Heartbreak: Zimbabwe To Play Papua New Guinea For 13th Place

In an unfortunate turn of events yesterday, Zimbabwe lost their Plate Championship quarter-final at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup to a spirited Scotland side in Brisbane.

Zimbabwe captain, Matthew Bentley won the toss and asked Scotland to bat first. The Zimbabwean bowling line-up managed to keep  all but one of the Scottish batsmen who got the chance to bat under 50 but that was not enough as the Scots put in a great team performance to post 241 runs for 7 after 50 overs. Nicholas Farrar, top scored for Scotland with 58. Zimbabwe’s Bowie and Jongwe took two wickets each while Lake, Odendaal and the captain claimed one wicket a-piece.

After the loss to India, Zimbabwe’s coach Chris Harris had this say, “Every time we just start to form a bit of a partnership, we play a rash shot and put ourselves under pressure again. It’s a learning curve.”  Once again against the Scots, Zimbabwe did not manage to set up match winning partnerships. Similar to Scotland’s innings, Zimbabwe only had one half-century in the innings – Ryan Burl’s 52. A collective effort by the Scottish bowlers saw Zimbabwe fall 42 runs short of the target after the allocated 50 overs.

Zimbabwe will now play Papua New Guinea for the second time at this year’s ICC U19 World Cup. Their first meeting was in the group stages and Zimbabwe won by 104 runs. This time around Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea will be playing for the tournament’s 13th place. The match to be played at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane might only be a 13th place play off but Zimbabwe have everything to play for as a 14th place finish will be a decline in performance in comparison to their 13th place finish two years back in New Zealand.

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