Zimbabwe‘s oldest domestic and premier first class cricket tournament, the Logan Cup is currently underway with a reduced number of franchises from five to just four competing this year.

The reduced franchises follow cost cutting measures implemented by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC).

Two of the top cricketing franchises Matabeleland-based side Tuskers are playing against Mashonaland-based Eagles and both have new technical teams headed by former national team players Douglas Hondo and Stuart Matsikenyeri.

“Am thrilled to be back home where I started my career and looking forward to a great season…have a bunch of fantastic players who are prepared to give their all to win the tournament and get recognition for their efforts by being selected for the national team,” said Douglas.

“It’s a huge honour for me to lead the Eagles at this early stage of my coaching career…I have not had much coaching experience…my first appointment was with the Rising Stars Academy a ZC project with emphasis on youth development. I am happy with the players at my disposal since most are young and worked with them at Rising Stars,” Stuart said.

The Logan enters the third day at Harare Sports Club with Tuskers facing Eagles.

Tuskers who batted first in the four day tournament were on 313 with Craig Ervine top-scoring with 141 runs and Tawanda Mupariwa 69.

In their chase, Eagles were 189/6 in 47.2 overs with Cephas Zhuwao scoring 60 runs from 45 balls, Regis Chakabva 29, Richmond Mutumbami 28, Munyonga 15 and F Akram 17 both not out.

Mashonaland Eagles trail by 124 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the innings.

In the other four day match, Manicaland-based side Mountaineers are facing Midwest Rhinos in Kwekwe.

Rhinos were 232 in their first innings and 112/6 in their second in 33 overs with Tarisai Musakanda top scoring with119 in his first innings while Peter J Moor 8 in his first innings 50 not out from 70 balls faced in the second, while Mayavo 23 from 43 balls faced.

Mountaineers were 153 all out.

After Day Two, Mid West Rhinos led by 191 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

Mountaineers are the defending champions after winning the tournament last year when they beat a young Rising Stars Academy.

The Logan Cup became first-class along with Zimbabwe’s elevation to test status in 1992, and the first competition to hold first-class status was the 1993/4 Logan Cup, won by Mashonaland Under 24s.