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February 2, 2005, 02:44 PM
"Competition will come from members of the Zimbabwe A team currently on a week-long tour of four limited overs matches in Namibia. The hosts lead the series 2-1 after winning the weekend matches. The hosts won Saturday's match by six wickets after being asked to chase 210, reaching the target in 46,5 overs.

Zimbabwe A won the toss, elected to bat and scored 209/8 off their allotted 50 overs with a topscore of 57 coming from opener Craig Ervine, who faced 109 balls while fellow opener Chamunorwa Chibhabha weighed in with 41 runs off 45 balls, hitting three fours and a six.

Namibia needed just six batsmen, two of them unbeaten, to level the series after Zimbabwe A had won the opener last Thursday.

Opener JB Burger was the topscorer with 64 off 86 balls of which he hit seven fours and a six with Zimbabwe Under-19 star and Matabeleland all-rounder Sean Williams the best bowler as he took a wicket for 29 runs in 10 overs.

In the second match on Sunday, Zimbabwe A won the toss again and captain Alester Maregwede this time opted to field.

Namibia then compiled 266 for the loss of eight wickets with JB Burger again the leading batsman as he smashed 81 runs off 90 balls, hitting 11 fours and a six.

Ian Nicholson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 68 in seven overs while Williams was the most economic as he took two wickets for 35 in 10 overs.

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Zimbabwe A were then bowled out for 225 in 49,2 overs with a topscore of 68 coming from number seven batsman Gavin Ewing while number eight Blessing Mahwire made 64 and the pair had a seventh wicket stand of 124 runs.

The tourists had slumped to 46/6 at one stage."

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Looks like this Zim tour's gonna be easy money for our youngsters. However, I'm not taking away anything from Namibia since they completely outclassed a Zim XI, comprising almost all of the current national players, back in November - something we could achieve only in the last ODI (and the first test of course).

February 2, 2005, 06:38 PM
I read it yesterday.....this Namibia team is more competitive than the current Zimbabwe team

February 2, 2005, 07:03 PM
Originally posted by AsifTheManRahman

Looks like this Zim tour's gonna be easy money for our youngsters.

Lets not get overconfident here.....

February 2, 2005, 07:47 PM
I dont think we should be confident. Namibia gave the BD national side a good run before the CT didnt they.