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    **Official** Zimbabwe Domestic Season

    It's nearly time for the one thing we've all been waiting for to start. This year's Logan Cup promises to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride of epic cricketing proportions, full of hard-hitting Tafadzwa Mufambisi centuries, Graeme Cremer weaving his magical legspin web, the genius of Vusi Sibanda in full flow, Andy Blignaut sixes, fiery spells of pace bowling from Gerry Penford, Bothamesque allround displays from CJ Chibhabha and Elton Chigumbura, Brendon Taylor double tons and all manner of other excitement from the world-class competition that is the Logan Cup. Oh yeah.

    Let's preview the sides;

    Mashonaland
    Mash have won the Logan Cup six years running, and when you look at their full-strength XI it's no wonder.
    BRM Taylor
    KD Samunderu
    CJ Chibhabha
    SV Carlisle
    T. Taibu +*
    BG Rogers
    AM Blignaut
    E Chigumbura
    AG Cremer
    W Mwayenga
    JS Nicolle

    And in reserve they have:
    Bernard Mlambo (opening batsman)
    Alex Mlambo (left arm seamer)
    Trevor Garwe (Right arm seamer)
    Tafadzwa Mufambisi (Reserve wicketkeeper who often plays as a specialist batsman)
    Victor Chaitezvi (Batsman)

    Mashonaland almost always have access to the best young talent in the country because the strongest leagues are in Harare.

    Manicaland
    The Manicas were surprise runners up last year and their team has allround strength.
    TR Gripper
    SM Matsikenyeri
    DD Ebrahim
    NR Ferreira *+
    H Masakadza
    TMK Mawoyo
    C Macmillan (RM)
    NB Mahwire (RFM)
    T Panyangara (RFM)
    G Penford (RF)
    A Mwayenga (LFM)

    and their reserves are;
    Kingsley Went (Batsman)
    Leon Soma (RFM)
    Stephen Wright (LS)
    Ryan Bennett (RM)
    Ben Hundermark (allrounder)
    Johnson Marumisa (batsman)
    Andre Soma (seamer)
    Gordon Brown (batsman)

    Manicaland have a strong side there so they'll be hoping to push Mash all the way

    Matabeleland
    It used to be whenever Mash didn't win the Matabeles did, but they have gone off the boil, because Heath Streak isn't always there, and because of a number of socio-economic Mugabe-related factors affecting Bulawayo
    MA Vermeulen
    T Duffin
    G Strydom
    CK Coventry +
    SC Williams
    MG McKillop * (debate over his place)
    GM Ewing
    KM Dabengwa
    ML Nkala
    T Mupariwa
    CB Mpofu

    their reserves being;
    Tinashe Hove (opener)
    Wisdom Siziba (wicketkeeper)
    Simbarashe Kusano (right arm seamer)
    Thabo Mboyi (RM)

    Matabeleland are on paper the second best side but they'll need to improve this year. If I were them I would drop McKillop, who isn't very good, and bring in Siziba or Hove who are capable batsmen, making Vermy captain. Of course if Heath is there then he should be in the side, again in place of McKillop.

    Midlands
    Ever wondered what it's like to be the worst team in the worst league in the world? Midlands know all too well. They do however have the genius of Vusi Sibanda in their ranks.
    V Sibanda
    A Maregwede +*
    DA Marillier
    CR Ervine
    F Kasteni
    C Brewer (a tosser)
    P Utseya (at seven! at seven!
    DT Hondo
    AJ Ireland
    I Nicolson
    EC Rainsford

    their reserves;
    Archibald Chirinda (f-all rounder)
    Innocent Chinyoka (a convicted thief)
    Innocent Chikunya (RHB RM don't confuse him with Chinyoka)
    Erick Chaulauka (opener)
    Hilary Matanga (offspinner)
    Amos Maungwa (f-all rounder familiar to ICC players)

    They'll almost certainly finish last.

    The Faithwear One-Day competition will be more evenly matched, last year Mash didn't win a game, and I would make Matabeleland favourites if Heath Streak is there.

