LOGAN CUP: Bizarre end as Tuskers forfeit innings after player strike to hand Rhinos victory

Zimbabwe Cricket called it  a misunderstanding but the Logan Cup’s first match finished on a bizarre note after Bulawayo Metropolitan Tuskers players refused to play over pay issues.

The match ended with a day and  a half to go over what ZC termed an ‘unfortunate misunderstanding between players on provincial contracts and the provinces they represent’.

Midlands Rhinos were awarded the match, winning by 207 runs, after Tuskers forfeited their second innings.

After play on the third day of the match was delayed over the misunderstanding, Rhinos eventually came out to resume batting, but after facing a single delivery they declared their second innings on 64 for four.

Chasing a target of 276 to win, Tuskers only played 16.1 overs before forfeiting their second innings with their score on 68 for one. There was still a session plus the whole of the fourth day to play.

The umpires then awarded the match to Rhinos.

ZC says it is confident on sorting things out but it is certainly not the sort of headlines that they would have wanted after announcing a bumper domestic fixture list.

Meanwhile, the other Logan Cup match pitting Manicaland Mountaineers and Harare Metropolitan Eagles was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of the wet conditions at the venue, Mutare Sports Club.