Presented without comment, below the cut you'll find the scorecard for the 1st Youth Twenty20 between South Africa U19 and Zimbabwe U19.
South Africa 184/8 (20 overs; de Kock 49, Chari 2/5), Zimbabwe 145/6 (20 overs; Kasuza 68, Engelbrecht 2/13). South Africa U19 win by 39 runs.
Presented without comment, below the cut you'll find the scorecard for the 5th Youth ODI between South Africa U19 and Zimbabwe U19.
South Africa 276/6 (50 overs; Nofal 78, Mamihyo 2/56), Zimbabwe 205 (47.4 overs; Chari 71, Nofal 3/42). South Africa U19 win by 71 runs.
Presented without comment, below the cut you'll find the scorecard for the 4th Youth ODI between South Africa U19 and Zimbabwe U19.
Zimbabwe 152 (47.2 overs; Bentley 82, Engelbrecht 4/24), South Africa 153/3 (33 overs; Verster 67, Kaia 3/23). South Africa U19 win by 7 wickets.
Zimbabwe under-19s crumbled to a 157 run loss against South Africa who wrapped up the series 3-0 with two matches still to play at the Bridge House School in Franschhoek. The home side were without their captain Keaton Jennings, Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field and South Africa set a high total of 293. Regardt Verster top scored with 65 runs from 103 balls featuring four boundaries and two sixes along with Johan Du Preez(46) who fell four runs short of a half-century.
Calum Price was the only bowler to finish his ten overs and was the highest wicket taker for Zimbabwe with four for 48 runs. Wicket-keeper, Kudzai Sauramba, resorted to using eight bowlers as a means to restrict further damage from the South Africans.
Zimbabwe were given a brief moment of hope of at least putting up a fight when Godwill Mamhiyo (30) and Kevin Kasuza (32) put together 63 for the second wicket. But Vaaltyn and Subrayen dismantled the rest of their line-up. Vaaltyn struck first, removing Kasuza and then getting two more wickets, and Subrayen ran through the lower-middle order and tail as Zimbabwe surrendered meekly.
Thereafter South Africa's spin duo of left-armer Prenelan Subrayen and legspinner Lionel Vaaltyn ran through Zimbabwe's line-up, taking eight wickets between them as the visitors were bowled out for 136 in 40.3 overs. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 293/9 (50 overs; Verster 65, Price 4/48), Zimbabwe 136 (40.3 overs; Kasuza 32, Subrayen 5/27). South Africa U19 win by 157 runs.
[Match report via ZC]
A half century by captain Keaton Jennings led South Africa Under 19 to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe Under 19 in their youth one-day international (ODI) at the Stellenbosch University Ground on Saturday, to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
South Africa won the toss and sent Zimbabwe in to bat. The visitors struggled against the South African bowling, with only Kevin Kasuza (54) making any meaningful runs, and Zimbabwe were bowled out for 140 in the 44th over.
The wickets were shared out among the South African bowlers, with only captain Keaton Jennings failing to take a wicket, although he conceded only 15 runs off his five overs. The spin bowling of Malcolm Nofal and Prenalen Subrayen proved particularly effective. Subrayen finished with admirable figures of 2/19 off 10 overs.
With just 140 runs to defend, Zimbabwe were always going to battle to keep South Africa at bay. They celebrated when Liberty Nherera caught the prolific Quinton de Kock off his own bowling for 20, but Jennings led his team to victory with his second half century of the series.
Jennings scored his second half century of the series, making 54 from 74 balls. Although he and Grant Edmeades were both run out within five overs of each other, South Africa had no trouble knocking off the runs, and completed their victory with 17 overs to spare.
Full scorecard below the cut. The five-match ODI series will be followed by two Twenty20 matches.
Zimbabwe 140 (43.4 overs; Kasuza 54, Subrayen 2/19), South Africa 141/3 (32.3 overs; Jennings 54, Nherera 1/29). South Africa U19 win by 7 wickets.
[Match report via ZC]
After a thorough drubbing at the U19 Cubs Weeks competition, where Zimbabwe U19 failed to win a match against any of the SA franchise U19 sides, their South African tour moved on to the important part yesterday with the first of five ODIs against South Africa U19. SA posted 266/8 from their 50 overs - the partnership of Keaton Jennings (72) and James Price (98) producing most of their runs, with Zimbabwe taking regular wickets once Price fell in the 29th over. Matthew Bentley took 3/62 to lead the Zimbabwe bowling figures.
