THE Zimbabwe Emerging cricket side crushed their South African counterparts by eight wickets with 43 overs to spare in a fifth and final one-day match in Pretoria yesterday.
With the result, South Africa Emerging won the series 3-2 against a Zimbabwe side that had won the opener.
In yesterday’s big win, the Zimbabwe Emerging bowling was expensive as extras contributed 22 runs to the South Africans’ total of 69 all out in 20 overs, made up of 20 wides and two leg byes.
The hosts moved from 17-0 in the fourth over to 69 all out in the 20th over.
The innings top score came from opener Valintine Kitime, who made 24 off 45 balls, followed by the Zimbabwe Emerging extras while the rest of the batting contributed between 0 (three batsmen) and seven runs.
Brandon Mavuta, who did not give away any extras, led the Zimbabwe Emerging attack with five wickets for 26 runs in seven overs while Victor Nyauchi took three for 23 in seven overs and Faraz Akram claimed two for 18 in six overs.
In reply, Zimbabwe Emerging reached 63-0 before losing two wickets in successive balls of the sixth over.
Tinashe Kamunhukamwe fell for 32 off 21 balls after 5.5 overs while number three Tanunurwa Makoni fell for a golden duck.
Tadiwanashe Marumani was unbeaten on 34 from 19 while Wesley Madhevere was one not out as Zimbabwe Emerging crossed the line on exactly seven overs, going at a run rate of 10.4.