Patrick Mambo and Ryan Burl put in brilliant performances in a plate quarter-final match played yesterday (February-22) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Nursery 2.
Mambo posted figures of 4 for 31 in his seven overs. Kieran Geyle also enjoyed a good outing taking two wickets from his 10 overs with an impressive economy of 3.30. Opening batsman Xander Pitchers top-scored for Namibia with a 116-ball 78 before being caught behind by Joylord Gumbie off a Mambo scorcher in the 46th over.
SJ Loftie-Eaton also did well with the bat for Namibia adding 45 runs to his team’s total off 64 deliveries. Zimbabwe managed to restrict their neighbours to 194/8.
Zimbabwe’s chase didn’t start too well as Malcom Lake’s boys found themselves on 2-35 with Tarisai Musakanda having departed for a duck (0) in the second over. Burl came out at four and was unbeaten with a hard fought 55. Gumbie, Geyle and Lake all partnered with Burl during Zim’s innings as they chased down 194. Lake scored 39 not out.
The Zimbos scored 197/4 with 29 balls to spare, registering a six-wicket win over Namibia.
Zimbabwe will face Bangladesh in the plate semi-final on Tuesday (February-25). Bangladesh made light-work of the Canadians, posting a convincing nine-wicket victory over them at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday.