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By Muziwethu Hadebe

Heath Streak looks to be on his way out as the Zimbabwe Cricket national team coach. This follows an email that has been circulating on social media allegedly written to Streak by Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain.

In the email Hasnain says “Futher to our discussions, please give your technical staff (and yourself included) until 3PM tomorrow to formally resign. After which time the technical team can consider themselves dismissed and relieved of their duties with immediate effect”.

The email seems to have been written on the 29th of March and it will seem Streak and his technical team have up to today to resign with indications that discussions on their dismissal have been going on.

Indications are that Zimabwe Cricket wanted the technical team fired soon after the ODI series defeat to Afghanistan just before the world cup qualifier hosted by Zimbabwe recently. Zimbabwe lost out to lowly United Arab Emirates blocking their passage to the world cup in England next year. It will seem this is what caused the former Zimbabwe bowler and captain to be fired.

Streak has coached Matebeland Tuskers locally as well as Bangladesh as the bowling coach. He has also had stints in the Indian Premier League with Gujarat Lions between 2016-2017 at the same time he was appointed the Zimbabwe coach taking over from Dav Whatmore.

Last week he was appointed the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders also in the Indian Premeir League.

Streak who turned 44 years two weeks ago played 65 tests for Zimbabwe picking 216 wickets and was involved in 189 ODI’s managing 239 wickets.

His backroom staff included Lance Klusener as the Batting coach and Douglas Hondo who was the bowling coach. So far this year under Streak Zimbabwe had played 17 matches in all formats of the game winning 7, losing 9 while the other was a tie.

Zimbabwe Cricket is yet to confirm the latest development.

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By Muziwethu Hadebe

West Indies 290 for 6 (Samuels 86, Hope 76, Muzarabani 2-36) beat Zimbabwe 289 all out (Taylor 138, Mire 45, Holder 4-35, Roach 3-55) by four wickets

THE WEST INDIES brightened their chances of making it into the cricket world cup in England next year after they beat the hosts Zimbabwe by 4 wickets in this super six stage world cup qualifier at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe to go top of the log.

The Chevrons won the toss and as they have done in all of their matches in this tournament elected to bat first posting what looked like a reasonable total of 289 runs all out after 50 overs.

Brandon Taylor top scored with 138 runs from 124 balls, which comprised of 20 fours and 2 sixes. Other significant contributions came from Solomon Mire who scored 45 runs and Sean Williams who made 34 runs.

Jason Holder and Kemor Roach had a combined 7 wickets as they picked four and three wickets respectively.

In reply the West Indies managed 290 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Malon Sammes top scored with 86 runs from 80 balls. Shai Hope scored 76 runs, with Evin Lewis on 64 runs from 75 balls.

Earlier Zimbabwe had picked the big wicket of Chris Gayle in the sixth over through Blessing Muzarabani and was caught by Kyle Jarvis after managing only 17 runs from 13 balls.

The victory put the West Indies in firm control of qualifying while Zimbabwe needs a win over the United Arab Erimates to secure a place at the world cup.

It was the first defeat for the hosts in this world cup qualifier, as the West Indies did well in chasing their biggest ODI score.

Super Sixes
WI 4 3 1 6 0.529
ZIM 4 2 1 5 0.520
SCOT 4 2 1 5 0.315
IRE 4 2 2 4 0.474
AFG 3 1 2 2 -0.023
UAE 3 0 3 0 -2.493
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By Muziwethu Hadebe

Zimbabwe 211 for 9 (Raza 69*, Murtagh 3-36, McBrine 2-42) beat Ireland104 (Stirling 41, Chisoro 3-22, Cremer 3-18) by 107 runs

Sikandar Raza posted a crucial 69 runs to guide Zimbabwe to 211/9 after it looked gloomy at one stage with the chevrons sitting on 139/7 as Zimbabwe beat Ireland to remain unbeaten in the ICC cricket world cup qualifiers in this match played at Harare Sports Club.

Ireland won the toss and put Zimbabwe to bat and Raza was the only one with a significant performance with the bat. The batsman second to Raza was Brandon Taylor who hit 25 runs on a wicket that provided little in terms of runs.

Murtagh was the peak of bowlers with 3 wickets but Raza’s patience with the bat paid off as he went on to pick one wicket and was named the Player of the match.

Ireland struggled with the bat. Only PR Stirling and GL Wilson managed double figures on 41 and 15 runs respectively. It was a day of spinners with Tendai Chisora managing 3 wickets. Captain Graeme Creamer also managed 3 wickets as Zimbabwe bowled out Ireland for 104 runs after 34.2 overs.

Only two teams will make it to the world cup from the super six stage.

