Madhevere claims five-wicket haul as Zimbabwe ‘A’ bowl out SA ‘A’

South Africa A – 282 all out in 88.5 overs (Ryan Rickelton 92, Tony de Zorzi 59, Edward Moore 44; Wessly Madhevere 5/49, Victor Nyauchi 2/35, Roy Kaia 1/42). Zimbabwe A – Yet to bat. Day 1 – Stumps

Wessly Madhevere starred with the ball, taking five wickets for 49 runs with his off-breaks, as Zimbabwe A bowled out South Africa A for 282 on the first day of the second four-day match at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

On a sunny morning, the hosts won the toss and put the tourists in to bat, with Victor Nyauchi and Carl Mumba opening the bowling to Dominic Hendricks and Edward Moore.

The batsmen began cautiously, but just as they were starting to accelerate Nyauchi produced a fine delivery that hurried Hendricks and had him caught in the slips for 20 – the score was 28 for one.

Ryan Rickelton came in next and spent a long time playing himself in, waiting for the bad ball to hit for four without trying to keep the score ticking over with singles.

Moore played a more positive game than his partner did, keeping the score moving and looking solid and sound, until just before lunch he stretched forward to a good ball from Roy Kaia and edged it to slip, where it was very well held by Timycen Maruma.

Moore scored 44 off 65 balls, and the score was now 83 for two wickets. After the following over the players went in to lunch at 84 for two, with Rickelton on 18 (41 balls and four fours) and Zubayr Hamza one.

Nyauchi bowled a good spell after lunch and produced a superb delivery that jagged back sharply from outside the off stump – Hamza (7) offered no stroke and the ball knocked out his off stump at 111 for three.

Rickelton now began to hit out, scoring mainly in boundaries, as is his style, and reached his 50 off 96 balls. He celebrated it with three fours in an over off Kaia.

With Tony de Zorzi also playing his strokes confidently, the score was now mounting more rapidly. When tea arrived the score was 223 for three, with Rickelton on 91 and de Zorzi 59, the partnership having reached 112.

Two maiden overs immediately after the break seemed to exhaust de Zorzi’s patience, however, as he leapt down the pitch and took a wild swing at a ball from Madhevere, and was easily stumped by Joylord Gumbie, the Zimbabwe A wicketkeeper for this match.

He had scored 59 off 85 balls, with 10 fours, and the score was 223 for four wickets now. Madhevere followed this with the prized wicket of Rickelton, who dabbed rather loosely at a ball outside his off stump and edged a catch to slip.

Rickelton was out for 92 off 157 balls, with 13 fours and a six, and the score was now 230 for five wickets. Zimbabwe A were right back in the game and Senuran Muthusamy and Sinethemba Qeshile had to rebuild the South African innings.

They could only take the score to 248, as Muthusamy (12) top-edged a sweep against Madhevere and lobbed the ball up for Gumbie to catch – six down. At 252 Madhevere spun a ball past the forward defence of Migael Pretorius and had him lbw for three – seven down.

At 261 the batsmen fatally hesitated over a single into the covers, and when they eventually decided to go, Qeshile was run out by a fine throw from Maruma for 16 – eight down. One over later the ninth wicket fell at 265, as Lutho Sipamla, who had taken 19 balls to score a single, drove a low return catch to Madhevere, to give him his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

They had a lot more trouble with the last wicket, as Glenton Stuurman and Daryn Dupavillon fought tenaciously. Finally, with the score on 282, Dupavillon (6) went for a big slog against Brighton Chipungu and skyed a catch, which the bowler took safely, and the innings was over, with Stuurman unbeaten on 15.

Madhevere was naturally the toast of the day, although Nyauchi also bowled well for his two wickets for 35.