Zhuwao blasts 42-ball century in massive Zim A win over Kenya
Cephas Zhuwao is banging the door down for selection as the man to help with the Zimbabwe first team batting woes after cracking am 42-ball century as the ‘A’ side beat Kenya by six wickets at Mutare Sports Club on Monday.
He was eventually out for a 52-ball 131 which included 10 fours and 13 sixes as Zim A chased down 220 in 23.1 overs.
Prince Masvaure won the toss and elected to field. Richard Ngarava was immediately in amongst things as he removed opener Dhiren Gondaria for 4.
Irfan Karim was next out as Chris Mpofu, back in Zimbabwe after spending the Bangladesh tri-series as an unused reserve had him caught behind for 30.
Alex Obanda fell next to Chamu Chibhabha before Richard Ngarava had Kenya wobbling with a brace at the end of the 26th over.
At 86-5 they were tottering but strong partnerships gave them 219-6 off 50 overs. Captain Rakep Patel (49), Karan Kaul (48*) and Nelson Odhiambo (38) were the standout performers for the visitors.
Ngarava was 3-32 off his 10 overs. There was a wicket for the returning Brian Vitori as well.
The reply went a rate of knots and by the time Zimbabwe lost their first wicket for 106, it was only 8.1 overs into the match. Chamu Chibhabha was only on 20.
Tari Musakanda would make 19, Ryan Burl 13, Masvaure 16* and Regis Chakabva 12*, all runs for the cause but this was the Zhuwao show.
Convenor of Selectors Tatenda Taibu will do well to keep an eye on this.
Especially if Zhuwao makes another ‘bigly’ score on Wednesday at the same venue.