Gumbie, Shumba star as Zimbabwe Emerging side outshine South Africa

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By Sports Reporter

HALF centuries by opener Joylord Gumbie and Milton Shumba ensured the Zimbabwe Emerging side began their tour of South Africa on a winning note following a six wicket victory against South African counterparts in the in the opening game of their five-match one-day series at Groenkloof Oval in Pretoria on Sunday.

After winning the toss and electing to field first, Zimbabwe Emerging side restricted the hosts to a gettable 251 for nine as fast bowler Tanaka Chivanga (4/61) and leg spinner Brandon Mavuta (3/54) shared seven wickets

Jordan Hermann top scored for the hosts after scoring a half century  but lacked support after they lost the toss and were asked to bat first.

The Dafabet Warriors’ batter, one of the form players in the country last season, hit exactly 50 (89 balls, 6 fours) to help the home side post 251 for nine.

The visitors then cruised to victory with 34 balls to spare thanks to Joylord Gumbie (76 off 79 balls, 10 fours), Milton Shumba (74* off 97 balls, 9 fours) and Clive Madande (61* off 56 balls, 8 fours, 1 six).

They dominated the chase with the South African bowlers only managing four wickets between them – one each for Nealan van Heerden (1/64), Liam Alder (1/39) and a double by Andile Mogakane (2/25).

When they batted, Malibongwe Maketa saw starts from several of his players with only Hermann kicking on as they threw away a good start to the innings.

Joshua Richards (27) put on 57 for the opening wicket alongside the top-scoring Hermann, who added 60 for the second wicket with Valentine Kitime (29).

At that stage, the hosts were on 117 for one and Daniel Smith (22) and Michael Copeland (45) kept them going – they moved to 150 for three at one stage before they started losing wickets at regular intervals.

Opener Gumbie together with Shumba and Madande, the latter pair sharing an unbroken 120-run stand, lead their side to victory.