Zimbabwe Post Second Win Against Namibia

The Zimbabwe U19s registered their second win against Namibia in their 15th place play-off at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane. Half-centuries by Ryan Burl and captain, Matthew Bentley set up a 70-run victory for Zimbabwe. Bentley won the toss and chose to bat, but his team found themselves in trouble at 10 for 2 as Namibia’s Jason Davidson removed both the openers. The captain took it upon himself to save his team from an embarrassing 16th place finish and that he did as he partnered with Kevin Kasuza to  resurrect the Zimbabwe’s innings. The duo put on 62 runs for the third wicket before Kevin Kasuza was caught by Wian van Vuuren in 20th over. Bentley partnered with Burl for a 113-run fourth-wicket stand. Bentley made 67 and Burl scored 78. The Zimbabwean lower managed to do enough to bring the total to 236 for 9 after 50 overs.

The Zimbabwean bowling attack struck early to keep the Namibians at bay.  Namibia was on 49 for 2 in the 15th over. The introduction of  Gerhard Erasmus helped Namibia steady their chase, adding 32 runs to the scoreboard before his dismissal by Peacemore Zimwa. Luke picked up Namibia’s final wicket with the Steven Baard led team on 166 in the 41st over. Jongwe and Zimwa grabbed 3 wickets each while Masakadza picked up 2 wickets and Lake and Musoko claimed a wicket each. Zimbabwe beat Namibia by 70 runs.