Zambia cricket world cup appearance hangs in balance

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://” class=”f”>Times of Zambia by andrew Miti on 5/27/13


ZAMBIA’s 2013 cricket world Cup appearance chances were yesterday dealt a huge blow when the under-19 team lost by 254 runs in a rain-affected match against Uganda played at Kyambogo Cricket Oval in Uganda.

After losing by 141 runs to hosts Uganda, Zambia was thrown into a Lion’s Den against arguably the best team at the competition and got an even worse result in its third game of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa under-19 World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) Divisional Tournament.

Namibia, who won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 334 runs for a loss of seven wickets in 50 overs.

But due to the interruption of rain, the match was reduced to a 40 overs game and Zambia’s revised target was now 291 runs in order to win the game.

And Zambia, batting second, scored just 47 runs all out in 15 overs with none of the team batsmen managing to score a double figure. Mwila Bwanga top scored with a paltry eight runs while James Zimba and Azhar Haveliwala were both out for just six runs.

The best bowlers for Zambia were Kanswe Omala, who took an impressive three wickets, and Bwanga, who accounted for two wickets.

Zambia Cricket Union (ZCU) president Reuben Chama described the result as bad for Zambia, who kicked off the campaign with a five wicket win over Tanzania.

On the local scene, the ZCU Copperbelt girls’ league continued to gain momentum with Mufulira and Nchanga recording convincing wins in their respective league matches.

In the first game played in Luanshya, Mufulira beat the hosts by three wickets.

The visiting Mufulira team won the toss and decided to field first with Luanshya in their batting restricted to just 28 runs all out and Tina Bwalya scoring eight runs.

Pick of the bowlers for the visitors was Lucy Lwando, who took four wickets and in reply, Mufulira reached their victory target in 5.2 overs with Elizabeth Musonda scoring 10 runs.

In Chingola, the hosts Nchanga batted first and scored 63 runs, losing seven wickets in 15 overs and saw Exildah Chanda top score with 18 runs while Gertrude Banda was the pick of the bowlers for Ndola as she took four wickets.

In return, Ndola only managed