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Harris disappointed by lack of consistency

Zimbabwe coach Chris Harris felt his side's lack of consistency was behind their failure to make the quarter-finals at the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup.

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Zimbabwe coach Chris Harris felt his side's lack of consistency was behind their failure to make the quarter-finals at the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup.
Harris – who played 23 Test matches and 250 one-day internationals for New Zealand – watched his Zimbabwean side lose by six wickets to the West Indies in Townsville on Thursday, a result that saw them finish third in Group C.
And he said the defeat was indicative of their tournament, where they could not string a series of good spells in a match together.
"I reflect back on three matches as missed opportunities," Harris said.
"I am a little bit disappointed. I thought we played very well at times but in both of these games against India and West Indies, unfortunately at crucial moments we let ourselves down, didn't execute and it cost us dearly.
"We just never really got any batting partnerships going. We talk a lot about it and the boys know the importance of consolidating and forming a partnership and then progressing from there.
"Every time we just start to form a bit of a partnership, we play a rash shot and put ourselves under pressure again. It's a learning curve."
Malcolm Lake has been one Zimbabwean player to put in some consistent performances, with the all-rounder smashing a sublime 118 against India from just 107 deliveries, including 10 fours and five sixes.
 
He also bowled well against the Indians and hit 31 against the West Indies – including one towering six – before being dismissed.
"He (Lake) has had a great tournament," Harris said.
"I thought he played pretty well today right until he got out. Once again, he had an opportunity to make the match his I guess, like he did against India.
"We had a couple of guys who got 30's but unfortunately 30's don't win you anything as we proved again today. He's hitting the ball well and also bowled well in the Indian game so he's had a good tournament so far."
When asked to nominate others who caught his eye, Harris immediately nominated opener Kevin Kasuza – who made 97 in their tournament opener against Papua New Guinea – and 17-year-old all-rounder Luke Jongwe, who he tipped to be a star of the future.
All Harris is worried about is now though, with a run to the Plate Championship final opening up for Zimbabwe.
They face Scotland in their quarter-final on Sunday and will play the winner of Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea in the last four, if they are successful.
"We have Scotland first so that's a big game. We'll try and win that and get through to the semis. To win the Plate Championship would be wonderful," he said.
 

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