Vermeulen ton puts Zim A on brink

HARARE - Comeback kid Mark Vermeulen century yesterday put Zimbabwe A 54 runs short of victory with four wickets in hand heading into the final day of the unofficial Test match against Afghanistan at Country Club.

Zim A closed day three on 208-6 after 68 overs in their second innings chasing 261 runs for victory.

The former Test player who is eyeing a return into the national fold scored 107 runs from 174 balls occupying the crease for 216 minutes.

His patient knock comprised of 15 boundaries but was unlucky to perish 10 balls before stumps.

Vermeulen played an innings build up with wicketkeeper batsman, Richmond Mutumbami (41) in an 84-run fifth wicket partnership after the host had slid to 108-4 earlier on.

He was also to fall in the 67th over after being caught by Najeeb Tarakai off seamer Mirwais Ashraf.

Young all-rounder Luke Jongwe who scored a half century in the first innings in unbeaten on five runs while tailender John Nyumbu joins him on the crease on a single run.

Match summary

Afghanistan A 105 & 321

Zimbabwe A 165 & 208/6 (68.0 ov)

Zimbabwe A require another 54 runs with 4 wickets remaining

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