Kenya rounded off their tour of Zimbabwe with their largest loss yet, as Tuskers warmed up for the forthcoming Stanbic T20 in the best possible way. Kenya managed just 117 from their 20 overs, with Aga's 53 being the only innings of note in a disappointing knock; Keegan Meth took two wickets in the first over, finishing on 2/27 from his 4 overs, while Glenn Querl again showed his talent, taking 3/13 from 3 overs bowled. Tuskers reached the required target with few problems, with 20 balls still remaining when they crossed the line. Openers Horton (43) and Smith (42) led the way, and while there was a small flurry of wickets towards the end of the innings, it wasn't enough to stop them. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 117/6 (20 overs; Aga 53*, Querl 3/13), Tuskers 121/3 (16.4 overs; Horton 43, Patel 2/19). Matabeleland Tuskers win by 7 wickets.
Zimbabwe's poor campaign at the Women's World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh finally came to an end this morning, with yet another loss, this time to Japan in the 9th-Place playoff match. Japan scored 152 from their innings, with captain Kuribayashi (47) and Yamamoto (38) accounting for most of their score - only one other Japanese player reached double figures - but that still proved too much for Zimbabwe to chase. A mid-innings collapse, from 80/3 to 105/7, put the pressure on Zimbabwe, who were never quite able to recover, and finished their 50 overs still 7 runs short of victory. Full scorecard below the cut.
Japan 152 (49.5 overs; Kuribayashi 47, Charumbira 2/10), Zimbabwe 146/8 (50 overs; Mupachikwa 32, Nakayama 1/15). Japan win by 6 runs.
Another day, another loss for Kenya, this time in the first of two T20s they're scheduled to play against Midwest Rhinos. Kenya, batting first, posted 114 before being bowled out, with only Obuya (44) and Odhiambo (24) making much of an impression; Graeme Cremer marked his return to fitness with 2/17; but once again it was Gary Ballance who starred for Rhinos, scoring 43 off 41 balls - ably assisted by Malcolm Waller, with 33 off 25 - as Rhinos raced to the target with over 3 overs to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 114 (18.5 overs; Obuya 44, Muzhange 3/15), Rhinos 115/5 (16.3 overs; Ballance 43, Otieno 3/20). Midwest Rhinos win by 5 wickets.
This was the last match of the Harare leg of the Kenyan tour, and Mountaineers saw them off to Kwekwe with a fairly straghtforward 14-run win. Kevin Kasuza, who's been perhaps the Mountaineers' most impressive performer this season, once again made an impression with the bat, amassing 45 from 40 balls and, along with Harris (22) and Maruma (25) doing most of the work. Kenya in reply couldn't keep up with the require run-rate, and ended on 112/8. Full scorecard below the cut.
Mountaineers 126/6 (20 overs; Kasuza 45, Varaiya 3/24), Kenya 112/8 (20 overs; Aga 37, Chatara 3/18). Mountaineers win by 14 runs.
Kenya made it two wins in one day, as they made light work of Zimbabwe U19 in their afternoon match at Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. Kenya were bowled out for 113 in their innings, with the final wicket falling on the last ball of their knock, but Zim U19 mustered little in the way of fight themselves, with only one player passing 20 as they finished on 102/8, giving Kenya an 11-run win. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 113 (20 overs; Allen 24, Heggins 3/11), Zimbabwe U19 102/8 (20 overs; Zimwa 34, Oluoch 3/18). Kenya win by 11 runs.
Cephas Zhuwao's 59 for Eagles wasn't enough to prevent Kenya from claiming their first win of their Zimbabwean tour, as their lower-order pairing of Patel and Odhiambo did most of the work in seeing them home after Eagles were bowled out for 150. Full scorecard below the cut.
Eagles 150 (19.1 overs; Zhuwao 58, Obuya 2/9), Kenya 151/7 (19.1 overs; Patel 42*, Mbofana 2/12). Kenya win by 3 wickets.
