Zimbabwe outplayed Griquasland West in a match played today at the Paarl Cricket Club Ground in Paarl, South Africa. The Zimbos won by 26 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The day didn’t start well for the visitors – Zimbabwe – as Griquas won the toss and elected to bat first. This decision might have been influenced by the weather forecast which was indicating possible rainfall in the afternoon. Nonetheless the toss was the only thing to go amiss for Zimbabwe as they started well putting the Griquas batting line-up under fire from the first ball.
Griquas first wicket fell in the fourth over courtesy of a Ryan Murray catch off Kundai Matigimu’s pace bowling, with only 10 runs on the board for the South Africans. Visagie and Traugott of Griquas engineered a 78-run stand for the third wicket that steered Griquas into control. Matigimu was the most expensive within Zimbabwe’s bowling attack going for 6.62 but also claimed most wickets, as he picked up the wickets of de Cock and Ntumka. Lock and Ives both posted figures of 1/32 having bowled 10 overs each. Griquas played out their 50 overs scoring 233/8.
Fully aware of the task at hand and the possible time limitations, Zimbabwe’s openers Edward Byrom and Nick Welch took to the crease and set a winning foundation for their team. The duo scored 101 runs for the first wicket off 121 deliveries. Welch top-scored for Zimbabwe with 52 runs while Byrom fell 5 runs shy of half a ton scoring 45 off 71 balls. With the first two wickets down for Zimbabwe, the middle-order did a good job of keeping the win in sight as they scored way above the required run rate for Zimbabwe.
Unfortunately in the 39th over, the rain began to come down in Paarl and the match had to be delayed and it could not continue, so the Duckworth-Lewis method was employed granting Zimbabwe a well deserved 26 run win.
At the time of match abandonement Zimbabwe were at 200/6 with 11.4 overs remaining. Well done to the boys in Paarl.
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