Story by Raynald Ngwarati
The Zimbabwe men’s national cricket team has beat Nepal by 8 wickets with 35 balls to spare in their International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifier 2023 at the Harare Sports Club this Sunday.
A solid stand between centurions Sean Williams and the captain Craig Ervine ensured that the Chevrons cross the line with relative ease.
Earlier, the Chevrons restricted Nepal to 290 for eight in their allotted 50 overs, Richard Ngarava being the peak of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets for 43 in nine overs.
The Chevrons made a solid start to the chase, with the opening duo of Joylord Gumbie and Wesley Madhevere getting good starts, before Gumbie lost his wicket for 25 runs.
Madhevere was the second wicket to fall, falling for 32 runs to pave way for a blistering third wicket partnership, between the two most experienced batsmen in the Zimbabwean line-up.
The Chevrons will take on The Netherlands in their next match on Tuesday, and they will be hoping to carry the same momentum.
The hosts are part of 10 nations from whom only two nations will qualify for the global showpiece in India this November.
Heavyweights Sri Lanka, West Indies, The Netherlands and Ireland are some of the big names hoping to join 8 other teams who have already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup in India through the ICC One Day International Super League.