ZIMBABWE proved too strong for Namibia in their 15th place play-off at the WEP Harris Oval in Brisbane on Thursday, where half-centuries to Ryan Burl and Matthew Bentley set up a 70-run victory for Zimbabwe.
Having chosen to bat, Zimbabwe were in trouble at 10 for 2 as Jason Davidson (3 for 26) removed both the openers, before Bentley and Kevin Kasuza (33) resurrected the innings.
They put on 62 for the third wicket before Kasuza departed and Bentley, the Zimbabwe captain, combined with Burl for a 113-run fourth-wicket stand. Bentley made 67 and Burl scored 78. While the contributions from the Zimbabwe lower order fell away significantly, they had done enough to reach 236 for 9. Namibia struggled to recover from a wobbly start to their chase as they stumbled to 49 for 4 in the 15th over.
Gerhard Erasmus (32) did what he could to put the chase back on track but Luke Jongwe and Peacemore Zimwa picked up three wickets each as Namibia struggled for traction. Jongwe grabbed the final wicket in the 41st over, with Namibia on 166, still 71 runs short of their target.
Namibia have now officially completed their Under-19 Cricket World Cup campaign as the sixteenth-placed country, although on a much more positive note they stand as sixth amongst the associate and affiliate members of the International Cricket Council in the Under-19 rankings.