Zimbabwe had no similar partnership to anchor their own innings, though, the best being a 45-run knock between Liberty Nherera (26) and Peacemore Zimwa (37) well down the order, and after remaining behind the required run rate for pretty much all of the innings they were bowled out for 220 with 9 balls left. Not a disgrace, though, and some positives that can be taken into the rest of the series. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 266/8 (50 overs; Price 98, Bentley 3/62), Zimbabwe 220 (48.3 overs; Sauramba 53, Jennings 2/9). South Africa U19 win by 46 runs.
Zimbabwe U19 are currently in South Africa - they've been taking part in the franchise Cubs Week tournament (without much success), but they've also got a full schedule against South Africa U19 starting tomorrow. Here's the fixture list:
11 January 2011 SA U19 Invitation XI v Zimbabwe U19 Boland Bank Park, Paarl 13 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 1st Youth ODI Northerns-Goodwood Cricket Club Oval, Cape Town 15 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 2nd Youth ODI Stellenbosch University Ground 16 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 3rd Youth ODI Bridge House School, Franschoek 18 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 4th Youth ODI Boland Bank Park, Paarl 20 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 5th Youth ODI Newlands, Cape Town 22 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 1st Youth T20I Boland Bank Park, Paarl 23 January 2011 SA U19 v Zimbabwe U19: 2nd Youth T20I PP Smit Stadium, Bellville, Cape Town
Zimbabwe's women met South Africa for the second time in a week on Sunday, in the final of the Africa Zone Qualifiers for the Women's World Cup, and after having lost by 8 wickets last time around, Zimbabwe found themselves on the receiving end of an even more convincing victory by the South Africans that served to highlight the huge gap between South Africa and the rest of the continent in this competition - Zimbabwe are by quite some distance the #2 side in Africa, and yet weren't able to even come close to their southern neighbours.
Batting first, South Africa posted a massive 314/4 from their 50 overs, with an unbeaten 132 from Dane van Niekerk leading their charge while Shandre Fritz added 82 of her own - between them, the pair's opening partnership put on 155 runs before Zimbabwe were able to make a breakthrough, with Fritz caught & bowled by Sharne Mayers. It didn't get much better for Zim from there, either, as their bowling had great trouble making any inroads against the South African lineup.
There were no such problems when the roles were reversed, either, as Zimbabwe were skittled for a platry 33 in 20 overs. "Extras", with 9, was the largest contribution to the Zimbabwe scorecard, Chipo Mugeri's 8 being the best batsman, as Zimbabwe fell to a massive 281-run loss. On the one hand the result doesn't really matter, with Zimbabwe having already qualified for the next qualifying round (to be held in Bangladesh in November 2011), but South Africa's margin of victory can only highlight just how much work Zimbabwe need to do if they're to have any chance of making it through the next round to the World Cup itself. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 314/4 (50 overs; van Niekerk 132*, Mpofu 1/55), Zimbabwe 33 (20 overs; Mugeri 8, Loubser 5/7). South Africa Women win by 281 runs.
Zimbabwe Women scored a 91-win run over Tanzania in their final group match against Tanzania on Saturday, securing their place in the tournament final. Zimbabwe set a target of 167 for Tanzania to chase, with Sharne Maters (47*) and Ashley Ndiraya (43) doing most of the work; Zena Hassan took 4/30 for Tanzania. In reply, though, Tanzania never got close, bowled out for 76 in the 42nd over, with Precious Marange leading Zim's bowling with 4/10. The win left Zimbabwe level on points with Kenya after the final group round, but with a significantly better Net Run Rate. Zimbabwe now meet South Africa again in the final on Sunday, while the 3rd-place playoff will be between Kenya and Uganda. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 167/9 (50 overs; Mayers 47*, Saidi 4/30), Tanzania 76 (41.2 overs; Mawole 14, Marange 4/10). Zimbabwe Women win by 91 runs.
Kenya's women score and unexpected win over Zimbabwe in the 3rd round of group matches, beating Zim by 38 runs. Batting first, Kenya posted 149 before being bowled out in the 49th over, a score helped in no small part by the 42 extras thaat Zimbabwe's bowlers conceded - making Zim Kenya's "top scorer" by quite some margin. The best Kenyan with the bat was Sarah Bhakita, on 27, while Sinikiwe Mpofu took 3/23. In reply, though Zimbabwe only managed 111, with four of the Kenya bowlers combining in a team effort to take all 10 wickets, including 3 apiece for Bhakita and Belinda Maska. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 149 (48.2 overs; Bhakita 27, Mpofu 3/15), Zimbabwe 111 (40 overs; Mpofu 21, Bhakita 3/23). Kenya Women win by 38 runs.