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Williams hits ton as Zimbabwe A overpower Canada again

18/05/2017 00:00:00
by Own Correspondent
 
Sean Williams scored a magnificent century to help Zimbabwe A beat Canada at Harare Sports Club
 
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Zimbabwe A – 285-5 in 50 overs (Sean Williams 114*, Sikandar Raza 47, Chamu Chibhabha 35; Saad Bin Zafar 2/39, Mark Montfort 2/66)

Canada – 207 all out in 45.1 overs (Navneet Dhaliwal 39, Hamza Tariq 35, Varun Sehdev 30; Graeme Cremer 4/27, Tendai Chatara 2/43) 

Zimbabwe A won by 78 runs

SEAN Williams, with a superb century, followed by four wickets from Graeme Cremer, were the leading performances as Zimbabwe A completed a comfortable victory over Canada by 78 runs at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

Zimbabwe A brought in the national captain Cremer and Donald Tiripano to replace Nathan Waller and Chris Mpofu.

Canada were depleted as they lacked their best batsman, the injured 17-year-old Bhavindu Adhihetty, and their best bowler of the first match, Satsimranjit Dhindsa, who was strangely being rested and was to be sorely missed.

It was again a bright sunny morning as Zimbabwe A won the toss this time and decided to bat first on a pitch that was in good condition, but took some turn.

Solomon Mire and Chamu Chibhabha again opened the Zimbabwe A batting, to the bowling of Mark Montfort and the leg-spinner Junaid Siddiqui.

Chibhabha survived a very difficult chance to slip off Siddiqui before he had scored, and only four runs were scored in the first four overs before Chibhabha off-drove a ball from Montfort handsomely to the boundary, followed by another two fours in the same over.

Chibhabha began to go on the rampage, driving and pulling the hapless bowlers for one four after another.

Mire soon decided to join the party, hitting a powerful straight drive off the new bowler Durand Soraine to bring up the fifty in the ninth over, and immediately followed it with a six into the sightscreen.

It came to an end when the party-pooper Saad Bin Zafar came on to bowl and, without waiting to have a look at him, Chibhabha tried to hit his first ball for six and only skyed it to mid-on.

He made 35 off 26 balls and the score was 57 for one in the 10th over.

The loss of his partner broke Mire’s stride – he went into his shell and two overs later edged a ball from Zafar to the keeper, having scored 22 off 36 balls and the total was 64 for two in the 12th over.

Sean Williams, now joined Sikandar Raza, and it took them a while before they felt confident enough to take charge of the bowling.



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A pull for four by Williams off Nikhil Dutta brought up the hundred in the 22nd over.

The pace hottened up again as Raza hammered Rizwan Cheema for three powerful fours off successive balls.

The batsmen scored neck and neck through the thirties and forties, and Raza was slightly ahead, by 47 to 44, when he received a juicy full toss from Siddiqui and obligingly hit it straight back into the bowler’s midriff.

His 47 came off 69 balls, and the score as now 154 for three in the 33rd over.

Williams made no such error, and soon afterwards brought up his fifty off 68 balls, with P J Moor as his new partner.

Again, a short period of consolidation was followed by an onslaught.

The 200 came up in the 40th over, making 300 an outside possibility, a rare achievement on the Harare Sports Club ground.


 
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