By Lawrence Trusida
THE heroics of the Bennett brothers were not enough to inspire the Zimbabwe under-19 cricket team to victory as they fell by eight wickets to hosts, West Indies and bowed out of the World Cup ranked a lowly 12th.
Excellent fifties by the Bennett brothers, Brian and David, were not enough to give the Zimbabwe Under-19s a win over the West Indies in their 2022 Under-19 Cricket World Cup 11th-place playoff match at Diego Martin in Trinidad.
David Bennett joined his twin brother Brian at the crease and they added 102 runs in 22 overs for the fourth wicket partnership.
With the score on 182, Brian was dismissed for 62 runs off 84 balls, including eight fours, in the 43rd over.
David Bennett lasted until the innings closed at 256 for the loss of four wickets with a 77 not out off 105 balls built on three sixes and seven fours.
In reply, the Windies youngsters started slowly but eventually romped to victory with four balls to spare, having lost only two wickets.
The Zimbabwe Under-19s have to be content with a 12th place finish at the 16 teams Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup after a rather mixed bag of performances.