Zim U19 cricket side struggle

By Lawrence Trusida

ZIMBABWE’s struggles against Afghanistan continued after the national Under 19 side fell to the Asians by 109 runs in their group C match at the ongoing International Cricket Council (ICC) U19 World Cup in the West Indies.

Zimbabwe has struggled against the new test nation at senior level, and this Saturday evening, Afghanistan extended its dominance to the youth level when they outclassed they Young Chevrons in a World Cup match.

Good bowling by Alex Falao and a fifty from Matthew Welch were not enough to save the Zimbabwe from defeat at Diego Martin in Trinidad.

The Afghans won the toss and batted first and posted a challenging 261 for six even though they had a slow start.

Matthew Welch gave Zimbabwe a very good start, taking on the bowlers and put on 49 runs for the opening partnership in less than 10 overs, while Steven Saul scored only nine runs.

However, Welch received little support from the middle order, and when his fine innings of 53 off 61 balls came to an end, the score was 79 for four in the 19th over.

The middle order for the most part just fell to pieces against good bowling.

Later on, Rogan Wolhuter fought hard to score 28 not out from 52 balls as the tail also failed to give him support.

The only other batter to reach double figures was Brian Bennett with 14, and the final total was only 152.

With this latest defeat, the Zimbabwe Under 19 is now on third position on the four team log with two points from three matches.

Pakistan lead the group with six points from three matches, while Afghanistan is in second with four points, while Papua New Guinea anchor the group without a single point.

The defeat means that the youth internationals miss out on a chance to go through to the finals as they have been relegated to the plate finals and they are set to take on Scotland this Wednesday looking to push for a top six finish.