Zim crashes out of U19 World Cup

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket team crashed out of the Youth World Cup following a seven-wicket deaf against South Africa in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The defeat to neighbours South Africa coupled by West Indies' 63-run victory over Canada saw Zimbabwe finishing the group stage in third place.

The locals will however, remain in the United Arab Emirates where they will participate in the Plate Championship.

A Plate Championship is played by the teams that have exited the tournament in the group stages.

Zimbabwe went into yesterday's match needing nothing short of a victory as they were tied on two points with West Indies but with an inferior net run rate -1.441.

Walter Chawaguta’s teenagers had won their first match comfortably by beating Canada by six wickets with 37 balls remaining before losing their second match to the West Indies by 167 runs on Sunday.

Yesterday after winning the toss and electing to bat first, middle-order batsman Luke Jongwe's half century was the mainstay of the team's innings as Zimbabwe posted a meagre total of 198 all out in 49.4 overs.

Jongwe top scored for Zimbabwe with 55 off 53 deliveries before he was bowled by seamer Kagiso Rabada on the second last ball of the innings.

Other notable contributions with the bat came from Kieran Geyle (39), Malcolm Lake (22), Joylord Gumbie (18) and Charles Kunje (15).

The South Africans were sloppy with their fielding giving away 33 extras, 19 wides, eight byes and six leg byes but made amends with the bat.

The young Proteas were, however, more efficient with the bat as they reached 199 in their chase inside 39 overs for the loss of three wickets only.

Zimbabwe’s off-spinner Herbert Chikomba picked two wickets for 44 runs from nine overs while seamer Cuthbert Musoko got the other wicket.

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