Zim U19 kick off WC campaign

HARARE - Zimbabwe U19 cricket team kicks-off their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup looking for nothing short of an emphatic victory against minnows Fiji in a Group C tie slatted for Chittagong, Bangladesh this morning.

The Oceania Island nation was thoroughly outclassed by England, losing by 299 runs in the opening Group C encounter played on Wednesday.

England won the toss, and elected to bat — posting an imposing total of 371 runs for the loss of three wickets before Fiji capitulated for a measly 72 runs inside 27.3 overs of their allotted 50.

The Steve Mangongo-coached side has declared their readiness and now only hope to take their practice form into the match this morning.

Zimbabwe U19 bowling coach Prosper Utseya said the first step was to ensure victory comes their way.

“We need all the points in order to hit our campaign trail as all the other teams in the group will be targeting them (Fiji),” Utseya told the Daily News from Bangladesh yesterday.

“It’s important to try and win by a wider margin in case the qualification to the next round might come down to the issue of net run rate.”

Zimbabwe are in Group C together with Fiji, England and West Indies.

The locals will date England for their second match on Sunday with their last group match against West Indies set for Tuesday.

The ultimate goal for the local teenagers remains winning the World Cup according to Utseya.

“Hopefully, we can win the Cup, but we will take it one game at a time, doing our level best in everything we do so that we don’t have any regrets after the tournament,” he added.

Zimbabwe U19 Cricket Squad

Brandon Mavuta (c), Trevor Chibvongodze, Jeremy Ives, Adam Keefe, Wesley Madhevere, Rugare Magarira, William Mashinge, Kundai Matigimu, Sydney Murombo, Ryan Murray (wk), Richard Ngarava, Akshay Patel, Milton Shumba, Brendan Sly, Shaun Snyder.

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