    An interesting thing about the Zimbabwe domestic scene is that you don't necessarily play for the province you were born in. If you are good enough to go to the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy, you will be posted to a side during and after your year there. The idea is to spread the talent arond but it doesn't work, because there isn't enough talent to make one good FC side let alone four. TBH I don't know why I started this thread because no one cares what happens in the Logan Cup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
    Innocent Chinyoka (a convicted thief)
    Innocent Chikunya (RHB RM don't confuse him with Chinyoka)


    I think the Bangladeshi domestic season has more point than this, somehow... Is there a schedule announced yet?
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    I based starting it on the fact that the Logan Cup began on 20-something october last year. The competition is split because of the rainy season, from late november until march.

    Innocent Chinyoka is a thief by the way, apparently he stole a teamates car and personal belongings during a match last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
    Innocent Chinyoka is a thief by the way, apparently he stole a teamates car and personal belongings during a match last year.
    Heh, I selected him for the World Club Cricket World Cup (a game run by Blewy and broncoman) - had some pretty decent List-A stats. Why on earth is he still playing?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
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    He got away with it because he's a black man. he is a useful player at Zim FC level. Do you think I did a good job of selling the competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
    He got away with it because he's a black man. he is a useful player at Zim FC level. Do you think I did a good job of selling the competition?
    Enough for me to check out some scorecards when the season starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
    This year's Logan Cup promises to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride of epic cricketing proportions, full of hard-hitting Tafadzwa Mufambisi centuries, Graeme Cremer weaving his magical legspin web, the genius of Vusi Sibanda in full flow, Andy Blignaut sixes, fiery spells of pace bowling from Gerry Penford, Bothamesque allround displays from CJ Chibhabha and Elton Chigumbura, Brendon Taylor double tons and all manner of other excitement from the world-class competition that is the Logan Cup. Oh yeah.
    Funny how with all this amazing talent they can't win a test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    Enough for me to check out some scorecards when the season starts.
    That's good to know. I figured only one person other than me bothers to look up the Logan cup, Prince EWS, whose knowledge surpasses my own, but I thought "What the hell" and started it anyway. Time was you could get first hand close-of-play reports from the excellent Zimbabwe Cricket Online magazine that used to effectively be Cricinfo Zimbabwe, but that ended following the Wisden merger. It was the best, most informative, cricket site I have ever seen. You could even email the guys who wrote it! That was one of the things that made me a Zimbabwe fan. Not sure if i should thank them or hate them nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb
    Innocent Chinyoka is a thief by the way, apparently he stole a teamates car and personal belongings during a match last year.
    Another reason to not adopt the super sub rule:

    Taibu: "We'll sub on Chinyoka"
    Umpire: "OK, but where is he?"
    Blignaut: "Can't see him, and I can't see my car either..."
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    Well I really didnt expect anyone to start this thread, but Im definately pleased it occurred. Im picking Matabeleland to win the Logan Cup. Their side looks spectacular on paper, and they have good batting depth as well with Siziba and Hove not in the first choice XI!

    As for Utseya batting seven, hes actually batted seven in a test match (and he scored a well-played 46 as well..) and has even opened the batting on occassion in the Logan Cup, so his batting cant really be scoffed at, even though he has rarely shown it on the international stage.

    The weirdest thing I find with the Logan Cup is the fact that Hamilton Masakadza sometimes opens the bowling with his leggies... why the hell does this happen??

    I hope Vermeulen, Carlisle, Rogers, Feirerra and Gripper absolutely kill it. That'd show the selectors. Its a shame Wishart isnt playing though. I think his retirement does more harm to the domestic comp than the international team. He would have been great to bring the young players through and rise the overall standard of the comp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Another reason to not adopt the super sub rule:

    Taibu: "We'll sub on Chinyoka"
    Umpire: "OK, but where is he?"
    Blignaut: "Can't see him, and I can't see my car either..."
    HA!
    Truth be told, I actually follow Zimbabwean cricket
    Well, I should clear that up a bit: I recon Heath Steak is a great player, one of my favorites, and I used to follow him when he played for Matabeleland.
    Should be a fun season!
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    I reckon that Manicaland looks better than Mashonaland. However, I don't really follow Zimbabwean cricket. I might follow it this season just for the sake of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by burkey_1988
    I reckon that Manicaland looks better than Mashonaland. However, I don't really follow Zimbabwean cricket. I might follow it this season just for the sake of it
    Possibly in the top order, but once it gets to the middle-lower order and the bowling, Mashonaland have it all over them.

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    Yeah, I tend to agree, although Burkey is right, Manicaland looks pretty damn strong.

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