ZIMBABWE’S Under-19 cricket team ended their campaign at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week on a losing note after falling to Sunfoil Dolphins by 97 runs in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Thursday.
BY DANIEL NHAKANISO
The national youth team, which was using the tournament to prepare for next month’s ICC Under-19 World Cup in the UAE, was bowled out for 133 runs while chasing the Dolphins competitive target of 233 runs.
Stephen Kamhunukamwe was the only Zimbabwean batsman to offer some resistance with a fighting knock of 44 runs as the other batsmen failed to convert their good starts.
The defeat was Zimbabwe’s fourth loss of the campaign and ensured the Walter Chawaguta-coached side finished the tournament with just one win from five outings in South Africa.
Zimbabwe’s lone victory in South Africa came on Wednesday when they beat the Chevrolet Warriors by two wickets.
This was also the Warriors’ first defeat in the tournament. Zimbabwe put up a superb bowling display courtesy through Kieran Geyle (4/19) and Dylan Hondo (3/23) to bowl out the Warriors for a paltry 129.
Zimbabwe reached the winning runs in the 48th over. The Warriors pair of Bradley Bopp (3/23) and Richard Maree (3/24) made Zimbabwe work hard for their runs, but in the end the visitors secured a well-earned win. The victory against the warriors becomes the first win by a Zimbabwean U19 side since the 2012 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.
Zimbabwe last competed at a quadrangular tournament in India last year, which featured the hosts, Australia and South Africa, finishing the tour without a single win.
Zimbabwe’s Results at the CSA Franchise Cubs Week
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)
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).
Highveld Lions v Zimbabwe
Lions: 247/9 (Bradley Dial 77, Jayden Broodryk 36*, Cuthberth Musoko 2/26)
Zimbabwe: 113/9 (Blair Lake 34, Jayden Broodryk 2/12).
Result: Highveld Lions won by 134 runs
Chevrolet 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
Sunfoil Dolphins v Zimbabwe
Sunfoil Dolphins 233/10 (L Schlemmer 57, S Mahmoud 47, B Lake 3/46, H Chikomba 2/43, L Jongwe 2/48). Zimbabwe 133/10 (T Kamhunukamwe 44) – Result Dolphins won by 97 runs.