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Zimbabwe A v South Africa A at Harare, Jul 21, 2012

All-round SA A win tri-series

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July 21, 2012

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South Africa A 203 for 7 (Ingram 61, Parnell 30) beat Zimbabwe A 199 for 9 (Chakabva 51, Phangiso 2-23) by three wickets

Colin Ingram's third half-century in four games and Wayne Parnell's late flourish helped South Africa A to emerge victors in a tight the tri-series final in Harare. Ingram, the most prolific run-getter in the series with 240 runs, scored 61 off 91 balls but Zimbabwe found a way back as South Africa lost quick wickets. However, Parnell, who came in a No. 8, drove South Africa home with a quick 30.

Zimbabwe, who were put into bat, made slow progress for most of their innings after the openers departed with only 27 on the board. However, No. 6 Regis Chakabva's 62-ball 51 towards the end pushed Zimbabwe towards a competitive total. His stands of 44 with Elton Chigumbura and 39 with Richmond Mutumbami stabilised the innings after half their side were out for 109 before important runs by the lower-order helped Zimbabwe to 199. Fast bowler Chris Morris and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso took two wickets each with economy rates of 2.30 and 3.50 respectively.

South Africa appeared to have the target in reach after a confident start. At 121 for 3, South Africa were in control, but four wickets for 40 runs gave Zimbabwe an opening. However, Parnell's quick runs helped South Africa maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament.


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Posted by Lakpriya on (July 22, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Really pathetic effort by the SL A players. don't know how Rupasinghe got into the A side. other than that players were ok, but didn't perform well enough. they should kept the same team that played in the test series against SA A, that team did quite ok.

Posted by Andrew on (July 22, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Sorry @Tjoeps, but I just have to challenge you a little bit. Your A side has guys in it who play IPL and champions league and for the Proteas. What is the point of calling our A side (much less experienced at top level) 'minnows' when all the games we played were close and Zim A could even have won one or two? We are not just batting practice for your 'young guns'! May I remind you that our 'minnows' fully walloped your T20 side TWICE last month? Please try to be less condescending.

Posted by Johan on (July 22, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Well done, Faf and the boys! I would like Wayne to work on his batting, he was really good as a youngster and can be the answer to the 'all-rounder' berth in the senior side, great tournament Colin, nice to see you doing it on the bigger stage! To the Zim team, well played, you are heading in the right direction, nice to see! The idea to get the A sides to play the minos is great, love to see more of that, AND it will also prepare our young guns for bigger and better things...

Posted by Andrew on (July 21, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I think Zim A did very well to beat Sri Lanka twice and play three very close games with SA A. The SA A side had some serious players with IPL, Champions League and ODI/T20 experience. While some of Zim's A side have played international cricket, most are not as experienced, especially at winning games. Good to see the likes of Raza, Vitori, Chatara and the young spinners getting some game time. Also good to see Stewart Matsikenyeri's continued good work after a long time on the sidelines and Elton's bowling coming right after being a poor aspect of his game for so long. Keep up the good work guys, as a squad you are going in the right direction. Just what we needed after a tough New Zealand tour.

Posted by Dummy4 on (July 21, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Well played SA "A" very good cricket from you guys. Well played again to Zim "A" keep it up, Mutombodzi keep on working hard you are a complete cricketer, your future is very bright. Cheers

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