The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia/Zimbabwe: Nation Last At U/19 World Cup

NAMIBIA lost their final match by 70 runs to Zimbabwe to finish last at the U/19 Cricket World Cup in Australia yesterday.

Zimbabwe batted first after winning the toss and posted a sizeable 236 for nine wickets in their 50 overs.

Namibia got off to a good start in their run chase, but lost their last five wickets for 59 runs as Zimbabwe completed a comprehensible victory.

Namibia made a good start as Jason Davidson dismissed both Zimbabwe's opening batsmen with only 10 runs on the board.

But Zimbabwe made a fine comeback to take control of the match, putting on 62 runs for the third wicket before Kevin Kasuza was dismissed by Bredell Wessels for 33. They continued to pile on the runs as Matthew Bentley and Ryan Burl shared a century stand to take the total to 185 for four.

Burl top scored with 78 runs before he was dismissed off Christopher Coombe's bowling, while Bentley was dismissed by Wessels for 67.

Namibia got some late wickets but the damage had been done as Zimbabwe reached 236 for nine wickets off their 50 overs.

Davidson was Namibia's best bowler, taking three wickets for 26 runs off nine overs, while Wessels took 2/38 and Coombe 2/65.

Namibia's run chase got off to a poor start as Michau du Preez was out for a duck, but Wian van Vuuren and Stephan Baard took the score to 42 before Van Vuuren was out for 18.

Baard (20) and Zhivago Groenewald (0) were dismissed in quick succession as Namibia crashed to 49 for four wickets, but Gerhard Erasmus and Davidson led a fine recovery.

They put on 58 runs for the fifth wicket, but then suffered a double blow as both batsmen were dismissed in the same over, with Erasmus scoring 32 and Davidson 17.

With the score at 108/6, Namibia were still with in a chance, but they could not keep up the tempo and lost wickets regularly.

Shalako Groenewald (11), Luke Bolton (21) and Andre Engelbrecht (12) all reached double figures, but it was not enough as Namibia were all out for 166 runs, with nine overs still remaining.

Luke Jongwe, who took three wickets for 29 and Peacemore Zimwa with three for 47 were Zimbabwe's best bowlers.

The result saw Zimbabwe finishing 15th overall while Namibia finished 16th at the U/19 Cricket World Cup.

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