is looking for more in the Logan Cup.
The victory meant that it was his first silverware as a head coach after winning several accolades as an assistant with several clubs he has deputised. Ok Ncube said Pro50 cup will work as a confident booster as his charges seeks Logan Cup glory.
“We had two-day warm up games against Mashonaland Eagles. We were fortunate enough to have players playing in the World Cup and some of our players playing in the regionals 50 -over games. So our players have been playing some cricket which is good for us.
“We are playing our first game against Rhinos tomorrow. Then second game against Mashonaland Eagles in Mutare on t December 10. We will have our last game of the year against Southern Rocks on December 17 at Harare Sports Club,” he said.
Mountaineers won Logan Cup four times- in 2013-14, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. In 2019-20 season, the tournament was voided due to the COVID-19 pandemic with no winner being declared. In the 2021-22 season Mountaineers were runners- up after losing by seven wickets to Southern Rocks at Harare Sports Club.