Matabeleland Tuskers
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Matabeleland Tuskers

Matabeleland Tuskers
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CaptainJohn Nyumbu & Ainsley Ndlovu
CoachDave Houghton
Team information
Home groundQueens Sports Club, Bulawayo
First-class debutv Mid West Rhinos
in 2009-10
at Kwekwe Sports Club
Logan Cup wins2

The Matabeleland Tuskers is one of five Zimbabwean cricket franchises. They are a first-class cricket team, based in the Bulawayo Metropolitan and Matabeleland North area. They play their home matches at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. They were formed in 2009, when the domestic game in Zimbabwean cricket was restructured.[1]


In their first season, they suffered disappointing results, placing fourth in the Logan Cup,[2] and failing to qualify for the final of either the one-day or Twenty20 competitions.[3][4] The following season, they qualified for the final of the Logan Cup as league runners-up, and despite missing their best four batsmen in the final, defeated the Mountaineers by 18 runs to claim their first title.[5][6] They defended their title the following year, winning five of their eight matches to clinch consecutive wins in the Logan Cup: the first team in the franchise-era to achieve the feat.[7]

They won the 2016-17 Pro50 Championship, the domestic List A tournament.[8]


Current squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Brian Chari Zimbabwe (1992-02-14) 14 February 1992 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Craig Ervine Zimbabwe (1985-08-19) 19 August 1985 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Charles Kunje Zimbabwe (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Nkosana Mpofu Zimbabwe (1990-06-10) 10 June 1990 (age 29) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Tendai Maruma Zimbabwe (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Bright Phiri Zimbabwe (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Sikandar Raza Zimbabwe (1986-04-24) 24 April 1986 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Sean Williams Zimbabwe (1986-09-26) 26 September 1986 (age 33) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Thamsanqa Keith Nunu Zimbabwe (1998-08-18) 18 August 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Milton Shumba Zimbabwe (2000-10-19) 19 October 2000 (age 19) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Cunningham Ncube Zimbabwe (1990-04-17) 17 April 1990 (age 29) Right-handed
Taffy Mupariwa Zimbabwe (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Shoun Handirisi Zimbabwe (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 25) Right-handed
Ryan Murray Zimbabwe (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm off break
Spin Bowlers
Ainsley Ndlovu Zimbabwe (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 24) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox List A and Twenty20 Captain
John Nyumbu Zimbabwe (1985-05-31) 31 May 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break First Class Captain
Pace Bowlers
Chris Mpofu Zimbabwe (1985-11-27) 27 November 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Ernest Masuku Zimbabwe (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Thabo Mboyi Zimbabwe (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Sheunopa Musekwa Zimbabwe (1994-01-06) 6 January 1994 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Steve Chimhamhiwa Zimbabwe (1991-03-05) 5 March 1991 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Luke Jongwe Zimbabwe (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium


  1. ^ Price, Steven (8 May 2009). "Zimbabwe rips up domestic structure and starts again". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Logan Cup, 2009/10 / Points table". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Faithwear Metbank One-Day Competition, 2009/10 / Points table". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "Stanbic Bank 20 Series, 2009/10 / Results". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (30 March 2011). "Bowlers dominate opening day of Logan Cup final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Castle Logan Cup, 2010/11 / Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ Sports Reporter (17 March 2012). "Tuskers coach hails bowlers' performance in Logan Cup". The Chronicle. Zimbabwe Newspapers, Ltd. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Champions Tuskers descend on Harare". Daily News. Retrieved 2017.

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