Neil Ferreira saves Zimbabwe ~~A~~ the blushes

Published: Monday, May 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare:Zimbabwe 'A' wicketkeeper opening batsman Neil Ferreira struck his second half- century against Pakistan 'A' to give the home side bowlers something to bowl at on day three of first four-day game at CFX Cricket Academy here.

Ferreira, who hit a solid 57 in the first essay, looked the part as he took the fight to the Pakistan 'A' attack scoring a pugnacious 90 to give oxygen to Zimbabwe 'A' innings and also ensured that Zimbabwe 'A' set Pakistan 'A' a target of 157 for victory after they were all out for 235 in their second innings.

Ferreira faced 190 balls, occupied the crease for 255 minutes and struck ten boundaries during his long haul.

He was ably supported by night-watchman Blessing Mahwire as the duo strung a much-needed 93-run stand for the fourth wicket. Mahwire chipped in a handy 40 from 90 to keep Pakistan 'A' at bay.

Speedster Mohammad Asif was the pick of the Pakistan 'A' bowlers picking up four wickets for 51.

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