The Zimbabwe U17 cricket squad ended this year’s Cricket South Africa week on a low losing to North West Province by 89 runs on the last day of the tournament – yesterday.
Throughout the week Zimbabwe struggled to put together match winning performances but the squad has shown great character. What needs to be done going forward in preparation for the ICC U19 Cricket world cup, is to keep the group together and bring a few extra guys who do well in the local schools league to fight for a place on the team.
Of utmost importance would be to organise fixtures that get the lads playing together. Similar to the U19 triangular series in India this year, the sticking point in South Africa has been the lack of match experience for Zimbabwe as a unit. Fixtures against the likes of Namibia, Kenya and even a couple of Asian nations, would go a long way in thwarting the inexperience bug.
Zimbabwe’s Nick Welch ended the week in position five on the most runs table averaging 41.33 runs per innings with a strike rate of 86.71%. Welch scored 248 runs – 31 fours, 2 sixes, 2 fifties – in 7 innings despite scoring zero in one of them. The next Zimbabwean on the list is Tafara Mupariwa in position 22 with 162 runs albeit for Kwa-Zulu Natal not Zimbabwe. Our SSN Player of The Year, Gary King featured three places below Mupariwa with 153 runs.
Kundai Matigimu claimed 7 wickets through out the week to take position 26 on the most wickets table. Hailing from St George’s College, Matigimu bowled 27 overs in 5 innings registering an economy of 5.37 .
The team’s moment of brilliance came on Monday when they chased a 233 total against Griquasland West in Paarl. Rain served Griquas the Zimbabwean onslaught but not entirely as Zimbabwe won by 26 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Boland U17 v Zimbabwe U17 Zim: 126 all out (51.1 overs) Gary King 44, Reinhardt Fortuin 3/24 Boland: 159 all out (45.4 overs) Elliot Moses 39, Brad Evans 3/27, Kundai Matigimu 3/22 Zim: 88/1 (20 overs) Nick Welch 51* Result: Match drawn (Boland won on 1st innings)
KZN Inland U17 v Zimbabwe U17 Zim: 234/7 decl (75 overs) Tabryz Muhammad 60*, Gary King 57, Richard Lock 35, Jean de Wet 2/27 KZN Inland: 94/3 (45 overs) Jaryd Edy 25* Result: Match drawn
Northerns U17 v Zimbabwe U17 Northers: 134/6 (20 overs) Kabelo Raseleka 56, Evan Jones 44 Zimbabwe: 106 all out (20 overs) Nick Welch 34, Schalk van Heerden 3/2 Result: Northerns won by 28 runs
Griquas U17 v Zimbabwe U17 Griquas: 234/8 (50 overs) Leon Lubbe 55, Tristan Traugott 45, Reubin Visagie 41 Zimbabwe: 200/6 (38.2 overs) Nick Welch 52, Edward Byrom 45, Richard Ntumka 3/44 Result: Zimbabwe won by 26 runs on D/L Method
North West U17 v Zimbabwe U17 North West: 250/5 (50 overs) Tommie le Roux 73, Lesego Senokwane 50, Tshepang Motjale 33 Zimbabwe: 161 all out (42.2 overs) Shane Snater 39, Nick Welch 31, Tabryz Muhammad31, Tommie le Roux 3/19, Lesego Senokwane 3/21 Result: North West won by 89 runs
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