Middle-order carves up huge win for Zim A over Kenya

A strong middle-order performance from captain Prince Masvaure (69), Timycen Maruma (86) and Ryan Burl (45) was the backbone of a massive win for Zimbabwe A in a rain-interrupted one day match against Kenya at Mutare Sports Club on Wednesday.

Ryan Murray

Kenya won the toss and elected to field first and it looked like a bad call as their tormentor in chief from the first match as he raced to 44 off 22 balls. He fell to a full lenth delivery from Lucas Oluoch after 4.3 overs.

Tari Musakanda fell next for 18 with the score 71 with Ryna Burl departing next on 13  and Zimbabwe A on 97 it looked like the procession associated with the main team was to follow.

Enter Masvaure and Maruma who put on a controlled 92 run partnership. Maruma was then joined by Burl then put on 88.

At the end of their innings Zimbabwe A posted 299-8.

The Kenya reply started at some pace with Alex Obanda taking on the bowlers. He had made 22 off 14 balls when he fell to Brian Vitori with the score on 27. 2 balls later his opening partner was gone having faced nine deliveries without bothering the scorers.

After seven overs the rains opened and 15 overs were lost. The revised target was 252 in 35 overs and Kenya never really got going.

Brendon Mavuta picked up four wickets as Kenya were bowled out for 141 31 overs to lose by 110 runs.

The next match is on this Friday at the same venue.

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