The Zimbabwe Under-19 side defeated the Canada Under-19s by two runs in a rain-affected ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 warm-up match played at Basseterre in St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday.

Zimbabwe beat Canada in Under-19 World Cup warm-up clash

Zimbabwe Under-19s – 208-7 in 48 overs (Panashe Taruvinga 47, Tashinga Makoni 39, David Bennett 34; Parmveer Kharoud 3/39, Kairav Sharma 2/46, Gurnek Johal Singh 1/29)

Canada Under-19s – 182 all out in 37.5 overs (revised target: 185 in 38 overs)(Jash Shah 49, Ethan Gibson 39, Anoop Chima 33; Victor Chirwa 2/30, Alex Falao 2/42, Matthew Schonken 1/17)

 

Zimbabwe Under-19s won by two runs (Duckworth-Lewis)

 

The Zimbabwe Under-19 side defeated the Canada Under-19s by two runs in a rain-affected ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 warm-up match played at Basseterre in St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday.

 

Put in to bat first, the Zimbabwe Under-19s made 208 runs for seven wickets in 48 overs, with Panashe Taruvinga’s knock of 47 being the team’s top individual score, while Tashinga Makoni and David Bennett also made notable contributions of 39 and 34 to the total.

 

They opened their innings with Connor Mitchell and Taruvinga facing the bowling of Parmveer Kharoud and Ethan Gibson.

 

At six, in the third over, Mitchell was the first to depart when he was bowled by Kharoud after making five runs off nine deliveries.

 

In his next over, the same bowler caused further damage by claiming the big wicket of captain Emmanuel Bawa, who was caught by Mihir Patel having made 10, including a boundary, off 11 balls.

 

The Zimbabwe Under-19s however recovered from the early wobble as Taruvinga and David Bennett lifted the side from 16 for two with a 69-run stand for the third wicket that was only broken in the 21st over when the latter, who faced 52 balls and scored 34, with fours and a single six, was caught by Kharoud off the bowling of Sheel Patel.

 

Taruvinga’s fine innings finally came to an end in the 28th over after he was bowled by Kairav Sharma having made 47, including five fours and one six, off 77 deliveries.

 

His dismissal left the Zimbabwe Under-19s on 111 for four and in the next over it was 117 for five after Rogan Wolhuter, who chipped in with 14 runs off 23 balls, became Kharoud’s third scalp of the game.

 

Brian Bennett also contributed 14, with two fours, off the 30 deliveries he faced before he was next out at 150 for six in the 41st over.

 

Makoni and Victor Chirwa added 41 runs in a seventh-wicket partnership that was broken when Makoni, who scored 39, including three boundaries, off 60 balls, was bowled by Sharma, leaving the total at 191 for seven after exactly 46 overs.

 

There was to be no further damage as the Zimbabwe Under-19s innings closed at 208 for seven in 48 overs – two overs lost to rain – with Chirwa hitting two fours and one six to remain unbeaten with a 22-ball 28, alongside Matthew Schonken who made four.

 

Kharoud was the pick of the Canada Under-19 bowlers with three wickets for 39 runs off his eight overs, followed by Sharma whose two scalps came at a cost of 46 runs off his 10 overs.

 

Rain continued to disrupt the match, resulting in the Canada Under-19s having to face a revised target of 185 from 38 overs.

 

Their chase got off to a steady start with a 50-run opening stand before Alex Falao gave the Zimbabwe Under-19s a breakthrough by having Anoop Chima, who scored five fours on his way to 33 (32 balls), caught by Matthew Schonken.

 

Mihir Patel was the next to go, for six, after he was stumped by Wolhuter, with Chirwa being the bowler; 74 for two in the 16th over.

 

The other Canada Under-19 opening batter, Jash Shah, was looking good but at 104 in the 24th over, he became the third wicket to fall when he was caught and bowled by Mitchell just a run short of fifty – his 49 came off 89 balls and included four fours.

 

Chirwa effected the run-out of Arjuna Sukhu (3) before Schonken had Mohit Prashar (17) caught by David Bennett, leaving their score at 126 for five in the 29th over.

 

Falao then claimed his second wicket of the match by bowling Gurnek Johal Singh for 16; 176 for six in the 35th over.

