ZIMBABWE’S Under-19 cricket team got their campaign at Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week off to a disappointing note after losing to the Cape Cobras in a rain-affected match in Stellenbosch on Sunday.
The World Cup-bound squad, using the tournament to prepare for the World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in February, lost by six wickets courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis method.
After being sent in to bat first, Zimbabwe were bowled out for a paltry 121 runs with skipper Malcolm Lake leading from the front as he top-scored with 42.
Lake, however, did not get any support from his teammates, who struggled against a strong Cape Cobras bowling attack.
The Cobras duo of Justin Dill and Yolisa Mona were the pick of the bowlers, finishing with two wickets apiece.
After being bowled out for a paltry score, Zimbabwe needed a strong bowling display and had reduced the Cape Cobras to 87 for four before the match was called off due to wet weather.
Zimbabwe are using the tournament to prepare for the ICC Under-19 World Cup where they will play in Group C alongside Canada, South Africa and West Indies.
Zimbabwe 121 (Blair Lake 42; Justin Dill 2/17, Yolisa Mona 2/34); Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras 87/4 (Jason Smith 26*, Riaz Sader 25). Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras won by six wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method).
Chevrolet Warriors 222 (Lloyd Brown 39, Bradley Bopp 38; Greg Oldfield 7/42); Sunfoil Dolphins 118 (Jason Oakes 53; Lance Roelfse 6/12). Chevrolet Warriors won by 59 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method).
Chevrolet Knights 158 (Christian Steyn 48, Patrick Kruger 23; Leus du Plooy 3/19, Corbin Bosch 2/14); Unlimited Titans 159/3 (Aidan Markram 72, Leus du Plooy 34*; Paballo Mogoera 1/13). Unlimited Titans won by seven wickets.
South Africa U17 163 (Andile Phehlukwayo 47, Grant Roelofsen 21; Kagiso Rabada 2/11); Bizhub Highveld Lions 161/9 (Yaseen Valli 65*; Dayyaan Galiem 4/29). Bizhub Highveld Lions won by one wicket (Duckworth/Lewis method).