Nairobi: Zimbabwe 'A' was 225 for eight at close of play on the opening day of the first three-day cricket match against Kenya at the Nairobi Gymkhana club on Friday.
|Put into bat, the young Zimbabwean team struggled against the slow Kenyan bowling attack. Gavin Rennie, one of the several experienced players in the visiting side survived being dropped by Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe on the fifth ball of the second over and went on to score 32. Rennie shared a second wicket partnership of 52 runs with schoolboy Hamilton Masakadza, regarded as a future of Zimbabwean cricket. But it was left-handed batsman Barney Rogers who played the central role in the Zimbabwe innings. Rogers remained unbeaten on 57 off 114 balls, sharing an unbroken ninth wicket stand with his captain Mpumelelo Mbangwa. Medium pacer Josphat Ababu was the best of the Kenyan bowlers. The youngster bowled nine maidens in the 19 overs and captured the prized wicket of Guy Whittall |