Zimbabwe men bag historic gold to complete cricket double at African Games


Zimbabwe won the men’s cricket competition at the African Games, clinching the gold medal in the sport’s debut appearance at the continental games in Accra Ghana.

It was a befitting finish to the competition for Zimbabwe, who were dominant from the first game before completing the campaign in style with a dominant eight wicket victory against Namibia in the final on Saturday.

The victory by the men’s team meant Zimbabwe completed a double in cricket’s debut appearance in the African Games after their women’s side also clinched a gold medal following their super-over victory against neighbours South Africa in the final.

While it was a tight affair in the women’s final, the men’s decider was a one-sided affair as Zimbabwe restricted Namibia, who won the toss and elected to bat first to 113 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

Chasing a very low total, Zimbabwe hardly broke a sweat on their way to a clinical victory. Opening batter Tawiwanashe Marumani top scored with 58 runs off 40 balls in an innings which featured six balls and three big sixes.

Marumani shared a solid opening stand of 55 runs with fellow opener Rodney Mupfudza, who scored 24 runs off 25 deliveries.

After Mapfudza’s dismissal, Marumani was joined by Johnathan Campbell , who finished unbeaten on 23 off balls as Zimbabwe cruised to a comfortable win by eight wickets with 25 balls to spare.

Scores in brief

Namibia 113/7 in 20 overs (Dylan Leicher 29, JP Kotze 26, Malan Kruger 22; Kudakwashe Macheka 1-14, Wallace Mubaiwa 1-15)

Zimbabwe 114/2 in 14.5 overs (Tadiwanashe Marumani 58, Rodney Mupfudza 24; Peter-Daniel Blignaut 2-12)

Zimbabwe won by eight wickets


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