Victory At Last In Stellenbosch

The Zimbabwe U19 cricket side held on for a well earned first win of the CSA Cubs Week Tournament in South Africa yesterday against the Warriors. Ironically this was the Warriors first defeat in Stellenbosch.

The Malcom Lake captained side has struggled since last year’s tour of India where they failed to pick up a single win despite some good showings at the crease by Joylord Gumbie and Ryan Burl. The victory against the warriors becomes the first win by a Zimbabwean U19 side since the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup – to be fair to the lads though, Zimbabwe Cricket has failed to give the team and the coaches lots of game time since then.

Kierran Geyle and Douglas Hondo used the ball well posting figures of 4/19 and 3/23 respectively, bowling the Warriors out for 129 runs. Zimbabwe reached the target in the 48th over registering a 2 wicket victory.

Day 1

Zimbabwe U19 v Cape Cobras

Zimbabwe: 121 all out (Blair Lake 42, Justin Dill 2/17, Yolisa Mona 2/34)
Cobras: 87/4 (Jason Smith 26*, Riaz Sader 25)
Result: Cobras won by 6 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)

Day 2

Zimbabwe v Titans 

Zimbabwe: 163/8 in 31 overs (Ryan Burl 43*, Dylan Nel 35, Leus du Plooy 2/27)
Titans: 122/4 in 26 overs (Kabela Sekekhune 37, Tinashe Kamhunukamwe 2/31).
Result: Titans won by 6 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method).

Day 3

Highveld Lions v Zimbabwe

Lions: 247/9 (Bradley Dial 77, Jayden Broodryk 36*, Cutberth Musoko 2/26)
Zimbabwe: 113/9 (Blair Lake 34, Jayden Broodryk 2/12).
Result: Highveld Lions won by 134 runs

Day 4

Warriors v Zimbabwe

Chevrolet Warriors: 129 (Kirwin Christoffels 44, Kieran Geyle 4/19, Dylan Hondo 3/23)
Zimbabwe: 130/8 (Bradley Bopp 3/23, Richard Maree 3/24).
Result: Zimbabwe won by 2 wickets

Today – Day 5 is the last day of the CSA Cubs week and Zimbabwe are playing Dolphins and will hope to register another win to boost their confidence ahead of the ICC U19 World Cup set for next month in the United Arab Emirates.