 

In the next over, without a run added to the total, Ethan Gibson’s fighting innings of 39, with four fours and one six, off 30 deliveries, came to an end, with Mngcini Dube claiming the scalp with the help of Bawa who held on to a catch.

 

Sharma was run out for one, quickly followed by Kharoud who was stumped for a duck by Wolhuter again off the bowling of Chirwa; 179 for nine in the 37th over.

 

The Canada Under-19s now required six runs to win off the last eight balls, but they could only add three more before the Zimbabwe Under-19s ran out Sheel Patel off the penultimate delivery of the match to claim a morale-boosting two-run victory using the Duckworth-Lewis system.

 

On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Under-19s will face the Bangladesh Under-19s in their second warm-up game at the same venue before the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 proper, which is being staged in the West Indies, gets underway.

 

Meanwhile, the four Zimbabwe Under-19 players who tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago have since returned negative results and will be expected to join the rest of the squad upon completion of their mandatory quarantine period.

All four players, who took part in a four-match youth one-day series against the Ireland Under-19 side in Barbados that ended on Sunday, are well and asymptomatic.

Four Zimbabwe Under-19 players test positive for COVID-19

Zimbabwe Cricket can confirm four players who are part of the Zimbabwe Under-19 squad for the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in the West Indies have tested positive for COVID-19 following PCR tests administered this Monday morning.

 

All four players, who took part in a four-match youth one-day series against the Ireland Under-19 side in Barbados that ended on Sunday, are well and asymptomatic.

 

They are now self-isolating and will be re-tested before they can join the rest of the squad in St Kitts and Nevis where the team will face Canada and Bangladesh in official warm-up matches scheduled for 9 and 11 January at Basseterre before the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 proper gets underway.

 

Zimbabwe are in Group C alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

 

They will open their campaign against Afghanistan at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Trinidad and Tobago on 16 January, before they take on Papua New Guinea at the same venue on 20 January.

 

In their last group fixture, Zimbabwe will face Pakistan at the Queens Park Oval, also in Trinidad and Tobago, on 22 January.

 

The tournament format will see the top two teams from each of the four groups advance to the Super League, while the remaining teams feature in the Plate competition.

 

ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR ICC U19 MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP 2022:

 

Emmanuel Bawa (Eastbourne College, United Kingdom), Brian Bennett (Peterhouse Boys), David Bennett (Peterhouse Boys), Victor Chirwa (Kadoma Cricket Club), Ngcini Dube (Falcon College), Alex Falao (Prince Edward School), Tendekai Mataranyika (Peterhouse Boys), Tashinga Makoni (Wise Owl School), Connor Mitchell (Maritzburg Boys High School, South Africa), Steven Saul (Peterhouse Boys), Matthew Schonken (Hellenic Academy), Panashe Taruvinga (St Charles Boys High School, South Africa), Matthew Welch (St John’s College), Rogan Wolhuter (Falcon College), Ngenyasha Zvinoera (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)

 

NON-TRAVELLING RESERVES:

 

Aishah Chibanda (Churchill School), Luyanda Mtomba (Siziba High School), Tadiwanashe Mwale (Durham Cathedral, United Kingdom), Rugg Declan (Ruddley College, United Kingdom), Tanaka Zvaita (Wrekin College, United Kingdom)

Zimbabwe’s squad of 15 players left for the 16-team event on Boxing Day and arrived in Barbados on Monday night.

Zimbabwe starlets brace up for Under-19 World Cup challenge

Zimbabwe Under-19 coach Prosper Utseya is looking forward to the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 which he sees as a great platform for the country’s future international stars to emerge.

 

The forthcoming edition of the biennial global youth tournament will be staged in the West Indies from 14 January to 5 February.

 

Zimbabwe’s squad of 15 players left for the 16-team event on Boxing Day and arrived in Barbados on Monday night.

 

“It’s a prestigious event that gives a platform for players to showcase their talent at a youth World Cup which helps them kick-start their international careers and, more importantly, to make their families and nation proud,” Utseya said.

