Zimbabwe’s first warm-up match at the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Australia against Namibia saw the Zimbabwean lads pull off an impressive victory.
The warm-up match played today at the Ron McMullin Oval in Buderim, saw Namibia set a target of one hundred and eighty for nine after fifty overs. Stephen Baard steadied Namibia’s ship with his thirty-six runs off forty-four balls when he came in after Namibia’s first three wickets fell with only twenty-three runs on the scoreboard. Zimbabwe’s bowlers were the stars of the day with Cuthbert Musoko taking four wickets from ten overs for forty-two runs and Andre Odendall taking two wickets from five overs for fifteen runs.
Half-centuries by Zimbabwe’s opening batsmen Kevin Kasuza and Luke Masasire set a good attack for the Zimbabwe’s target chase.The pair scored one hundred and twelve runs (Kasuza scored 63 runs and Masasire scored 52 runs) to take Zimbabwe towards the target. Luke Jongwe scored twenty-seven runs off forty balls. The Zimbabwean pair of Matthew Bently and Ryan Burl scored eleven runs not out each to reach the target with ninety-eight balls remaining. Zimbabwe won by seven wickets.
The Zimbabwe Under 19s are off to a good start and the nation hopes they keep up their form when they meet England tommorow in their second warm-up match. The boys have been placed in Group C together with West Indies, India and Papua New Guinea. The young team will be hoping to improve their predecessors’ performance who finished thirteenth in 2010. Zimbabwe will start its world cup campaign in a match-up against Papua New Guinea on the 11th of August.
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