The Zimbabwe Under-19 team got their preparations for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup off to a good start after securing a comfortable seven-wicket win over Namibia in their first warm-up at the Ron McMullin Oval in Queensland, Australia, yesterday.
Openers Kevin Kasuza (63) and Luke Masasire (52) scored brilliant half centuries which steered Zimbabwe to 181 for three after Namibia had set a target of 180 from their allotted 50 overs.
Earlier right arm fast medium bowler Cuthbert Musoko had taken four wickets to restrict the Namibians to a paltry score after they had won the toss and elected to bat.
Stephan Baard top-scored for Namibia with 36 runs while the rest of the batting line-up struggled to handle the Zimbabwean seamers.
Musoko was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four wickets for 42 runs while his seam partner Andre Odendaal also chipped in with two wickets.
The opening pair of vice-captain Kasuza and Masasire raced to a quick-fire opening stand of 112 runs inside 17 overs to put the Namibians under pressure from the outset.
Kasuza struck six fours in his 63 off 69 balls while Masasire blitzed 52 runs off 47 balls in a knock that included three fours and two sixes.
Even after the dismissal of the opening pair in quick succession, Zimbabwe were already on course to a deserved win.
Zimbabwe will today play England in their final warm-up match before their first Group C match against Papua New Guinea on Saturday. England, who beat Pakistan by five wickets in their warm-up match yesterday, are a competitive side and will test Zimbabwe’s preparedness ahead of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s opponents in Group C, Papua New Guinea, India and West Indies both posted convincing wins in their first warm-up matches yesterday.
West Indies posted shock 13-run win over hosts and favourites Australia while India got the better of Sri Lanka by 33 runs in a low-scoring match.
Minnows Papua New Guinea thrashed fellow minnows Nepal by eight wickets.