Namibia goes down by six wickets in ninth-place playoff quarter-final
A gritty unbeaten half-century from Ryan Burl and an impressive bowling effort from Patrick Mambo (4 for 31) gave Zimbabwe a comprehensive six-wicket win over Namibia in their ninth-place playoff quarter-final match of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Nursery 2 on Saturday (February 22).
After restricting Namibia to 194 for 8, Zimbabwe went past the target for the loss of four wickets in 45.1 overs.
Chasing a modest total, Zimbabwe needed a steady start, but Tinashe Kamunhukamwe failed to provide it as he was stumped off Marius Delport for a duck in the second over. After 13.4 overs, Zimbabwe was down to 59 for 3 and in desperate need of a partnership. Burl did the needful with a 66-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kieran Geyle, taking the score to 125, before Jano Coetzee bowled Geyle for 37.
In next, Malcolm Lake (39) supported Burl well as the duo added 72 runs for the fifth wicket to help Zimbabwe cruise to victory.
Earlier, Namibia got off to a slow start after being asked to bat. Openers Xander Pitcher and Joshuan Julius added 28 runs for the first wicket in 9.2 overs before Julius was dismissed for six runs. At the other end, Pitchers saw batsmen come and go, and it took an 87-run sixth-wicket stand between him and Sybrand Loftie-Eaton (45) to take the score to respectability. Pitchers scored a 116-ball 78 that included four fours.
After Mambo had Pitchers stumped in the 46th over, Johannes Smit and Delport added 28 runs to take the score to 194 for 8, but it wasn't enough to challenge the Zimbabwe batsmen.
Zimbabwe will next face Bangladesh in the ninth-place playoff semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.