Zimbabwe Under-19s struggle at Cubs Week

HARARE - Zimabwe's Under-19 cricket team struggled at the eight-team Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week in Stellenbosch, recording just one win from five outings.

The young side recorded their only victory of the tournament when they beat the Warriors by two wickets.

Kieran Geyle (4/19) and Dylan Hondo (3/23) caused the most damage to the Warriors’ batting line-up.

Zimbabwe reached the winning runs in the 48th over.

Bradley Bopp (3/23) and Richard Maree (3/24) made the Zimbabweans work hard for their runs, but in the end the visitors secured a well-earned win.

Other sides competing at the tournament were South Africa Under-17 Invitation XI and the Cubs outfits of franchises Cobras, Dolphins, Knights, Lions and Titans.

“Although they did not cross the finishing line first as much as envisaged, the statistics reveal that there is much to work with in many of the Zimbabwe players, ahead of for the International Cricket Council Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016,” Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statement.

Captain Craig Murray was the most promising cricketer of the lot with the bat, amassing a total of 159 runs that included two half-centuries at an average of 31.80 and a top score of 80.

With ball in hand, the trio of Davies Murwendo, William Mashinge and Tendai Matigimu finished with five wickets apiece.

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