Blessing Mavuta destroys Namibia

CAPTAIN Blessing Mavuta took six wickets as Zimbabwe Under-19s crushed their Namibian counterparts by eight wickets in an ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup warm-up match in the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong yesterday.

Mavuta’s magic with the ball helped see Namibia, who won the toss and chose to bat first, all out for 120 in 39.5 overs.

Zimbabwe had little trouble chasing down the target, with Shaun Snyder making 60 runs off 62 balls before retiring hurt in the 20th over.

His opening partner, Brendan Sly, was two runs short of his own 50 and as many runs shy of eclipsing Namibia’s total when he was caught by substitute fielder Burton Jacobs off a Honga delivery, but the job was as good as done.

With Zimbabwe needing just two runs to wrap up the game, Honga struck again, catching William Mashinge off his bowling as he dismissed him for a three-ball duck.

Ryan Murray and Wesley Madhevhere, however, scored a run apiece to finish unbeaten on one and two respectively as Stephen Mangongo’s charges clinched a comfortable eight-wicket victory with 166 balls to spare.

This was Zimbabwe’s final warm-up match before they get their ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup campaign underway against Fiji at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Friday.

After that Zimbabwe will face England at the same venue on Sunday before completing their Group C action against the West Indies on February 2.

There are 16 teams in the 11th edition of the biennial tournament, with nine of them being Test-playing nations.

The rest are Associate and Affiliate members — Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland.

The 16 teams are in four groups, with the top two in each group advancing to the Super League quarter-finals while the other two will play in the Plate championships.

Namibia Under -19s — 120 in 39.5 overs (Sybrand Jacobus Loftie-Eaton 38, Zane Green 23; Blessing Mavuta 6-18, Jeremy Ives 2-19)

Zimbabwe Under-19s — 121 for 2 in 22.2 overs (Shaun Snyder 60), Brendan Sly 48; Motjaritje Honga 2-4) Zimbabwe Under-19s won by eight wickets (with 166 balls remaining). — zimcricket

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