Campbell’s defiant half century in vain as Durham edge ahead against Zimbabwe A

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Jonathan Campbell continued his strong push for a national team call-up after scoring an entertaining half-century for Zimbabwe A on the opening day of the first four-day match against the touring English country team Durham at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Mid West Rhinos batsman smashed 13 fours in his rapid 72 off 64 balls as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 195 in 49 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Durham dominated the opening day of their first four day match against Zimbabwe A

Campbell, son of former Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell, is one of several players in the Zimbabwe ‘A’ squad pushing hard for international call-ups.

His valiant batting effort was the only highlight to Zimbabwe’s batting department as his teamates struggled against Durham’s bowling attack.

Ainsley Ndlovu

In reply Durham reached stumps on Dayon 187/6, trailling Zimbabwe ‘A’ by just 8 runs.

South Africa-born Dutch international Colin Ackermann will resume day two unbeaten on 81 as he seeks what would be a memorable century on his Durham debut.

Spinner Ainsley Ndlovu also put on a strong case for a national team callup after claiming four wickets for 43 runs.

Scores in Brief

Zimbabwe A: 195 all-out in 49 overs. (Johnathan Campbell 72, Ainsley Ndlovu 27, Roy Kaia 19; Stanley McAlindon 3/34, Ben Raine 2/40, Colin Ackermann 1/5)

Durham: 187/6 (40 overs). (Colin Ackermann 81*, Scott Borthwick 53, Ben Raine 25*; Ainsley Ndlovu 4/43, Victor Nyauchi 1/35, Cuthbert Musoko 1/46)

 

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