After loosing their last group match against West Indies earlier today, Zimbabwe have missed out on a spot in the Super League at this year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup but still have everything to play for in the Plate Championship.
West Indies stayed tops in Group C of the U19 World Cup, with another collective bowling performance that ensured a third win in three matches. The West Indies’ bowling attack limited the Zimbabwean batsmen to a 148 total on a small ground at Endeavour Park in Townsville, Australia. All Zimbabwean batsmen were dismissed by catches except for Kevin Kasuza who was bowled out in the 16th over. Malcom Lake who put up a superb performance against India’s bowling attack was once again Zimbabwe’s top scorer , adding 31 to the total before being caught by Hosein in the 32nd over. Zimbabwe survived the innings posting a total of 148 for 8 in 50 overs.
Zimbabwean, Kieran Geyle took two early wickets in the third over to give his countrymen a glimmer of hope of defending their set target but it was not to be. West Indies captain and the only Test batsman in the tournament, Kraig Braithwaite scored the only half-century of the match with his 70 not-out. He led his team to a 6 wicket victory after reaching the target in the 36th over.
Zimbabwe will now prepare for the Plate Championship quarter-final where they face Scotland on Sunday, the 19th of August at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. Going into the Plate Championship Zimbabwe is hoping it will be a repeat 2002 when their Tatenda Taibu led side won the plate in New Zealand, with the captain being named player of the tournament as well.
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