The Kenyan national team continued to be highly competitive but not enough to convert their efforts to a victory as they slumped to a two wicket defeat against the Mashonaland Eagles at Harare Sports Club on Thursday. Mash Eagles lead 2-0 in their three match preparation series prior to their campaign to defend their Stanbic Bank 20 series title.
Kenya batted first and set 122 runs for the loss of seven wickets after winning the toss. Morris Ouma (15) looked confident in the initial stages of his innings before Ray Price had him bowled. Dominic Wesongo was the top run scorer, lower in the order for the Kenyans with an unbeaten 27 runs from 26 balls. The home sides spin pair of Raymond Price and young Tinotenda Mutombodzi continued to torment the visitors, Price once again being the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for 26 in four overs.
Former English county players Peter Trego (22) and Rory Hamilton-Brown (28) were the top scorers for the Eagles set the pace and kept the Eagles well above the run rate for the better half of their innings. Young Nathan Waller had a brisk sensational 16 from nine balls which featured two massive sixes to guide the Eagles to a much easier victory in 18.1 overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo and his captain Collins Obuya took two wickets apiece. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 122/7 (20 overs; Wesongs 27*, Price 2/26), Eagles 126/8 (18.1 overs; Hamilton-Brown 28, Obuya 2/9). Mashonaland Eagles win by 2 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]
Zimbabwe finished off the group stage of the Womens' World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh with yet another loss, this time a thumping 10-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa. Zimbabwe posted 103/8 during a rather sedate innings, at a rate of just over 2/over; South Africa, scoring at nearly 9/over, took only 12 overs to reach the target, for the loss of no wickets. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe now go on to face Japan in the 9th-place playoff om 22 November (Tuesday).
Zimbabwe 103/8 (50 overs; Ndiraya 22, Loubser 5/9), South Africa 106/0 (12 overs; Fritz 69*, Chetty 25*). South Africa win by 10 wickets.
If there was a match that Zimbabwe Women should have won in the World Cup Qualifiers campaign, this was it, but fellow Group A minnows USA stood up when it counted and hung on for a 1-run win. After USA set a target of 189 for Zimbabwe to chase, Zim got off to a slow start in reply, not helped by the loss of regular wickets. Captain Sharne Mayers' 19 off 15 balls added some impetus, but a late collapse finished off Zimbabwe's chances, as they fell agonisingly short of the target. Full scorecard below the cut.
USA 188/8 (50 overs; Bhaskar 72, Saili 2/24), Zimbabwe 187 (48.5 overs; Chatonzwa 28*, Marshall 3/34). USA win by 1 run.
Mashonaland Eagles handed the Kenya national team a three-wicket defeat in the first Twenty20 match of their tour of Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first setting a target of 124 runs for the loss of six wickets but the home team chased down the target with two balls remaining.
Zimbabwe Cricket domestic franchises MidWest Rhinos and the Mashonaland Eagles are hosting the Kenyan national team as part of their preparations for the Stanbic Bank 20 series starting on the 24th of November.
The visitors team captain Collins Obuya top scored in the match with an inspiring 44 from 32 balls and Duncan Allad who opened the batting chipped in with a handy 15 runs.
Although the Mash Eagles used seven bowlers and each almost got a wicket, veteran left-arm spinner Ray Price played a big role to stop massive run scoring with an attacking economic bowling.
Price finished without a wicket but only conceded 18 from his allotted four overs. Nehemiah Odhiambo finished off the innings with a quick cameo of 30 from 38 balls.
Mash Eagles were convinced that the total was low enough to take on the Kenyans without too much diligence. They lost early wickets with the captain Stuart Matsikenyeri among the low scorers, caught for just five runs.
Elton Chigumbura (24) played his natural game and upped the run rate with his partner Foster Mutizwa (34), a partnership which drove the Eagles a step closer to the target, though not within safety.
The Eagles needed 10 runs from the last over and they capitalised on some sloppy Kenyan fielding and managed to push through a victory with two balls to spare. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 124/6 (20 overs; Obuya 44, Zhuwao 1/2), Eagles 126/7 (19.3 overs; Mutizwa 34*, Varaiya 2/22). Mashonaland Eagles win by 3 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]