James eyes Tuskers double

MATABELELAND Tuskers coach Wayne James says his charges won’t rest on their laurels after the Logan Cup triumph last Friday as they have set their sights on winning a memorable double by adding the Pro-50 Championship to their trophy cabinet.


Tuskers clinched their fourth title in the last five editions of the four-day premier domestic first-class cricket competition after a six-wicket victory over defending champions Mountaineers at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

The result saw the Bulawayo-based franchise taking their points tally to 38 and 10 more than second-placed Mashonaland Eagles whom they would play at home in the last Logan Cup match of the season starting tomorrow.

With only a maximum of seven points on offer for winners of a Logan Cup fixture, six for the victory and one bonus point for a first innings lead, Tuskers cannot be overtaken by Eagles even if the Harare-based franchise win the match in Bulawayo.

Despite having the Logan Cup title in the bag, James told our sister paper NewsDay Sport that they still needed to play in the last four-day encounter to carry the momentum into the Pro-50 Championship final set for March 21.

Tuskers, who also lead the way in the Pro-50 Championship, need to win their last Pro-50 Championship match against Mashonaland Eagles on March 17 to secure a home final.

“We are obviously very happy to have won the Logan Cup. It has not been easy though. We had several setbacks along the way, but I am really proud of the boys. Everyone has put their hand up at some stage this season from the batsman to the bowlers we had almost all the guys making a contribution which was great,” James said.

The former national team wicket-keeper batsman and selector said his team’s target was to finish on a high by adding the Pro-50 Championship title.

“I would be lying if I said we are not going for the double. It’s something that we set out to achieve at the start of the season and it would be great to add the Pro-50 Championship title to the Logan Cup title,” James said.

“We know it won’t be easy we still have a final to play and the last round of matches which will decide which team plays at home in the final. We will take it one match at a time and see how it goes.”

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