As usual, the 13-a-side tour match between Zimbabweand and New Zealand XI turned into a bit of practice, mostly for the hosts, before petering out to a draw. NZ XI got off to a shaky start in their first innings, losing two early wickets for 6 runs before the middle order settled and pushed on to 272/7 before declaring; while Zimbabwean's reply, which saw them reach 329 before being bowled out, will have done Regis Chakabva's chances of selection for the Test match no harm - he top-scored with an unbeaten 89. NZ XI seemed to get the measure of the Zimbabwean bowlers in the second innings, though, with only one wicket falling (Bracewell, bowled by Cremer for 26). Four others retired, to see NZ XI reach 274/5 at the close of play, securing the draw. After a good start on the first day, the Zimbabwean camp should be worried by their inability to make breakthroughs in the 2nd innings, and with the one-off Test starting on Thursday, there's not much time to work out the problem. Full scorecard below the cut.
New Zealand XI 272/7d (73.5 overs; Watling 84, S Masakadza 2/36) & 274/5 (62 overs; van Wyk 61, Cremer 1/56), Zimbabweans 329 (107 overs; Chakabva 87*, Wagner 3/86). Match drawn.
Zimbabwe's final match in the U19 Tri-series was against Pakistan, who have so far been the form team of the tournament - and they again proved themselves with a thumping 7-wicket win against Zimbabwe. After bowling Zimbabwe out for a poor 138 - only two Zimbabweans reach double-figures - Pakistan raced to the target in 28 overs, losing just three wickets along the way. That ends Zimbabwe's participation in the tournament, in which they remained winless, while Pakistan and South Africa will play one further round-robin match before meeting in the final at the weekend. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 138 (40.5 overs; Masasire 65, Zia-ul-Haq 3/23), Pakistan 139/3 (28 overs; Faraz Ali 68, Nherera 1/11). Pakistan U19 win by 7 wickets.
SA made sure that Zim U19's woeful run in the U19 Tri-series continued, inflicting a 3-wicket defeat on this side in Somerset West. Zimbabwe, batting first, were bowled out for 171 - although Campbell Light's unbeaten 59 did a lot to secure him the man of the match award - but while South Africa didn't exactly race away with the run-chase, Zimbabwe weren't able to claim enough wickets to really put the pressure on, and SA reached the target in the 43rd over. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 171 (43.3 overs; Light 59*, Ngoepe 3/38), South Africa 172/7 (42.1 overs; Bowes 50*, Bowie 3/50). South Africa U19 win by 3 wickets.
Another match, another loss for Southern Rocks, this time a 7-wicket Pro50 loss to Rhinos. Put into bat, Rocks scored 211, with Richmond Mutambami's 82 forming the backbone of the innings. Robertson Chinyengetere added 30and that was about it as far as notable knocks went. Richard Muzhange and Simon Mugave took three apiece for Rhinos, whose chase of the target was never in doubt - the top three all scoring 50+, including 58 from in-the-doghouse Vusi Sibanda, and 77* from Gary Ballance. Rhinos reached the target in the 43rd over, with just 3 wickets lost. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 211 (48.3 overs; Mutumbami 82, Muzhange 3/30), Rhinos 212/3 (42.2 overs; Ballance 77*, Matanga 2/43). Midwest Rhinos win by 7 wickets.
After going all to pieces in their Logan Cup encounter during the week, Mountaineers didn't manage much better in the Pro50 rematch on Saturday. Mountaineers won the toss and put Eagles in to bat, managing to restrict them to 218 (after having them at 11/4 in the 4th over); Sikandar Raza and Elton Chigumbura top-scored, both with 58, while Tendai Chatara demolished the Eagles top order on the way to taking 5/38. That should have given Mountaineers a decent chance, but a collapse from 56/1 to 58/4 in the 13th & 14th overs killed their momentum. From there, Eagles made steady progress at chipping away at the remaining batsmen, and when rain intervened at the end of the 33rd over, Mountaineers were already sliding to defeat on 133/8. That proved to be the end of play, and when the Duckworth-Lewis calculations were done, Mountaineers were 59 runs short of the revised target of 193. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 218 (49.3/50 overs; Sikandar Raza 58, Chigumbura 58, Chatara 5/38), Mountaineers (33/33 overs; Pettini 33, Jarvis 3/49). Mashonaland Eagles win by 59 runs (D/L method).
