The second round of the Logan Cup competition was slightly less damp than the first,
although the two results obtained in the three matches had to be manufactured. It is frustrating
when the Zimbabwean players get so little opportunity to play the longer version of the game, and
what little they have is rendered artificial by the weather.
In Kwekwe Midlands beat the CFX Academy by 111 runs, after a match of three declarations in
good weather after the first day had been washed out. The Midlands officials had performed the nearest
equivalent of moving mountains in order to make play possible, and their chairman Ken Connelly gives an
count of their labours in this issue. The Academy for the second match running were given what to their
lack of experience was rather a difficult target to chase; nevertheless they gamely accepted the situation
but were again defeated.
Leon Soma is a promising all-rounder from Mutare currently at the CFX Academy. He has no family
background in the game, although he has two younger brothers who also play. He first developed an
interest at Hillcrest Preparatory School, initially while playing casually with friends, although he
mentions former Manicaland player Ryan Barbour who coached him when he reached the school first
team and helped him a great deal.
Barney Rogers comes from a cricket-loving family, his father having played first-team cricket at
school and his uncle Brian for the national schools team in 1974 and 1975. Naturally his first
contact with the game was at home, in the family garden, at the age of about three or four. Like
Alistair Campbell, he is a natural right-hander, but his father changed him round on the theory
that the strongest hand should be at the top of the bat. His father batted left-handed and bowled
right, and his uncle just the opposite, so the ability to be ambidextrous seems to run in the family.
Grant Flower looks back on India and the Logan Cup match with Mashonaland
Grant Flower spoke to CricInfo about a few aspects of the recent Zimbabwean overseas
tour and about the Logan Cup match this last weekend between Mashonaland A and Mashonaland,
having been appointed captain of the latter. [More]
Rain thwarts Manicaland and Matabeleland
Manicaland traveled to Bulawayo last weekend to face Matabeleland for their second scheduled Logan Cup
game of the season. The early-season hopes of fielding two of Zimbabwe's top players failed to materialize
when Guy Whittall was forced into surgery for a groin injury, and Andy Flower was refused permission by his
Despite the fact that he wanted to play for Manicaland and that the Zimbabwe Cricket Union
is trying to spread its top players around the country, the Mashonaland board insisted on its right of
first call. The rules state that a player should turn out for the province in which he plays club cricket.
Score 1 to the train spotters and nil to player power.
I realize that you have received many letters congratulating Zimbabwe on their sportsmanship from Australian
correspondents. This is about to be another one... but there is a sting in the tail too.
This week I listened to the cricket live from India on ABC rural radio while stuck in the NSW outback
(transmitted via mobile phone on occasion when the broadcasting equipment broke down, glad it wasn't my
phone bill!). To my dismay I heard a former Australian player for whom I had previously had some respect
admit that he had knowingly accepted incorrect 'not-out' decisions and played on. Worse, he used the fact
that his opposition knew he had really been out as a way to psych the bowlers.
Nyasha Chari is one of the promising township players who have benefited from the development scheme and
are now coming through into first-class cricket. Like the others, he has no family background in the game
and developed an interest at junior school through a Zimbabwe Cricket Union coach, in this case Henry Motsi.
by Iain Campbell (1st XI coach)
This article precedes that which appeared in our last issue, as it was delayed in the post. Although
he did not become fully operational until some four years later, this coach took charge of his first
schoolboy cricket eleven, as a student teacher fulfilling a practical assignment, in A.D. 1952. Which
makes 2001 a golden anniversary of sorts. He will therefore be hoping for some gilt-edged (at least)
performances from his players during the course of the year and the portents thus far are fairly promising.