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

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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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