Jongwe, Bell lauded

HARARE - Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket coach, Walter Chawaguta has singled out all-rounder Luke Jongwe and  leg-spinner Deven Bell for praise during the team's disappointing show at the Youth World Cup that ended in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last week.

The team finished 11th at the World Cup after beating host UAE in their last playoff encounter in Abu Dhabu buoyed by Jongwe's 111-ball 80 runs.

The young all-rounder Jongwe ended the tournament with three half-tons, 55 against neighbours South Africa in the group stage, 50 against Bangladesh in a ninth place playoff and 80 against UAE.

"We are better than that 11th place," Chawaguta told the Daily News on Sunday.

"He (Jongwe) has done wonderfully well for us and for me it's the ability he has to read the situation and bat accordingly.

"He has played himself in most of the time and that has enabled him to accelerate at the right time. His experience has come in handy for us especially in moments when we were under pressure."

Leg-spinner Bell had a total of three wickets but was economical with the ball with off-spinner Patrick Mambo leading the pack with seven wickets.

"Deven Bell has also been the most consistent performer with the ball," he added.

"He worked very hard with the bowling coach and watching him bowl consistently, landing the ball in the right areas was such a lesson for the rest of the bowlers that indeed hard work pays."

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