Pakistan U19 put on the best batting performance of the tri-series so far to hand Zimbabwe U19 their fourth defeat, putting on a rapid-fire 305 in their 50 overs - which, based on their performances in the tournament so far, was clearly a scare that Zimbabwe would have no chance of catching. Sami Aslam (75) and Babar Azam (71) opened the assault with an opening partnership of 148, and while Zim did manage to claim a few scalps it never seemed to slow Pakistan down. In reply, Zim simply had no answer, and were bowled out for 215 in the 41st over, with Ryan Burl's mid-order 40 being the best score. Full scorecard below the cut.
Pakistan 305/5 (50 overs; Sami Aslam 75, Zimwa 2/67), Zimbabwe 215 (40.3 overs; Burl 40, Ehsan Adil 3/29). Pakistan U19 win by 90 runs.
Another tri-series match, another defeat for Zimbabwe U19, this time falling to South Africa U19. Choosing to bat first, they posted a below-par 176, only completing 38 of their 50 overs and giving the hosts an easy chase. James Bruce was the pick of the bunch for the Zimbabweans, top scoring with 45. Zim's bowlers took a few early wickets in the South African innings, reducing them to 39/4 in the 13th over and giving themselves a chance, but no further wickets fell as Shaylin Pillay (91*) and Murray Coetzee (51*) completed the chase with 4 overs to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 176 (38.2 overs; Bruce 45, Nqweni 3/40), South Africa 177/4 (45.4 overs; Pillay 91*, Bowie 3/25). South Africa U19 win by 6 wickets. (Match report & scorecard)
Zimbabwe U19 were on the receiving end of another drubbing in the U19 Tri-Series in South Africa yesterday. Pakistan, batting first, reached 265/9 from their 50 overs, with James Bruce (3/64) and Luke Jongwe (3/46) putting in decent performances with the ball along the way. Requiring 5.3/over in their chase, though, Zimbabwe never really got started, and while Jongwe and Luke Masasire (top-scorer for Zimbabwe with 54) put on a decent opening partnership, once the first wicket fell is started a typically-Zimbabwean collapse - from 43/1 in the 17th over, of the remaining batsmen only Bruce (22) passed 20, and Zimbabwe were bowled out for 136 in the 37th over. Zia-ul-Haq's 3/16 led a good combined bowling effort for the Pakistanis. Full scorecard below the cut. The win put Pakistan on top of the tournament table, ahead of South Africa on net run-rate, while Zimbabwe remain bottom.
Pakistan 265/9 (50 overs; Babar Azam 85, Bruce 3/64), Zimbabwe 136 (36.4 overs; Masasire 54, Zia-ul-Haq 3/16). Pakistan U19 win by 129 runs.
The U19 Tri-Series between South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe opened with the meeting of Zimbabwe and South Africa in Cape Town, with a poor start to the game setting the tone for Zimbabwe. Batting first, their top order failed to produce anything useful, as the side was reduced to 73/6 before the lower order found some staying power and launched a late fightback that saw the side to 197/8 at the end of their allotted overs. Travis Muller (3/37) and Rabian Engelbrecht (3/33) did the damage with the ball. In reply, South Africa never struggled, losing just one wicket - Chad Bowes (12) on the way to the target, which they reached in the 33rd over. Full scorecard below the cut. Zimbabwe will meet Pakistan in the tournament's second match on Thursday.
Zimbabwe 197/8 (50 overs; Burl 59, Engelbrecht 3/33), South Africa 202/1 (32.4 overs; de Kock 123*, Bowie 1/44). South Africa U19 win by 9 wickets.
Played six, lost six - Southern Rocks' woeful run in the Logan Cup continued this round, this time to a 7-wicket defeat at the hands of the Midwest Rhinos - although this match at least made it into the fourth day. It's an improvement over the last round's two. Batting first, Rocks posted 178, with Hilary Matanga (63) doing the bulk of the work, while Ed Rainsford found some form to take 5/35 for Eagles. Brian Vitori similarly did well with the ball for Rocks, taking 5/90 but with precious little support from his team-mates, he couldn't keep a lid on Rhinos, who went on to score 444/8 before declaring, with Riki Wessels and Gary Ballance both claiming tons along the way.
Rocks then needed 266 to at least make Rhinos bat again, and given their form this season you maybe wouldn't have bet on them to reach that target, but led by Richmond Mutumbami's 92 they made a good run of their second innings, managing to post 313 - Graeme Cremer took 5/107 along the way - but with that leaving Rhinos a target of just 48, the end wasn't long in coming. Full scorecard below the cut.
Rocks 178 (68.2 overs; Matanga 63, Rainsford 5/35) & 313 (93 overs; Mutumbami 92, Cremer 5/107), Rhinos 444/8 decl (112.5 overs; Wessels 133, Ballance 124, Vitori 5/90) & 48/3 (10.5 overs; Waller 34*, Vitori 2/19). Midwest Rhinos win by 7 wickets.