By Lawrence Trusida
ZIMBABWE Cricket’s future looks bright as youngsters proved their mettle after eight rounds of Logan Cup action, with six rookies among the top 10 run-scorers.
A look at the Logan Cup top run-scorers makes for an interesting read, while a familiar name is at the top in Chevrons stand-in captain Craig Ervine, who is surrounded by young and upcoming players who are pushing for recognition.
The Logan Cup is now in the eighth round but Ervine has just played five matches and managed to score 629 runs, hitting three hundred along the way.
Richmond Mutumbami who has played seven tests for the Chevrons is in second having scored 503 runs but after him is an interesting name as young Tanunurwa Makoni is a close third.
The 22-year-old Makoni is averaging 34 runs as an opening batsman and has managed to score a century and two fifties in the eight matches he has played so far.
Makoni has this season so often laid a solid foundation for the Tuskers team who sit at the top of the log.
National team trials Takudzwa Kaitano is also among the top run-getters having scored 472 runs for Mid-West Rhinos.
The left-handed Kaitano has played one test match for the country and his temperament continues to put him in the reckoning for the opening role when the Chevrons get back into action.
Kaitano is well known for his grit and ability to wear out the new ball and he has been quietly doing that as only Craig Ervine has faced more balls than him among the top 10 run-scorers in the competition.
The opening batsman hasn’t just stayed at the crease but he has been able to score runs as evidenced by the two centuries and two fifties he has scored in five matches.
Clive Madande, Wessely Madhevere and Kudzai Maunze are some of the rookies who are in the top ten run-getters for the Logan Cup and with the nation looking to prepare for the longer version of the game, Chevrons head coach, Lalchand Rajput will surely be pleased.
In the bowling stats, uncapped Ernest Masuku leads the wicket takes list having accounted for 38 scalps in eight matches.
Brendon Mavuta who has played two tests for the country seats on second with 31 wickets while the likes of Tanaka Chivanga, Tapiwa Mufudza and Stephen Chimhamhiwa are among the top wicket-takers in the competition.
With the Chevrons getting back into action in a month’s time, the selectors will have a headache in choosing the best players to represent the country.