Its Moun­taineers again

The Manica Post - - Sport - Fun­gayi Mun­y­oro Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

MOUN­TAINEERS are the 2017-18 Lo­gan Cup Cham­pi­ons af­ter their fi­nal match against Rising Stars ended in a draw at Takashinga Sports Club in Harare.

Go­ing into their fi­nal day, Moun­taineers had a sec­ond in­nings lead of 173 but there was no play on the fi­nal day due to a wet out­field re­sult­ing in the match end­ing in a draw.

Moun­taineers fin­ished on top of the log ta­ble with 52 points.

Led by “new boy” Ngoni Mu­pamba, the draw was enough to en­sure they win the cup for the third time.

Moun­taineers first won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2013-14 sea­sons be­fore win­ning it again dur­ing the 2016-17 sea­sons un­der the tute­lage of Shep­herd Makunura.

Moun­taineers’ new boy Ngoni Mu­pamba was the star of the show with a su­perb per­for­mance in which he scored 158 runs off 260 de­liv­er­ies in his de­but on Mon­day.

Mu­pamba hit 23 fours and 3 sixes. His efforts paid off af­ter the Moun­taineers emerged vic­tors.

It was Mu­pamba’s de­but de­light. He was pleased to help his side to vic­tory.

Mu­pamba played for Mash Ea­gles B side in 2010 for three sea­sons. In 2013, he played T20 in In­dia. He joined Lands­downs in UK in 2014. In 2015, he played for Kis­ling­bury be­fore join­ing Bex­ley­heath in 2016. In 2017, he went to New Zealand where he played for Haw­era from Oc­to­ber to March this year. He later de­cided to come back home and joined Moun­taineers in April.

In an in­ter­view with The Post Sports, Mu­pamba could not hide his joy.

“I am very happy to be part of the win­ning team. I am also happy that I have con­trib­uted to the win. I scored 158 in the first in­ning but I did not know any­thing about the records. I was sur­prised when my coach told me that I had bro­ken the record of the top Lo­gan Cup scores.

“I came into the field of play just to play my nor­mal game, but God had other plans for me. I am so grate­ful to my coach for giv­ing me such an op­por­tu­nity to

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Rising star Ngoni Mu­pamba

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