Zim Under-23s seek to salvage pride

Enock Muchinjo

THE Zimbabwe Under-23 side yesterday started their final three-day match of the first round of the South African Airways Provincial Cup against Boland in Paarl.



face=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>During their stay in South Africa, the Zimbabwe team have suffered defeat after defeat, failing to win any of their matches during the tour.


Coaches Steven Mangongo and Andy Pycroft will have a lot of hard work to do after their postmortem of the tour.


Zimbabwe really need a win in this match to retain some respectability for themselves. Their last game was the one-dayer against Western Province on Sunday, which they lost by nine wickets.


The Zimbabweans are without batsmen Mark Vermeulen and Gavin Ewing, who are now out of the remainder of the tour due to injuries. Zimbabwe lie bottom of the of the six-team Pool B with just three points. They got the points from the game against Border last week that was washed out by rain.


Youngsters such as Colin de Grandhomme and Bernard Mlambo, who have been the better of the Zimbabwean batsmen, will try to sign off from the tour with something. The Zimbabwe scorecards have been distressing to see, as the batsmen have failed to put up any resistance to the South African provincial bowlers.


For the tour, Zimbabwe took a relatively young developmental side consisting of mostly uncapped players who are still knocking on the selectors’ door. South Africa have a large pool of players, and generally even a provincial second-string team there would be stronger than a developmental side from Zimbabwe. But that the Zimbabweans continue to lose the way they are doing demystifies the process of winning and losing.


It is with that in mind that the depleted Zimbabwe Under-23 team will try to chalk up their first win of the tour.

© 2018 ALPHA MEDIA HOLDINGS. All rights reserved.
Powered By AMH Digital
Top