Zim Under-19 lose to Namibia

HARARE - Half centuries by Zimbabwe Under-19’s Adam Keefe and William Mashinge were in vain as the side lost their second one day match against Namibia Under-19 by 40 runs yesterday.

With yesterday’s win at Old Hararians Sports Cub, the visitors have now levelled the three-match series 1-1 after losing the first match on Sunday by one wicket.

The series in now even poised with tomorrow’s final game at the same venue set to be the decider.

Yesterday, Namibia’s captain Zane Green won the toss and chose to bat first and the visitors reached a total of 252-4 in their allotted 50 overs.

Green and fellow opener Tiaan Steenkamp (59) shared a first wicket partnership of 152 before the later was caught by Keefe off the bowling of Michael Rossi in the 36th over.

The Namibia captain went on to reach 89 before he was dismissed by Rugare Magarira in the following over.

Niko Davin steadied the Namibian ship on his way to an unbeaten 66 while the other notable knock was from Hermias Strauss (17).

In response, Zimbabwe’s chase got off to a slow start as openers Lawrence Mangwenzi, Trevor Chibvingodze and Brendan Sly were dismissed for a combined total of 24 runs.

The hosts chase only came to life when Keefe came onto the crease in the seventh over but he did not receive any support from Shaun Synder (10) and captain Ryan Murray (22), who were back in the pavilion soon after.

Mashinge joined Keefe on the centre and the pair tried their best to salvage the innings.

Zimbabwe’s resistance was broken when Keefe (59) was caught by Namibian keeper Lohandre Lauwrens off the bowling of Fritz Coetzee in the 41st over.

Mashinge finished the innings of 70 from 86 after he was bowled by Strauss two overs from the end.

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