The Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket squad crashed to a 46-run defeat at the hands of their Southern African counterparts in the first youth one-day international (ODI) match at the Goodwood Cricket Club Oval in Cape Town on Thursday after half-centuries from captain Keaton Jennings and James Price.
Jennings (72) and Price (98) tormented Zimbabwe when they played T20 matches in Harare in July and on Thursday made sure of a repeat performance.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, opener and captain Jennings pummelled the Zimbabwe attack as he combined for with Price for a second-wicket partnership of 50 runs off with the later rushing to his half-century from 43 balls.
The second-wicket partnership reached 100 from 95 balls before Jennings’ 50 came off 73 balls.
Price was two runs off a century and reached his total from 66 balls, putting away seven sixes and seven boundaries. South Africa finally reached 266-8 after 50 overs.
Zimbabwe were 220 all out after 48,3 overs.
Mathew Bentley was the toast of the bowlers, returning figures of 3-62 in 10 overs while Liberty Nherera gave away 38 runs in taking two wickets from seven overs.
In the chase, Zimbabwe lost the first four wickets, Brian Chari (9), Godwill Mamhiyo (2), Kevin Kasuza (32) and Malcom Lake (0) for just 69 runs.
Kudzai Sauramba’s 53 off 74 balls did little to steady the tourists’ sinking ship before he was bowled and caught by Lionel Vaaltyn.
It became even tougher as the run rate was 3,93 when a rate of 12,61 was needed to win the match at 41 overs with Zimbabwe struggling at 164-7 with youth ODI debutantes Ryan Burl having departed for six and Bentley for 17.
Nherera was cruising at 26 from 26 deliveries but was run out by sub CWJ Fortune and Peacemore Zimwa was unbeaten on 26, leaving Zimbabwe at 182-8 after 43,4 overs and needing 85 runs from 38 balls.
Zimwa added 11 and departed when Jennings struck, leaving the tourists reeling at 202-9 with just two overs to go and the game was as good as over.