GOING FOR GOLD!

Don Makanyanga

THE Chevrons have one hand on the African Games cricket gold medal after booking a place in the final with a comprehensive 70-run win over Kenya yesterday.

The Chevrons will face Namibia in the final tomorrow.

A win for the Chevrons will see Zimbabwe completing a double at the Africa Games cricket tournaments.

The Lady Chevrons won gold in the women’s tournament.

Kenya were restricted to 126 runs yesterday chasing a target of 197.

The Zimbabwe bowling attack was led by Owen Muzondo, who claimed four wickets in his allotted four overs, for 18 runs.

Three of his wickets came in the 13th over.

Kudakwashe Macheka claimed three wickets.

Wallace Mubaiwa, Tashinga Musekiwa and Jonathan Campell each claimed a wicket apiece.

The Chevrons won the toss and elected to bat first before setting a competitive target of 197 runs.

Zimbabwe had slow start to their innings as they managed to score 35 runs for the loss of two wickets inside the power play.

However, the Chevrons recovered, thanks to some fine batting performances to post 196-5 in 20 overs.

Musekiwa scored 39 runs from 10 balls, Campell and captain Clive Madande scored 42 and 41 from 27 and 23 balls.

Brian Bennet chipped in with 27 runs off 29 balls.

Kenya had a blistering start to their chase as they were 53-1 in the first six overs.

The opening partnership contributed 45 runs.

But the Chevrons fought back and, at the end, completed their task with a huge win.

Namibia beat a Chevrons side with all their main players on a number of occasions, including in the qualifiers for the ICC World T20 showcase in the United States.

But, these Chevrons, the majority of whom are outside the core players for the regular national team, have shown the hunger to win and now have a chance to get gold.

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