Logan Cup

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Logan Cup
Castle cup.jpg
Countries Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Format first-class
First tournament 1903–04
First-class since 1993–94
Number of teams 5
Current champion Matabeleland Tuskers
Most successful Mashonaland (9 titles)

The Logan Cup is the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Zimbabwe. The current champions are the Matabeleland Tuskers.

History[edit]

The first recorded cricket match in what was known at the time as Rhodesia was played in August 1890 near Fort Victoria. Within the next ten years, matches were played with more regularity and the most significant match was competed between Salisbury and Bulawayo. The standard of cricket improved when Rhodesia entered a team into the South African Currie Cup, and in 1903 JD Logan presented Rhodesia's cricket teams with a cup to compete for, which was named the Logan Cup after him.[1]

First-class[edit]

The competition became first-class along with Zimbabwe's elevation to Test status in 1992, and the first competition to hold first-class status was the 1993–94 Logan Cup, won by Mashonaland Under-24s. Mashonaland, essentially a representative Harare side has historically been the strongest team in the country since the late 1960s, and between 1993 and 2005 they won the tournament nine times out of twelve.[2] The competition was not played in the 2005–06 season, due to "internal strife", both within Zimbabwean cricket, and the political set-up of the country.[2] Upon the competition's return in 2006–07 it was relaunched with teams representing new areas, rather than the traditional provinces. Kenya were also invited to compete in the competition during 2006–07, but finished last despite showing promise.

Franchise era[edit]

The competition was again relaunched for the 2009–10 season, with five franchises: Mashonaland Eagles, Matabeleland Tuskers, Mid West Rhinos, Mountaineers and Southern Rocks.

Champions[edit]

This table lists all the champions of the Logan Cup during the competition's first-class era.

Season Winner (number of titles) Runners-up Leading run-scorer (club) Runs Leading wicket-taker (club) Wickets
1993–94 Mashonaland Under-24s (1) Matabeleland Wayne James (Matabeleland) 386 John Rennie (Matabeleland) 20
1994–95 Mashonaland (1) Mashonaland Under-24s Grant Flower (Mashonaland Under-24s) 368 Malcolm Jarvis (Mashonaland) 19
1995–96 Matabeleland (1) Mashonaland Country Districts David Houghton (Mashonaland) 348 Bryan Strang (Mashonaland Country Districts) 25
1996–97 Mashonaland (2) Matabeleland Grant Flower (Mashonaland) 308 Paul Strang (Mashonaland) 14
1997–98 Mashonaland (3) Matabeleland, Mashonaland A Andy Flower (Mashonaland) 317 John Rennie (Matabeleland) 12
1998–99 Matabeleland (2) Mashonaland, Mashonaland A Guy Whittall (Matabeleland) 268 Andrew Whittall (Matabeleland) 7
1999–2000 Mashonaland (4) Manicaland Neil Ferreira (Manicaland) 501 Gus Mackay (Mashonaland) 18
2000–01 Mashonaland (5) Mashonaland A Dougie Marillier (Midlands) 501 Ian Engelbrecht (Matabeleland) 25
2001–02 Mashonaland (6) Midlands Craig Evans (Mashonaland) 684 Ray Price (Midlands) 31
2002–03 Mashonaland (7) Matabeleland Mark Vermeulen (Matabeleland) 625 Gavin Ewing (Matabeleland) 28
2003–04 Mashonaland (8) Matabeleland Gregory Strydom (Matabeleland) 681 Tatenda Taibu (Mashonaland) 20
2004–05 Mashonaland (9) Manicaland Brendan Taylor (Mashonaland) 642 Graeme Cremer (Mashonaland) 27
2005–06 Not competed
2006–07 Easterns (1) Westerns Tinotenda Mawoyo (Easterns) 568 Keith Dabengwa (Westerns) 33
2007–08 Northerns (1) Easterns Hamilton Masakadza (Easterns) 371 Brighton Mugochi (Centrals) 24
2008–09 Easterns (2) Northerns Malcolm Waller (Centrals) 503 Prosper Utseya (Easterns) 30
2009–10 Mashonaland Eagles (1) Mid West Rhinos Vusi Sibanda (Mid West Rhinos) 1,287 Graeme Cremer (Mid West Rhinos) 59
2010–11 Matabeleland Tuskers (1) Mountaineers Hamilton Masakadza (Mountaineers) 852 Tendai Chatara (Mountaineers) 55
2011–12 Matabeleland Tuskers (2) Mashonaland Eagles Gary Ballance (Mid West Rhinos) 1,093 Glen Querl (Matebeleland Tuskers) 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ward, John. "A brief history of Zimbabwe cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Logan Cup / Zimbabwe domestic cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 

See also[edit]