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.
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.
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.