The national Under-17 cricket team ended their campaign at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Under-17 Week disappointingly after suffering a 148-run defeat to Boland at the Johan Volsteedt Oval at Grey College in Bloemfontein on Thursday.
Zimbabwe, who had an impressive tournament in which they lost just one match with experienced former New Zealand all-rounder, Chris Harris playing a major part as manager of the side, won the toss and sent Boland in to bat.
According to the CSA website, Boland managed 256 before losing their last wicket in the final over thanks to half-centuries by Hanno Kotze (75) and David Stofberg (72).
Zimbabwe was in turn bundled out for 108 with Ryan Burl (37), being their main contributor. Seam bowler, Justin Dill was the pick of Boland’s bowlers, grabbing four wickets for 21 runs.
Zimbabwe started their campaign with a match against KwaZulu Natal Inland which lasted only 3,1 overs before play was abandoned due to incessant rain.
Harris’ boys registered their first victory of the tournament in their second match where they posted a convincing 109-run win over Easterns.
In the match Ryan Burl top-scored with a magnificent 122 while Luke Jongwe added a further 83 runs as Zimbabwe recovered from 46 for three to reach 367 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. Malcolm Lake (70) also catapulted the team towards their total with his half-century which was scored off just 34 deliveries.
In reply, Easterns were restricted to 258 for eight as they fell 109 runs short of Zimbabwe’s total.
Incessant rains yet again forced the abandonment of Zimbabwe’s third match against Western Province.
Having restricted the hosts to 236 for seven with Odicious Mbanje taking three wickets for 30 Zimbabwe could have fancied their chances of chasing down the meager total but did not manage to bat due to rain.
Zimbabwe was using the tournament as part of their preparations for the 2012 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in August next year in Australia.
Zimbabwe is in Group D alongside Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, neighbours South Africa, Bangladesh and Namibia.