 

Among the players he will be banking on is team captain Emmanuel Bawa, the only player in the current side who featured at the last ICC Under-19 Men’s World Cup 2020 in South Africa where he scored Zimbabwe’s only century at the event and became the fourth Zimbabwean ever to record a hundred in the history of the tournament.

 

Matthew Welch, who was a non-travelling reserve for the last edition, has made the cut this time round.

 

The squad also includes Steven Saul, Brian Bennet and Tendekai Mataranyika who, together with Welch, were part of the Zimbabwe Emerging side that toured Namibia for a limited-overs series in August this year.

 

Although Zimbabwe’s preparations for the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022 were hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, Utseya believes his team will make a mark at the tournament.

 

“We are remaining positive and looking to go as far as possible in the tournament,” he said.

 

Zimbabwe are in Group C alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan and Papua New

Guinea.

 

Utseya’s starlets will open their campaign against Afghanistan at the Diego Martin Sporting Complex in Trinidad and Tobago on 16 January.

 

They will then take on Papua New Guinea at the same venue on 20 January.

 

In their last group fixture, Zimbabwe will face Pakistan at the Queens Park Oval, also in Trinidad and Tobago, on 22 January.

 

The tournament format will see the top two teams from each of the four

groups advance to the Super League, while the remaining teams feature in the Plate competition.

 

ZIMBABWE SQUAD FOR ICC U19 MEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP 2022:

 

Emmanuel Bawa (Eastbourne College, United Kingdom), Brian Bennet (Peterhouse Boys), David Bennet (Peterhouse Boys), Victor Chirwa (Kadoma Cricket Club), Ngcini Dube (Falcon College), Alex Falao (Prince Edward School), Tendekai Mataranyika (Peterhouse Boys), Tashinga Makoni (Wise Owl School), Connor Mitchell (Maritzburg Boys High School, South Africa), Steven Saul (Peterhouse Boys), Matthew Schonken (Hellenic Academy), Panashe Taruvinga (St Charles Boys High School, South Africa), Matthew Welch (St John’s College), Rogan Wolhuter (Falcon College), Ngenyasha Zvinoera (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)

 

NON-TRAVELLING RESERVES:

 

Aishah Chibanda (Churchill School), Luyanda Mtomba (Siziba High School), Tadiwanashe Mwale (Durham Cathedral, United Kingdom), Rugg Declan (Ruddley College, United Kingdom), Tanaka Zvaita (Wrekin College, United Kingdom)

Five Under-19 players have been named in the 15-man Zimbabwe Emerging squad

Zimbabwe Emerging side set for Namibia limited-overs series

Five Under-19 players have been named in the 15-man Zimbabwe Emerging squad that will face a Namibia side in a limited-overs series that gets underway in Windhoek this weekend.

 

Reflecting Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC)’s new drive to broaden its player base, the touring side includes young talents such as Matthew Welch, Tadiwanashe Nyangani, Brian Bennett, Steven Saul and Tendekai Mataranyika.

 

Zimbabwe Emerging and Namibia Eagles will first lock horns in three T20 matches scheduled for 14, 15 and 16 August, followed by as many one-day games pencilled in for 18, 20 and 22 August.

 

All the matches will be played at Wanderers in Windhoek.

 

With Namibia using the series as part of their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, ZC has included some experienced players in their squad in order for the matches to be more exciting and competitive.

 

Seasoned international players Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Richmond Mutumbami, Kevin Kasuza and Carl Mumba will provide the Zimbabwe Emerging side with the much-needed experience against the hosts.

 

Tanaka Chivanga, Ainsley Ndlovu and Faraz Akram are also part of the side.

 

Zimbabwe Under-19 coach Prosper Utseya is in charge of the team, with Eric Chauluka (assistant coach), Anesu Mupotaringa (physiotherapist) and Moses Chitare (manager) completing the Zimbabwe Emerging technical set-up.

 

The team left for Namibia on Thursday morning.

 

Zimbabwe Emerging Squad:

 

Faraz Akram, Brian Bennett, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Tanaka Chivanga, Kevin Kasuza, Tendekai Mataranyika, Brian Mudzinganyama, Carl Mumba, Richmond Mutumbami, Ainsley Ndlovu, Tinashe Nenhunzi, Tadiwanashe Nyangani, Steven Saul, Matthew Welch