Super Sixes

1Zimbabwe 3 2 0 1 0 5 0.727 617/150.0 508/150.0
2Scotland 3 2 0 1 0 5 0.588 788/147.2 714/150.0
3West Indies 3 2 1 0 0 4 0.666 811/150.0 700/147.4
4Ireland 3 1 2 0 0 2 0.465 626/144.0 559/144.0
5Afghanistan 3 1 2 0 0 2 -0.023 647/147.4 649/147.2
6United Arab Emirates 3 0 3 0 0 0 -2.493 637/144.0 996/144.0

Group A

1West Indies 4 4 0 0 0 8 1.171 1036/171.4 869/178.4
2Ireland 4 3 1 0 0 6 1.479 1001/184.1 732/185.0
3United Arab Emirates 4 2 2 0 0 4 -1.177 734/166.0 963/172.0
4Netherlands 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.709 708/169.4 799/163.4
5Papua New Guinea 4 0 4 0 0 0 -0.865 707/178.0 823/170.1

Group B

1Zimbabwe 4 3 0 1 0 7 1.035 1049/200.0 842/200.0
2Scotland 4 3 0 1 0 7 0.855 711/162.2 705/200.0
3Afghanistan 4 1 3 0 0 2 0.038 839/184.4 871/193.2
4Nepal 4 1 3 0 0 2 -0.893 762/190.4 881/180.1
5Hong Kong 4 1 3 0 0 2 -1.121 643/196.0 705/160.1





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By Muziwethu Hadebe

Zimbabwe 210 (Ervine 57, Sharif 5-33, Leask 4-37) tied with Scotland 210 (Berrington 47, Cremer 3-21, Chisoro 3-42)

ZIMBABWE AND SCOTLAND played out to the first tie of the ICC Cricket world cup qualifiers at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Monday.

It was another nerve wrecking end to the match as Scotland needed 14 runs from 12 balls with two wickets remaining as they sat on 197/8 after Zimbabwe had won the toss and elected to bat posting 210 runs after 50 overs.

Watt recorded no runs in the first two of those balls.  He then hit two consecutive boundaries with the third and fourth balls and followed with another 2 runs with the fifth ball. On the last ball of the 48th over, Watt needed another boundary to secure victory for the Scots but was bowled out by Chatara with a fine catch from Sean Williams.

Into the last over of the match the Scots still needed three runs from six balls with the tall Muzarabani facing BTJ Wheal. The first ball was a wide and Scotland were left needing 2 runs from 5 balls but Muzabarani held his nerve to bowl out Wheal, caught Taylor  for the chevrons to secure a tie.

The chevrons who batted first as they have done in their opening three matches, batted first for the fourth consecutive time, in their fourth match in these qualifiers with Craig Ervine top scoring with 57 runs, there were decent contributions from Brendon Taylor who managed 44 runs. Solomon Mere got 35 runs, Zhuwao 18 and Masakadza who was the player of the match against Hong Kong getting 16 runs.

SM Sharif was the peak of the bowlers with 5 wickets, MA Leask got 4 wickets while BTJ Wheal was on one. For his five wicket haul, SM Sharif was named the player of the match.

In response Scotland were patient with the bat in a match they could have won at the end.  Rd Berrington top scored with 47 runs, Coetzer managed 39 runs, MA Leask made 28 runs and Munsey was on 29 runs.

Scotland and Zimbabwe, both unbeaten, had already sealed progress to the Super Sixes stage of the tournament. Afghanistan also progress from Group B despite winning just one of their four matches.

In Group A, Ireland and West Indies are through, with Netherlands failing to beat the United Arab Emirates, The UAE is through to the super 6 stage.

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By Muziwethu Hadebe
Zimbabwe 263 for 9 (Masakadza 84, Nawaz 4-47) beat Hong Kong 174 (Rath 85, Raza 3-30) by 89 runs
ZIMBABWE won their third match on the trot at the ICC cricket world cup qualifiers over Hong Kong by 89 runs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Saturday.
The hosts who won their opening two matches over Nepal and Afghanistan after winning the toss and electing to bat on both occasions, this time saw Hong Kong win the toss and putting the chevrons to bat as Zimbabwe managed 263-9.
There was an improvement with the top three batting order managing 144 runs as Hamilton Masakadza top scored with 84 runs. Zhuwao managed 45 runs and Solomon Mire got 20 runs. Brendon Taylor was 4 runs short of half a century.
Ehsan Nawaz was brilliant with the ball picking 4 wickets and conceding 47 runs. In reply Hong Kong made 174 runs as Anshuma Rath was outstanding knocking 85 runs from 117 balls.
Player of the match in the past two matches Sikandar Raza picked 3 wickets while managing just 10 runs.
Masakadza was named the player of the match. In the other matches on Saturday the West Indies beat Ireland by 52 runs at Harare Sports Club. The Netherlands won by 57 runs over PNG at old Hararians.
Zimbabwe plays their last group match against Scotland on Monday, in a match that will decide who tops the group as the teams head to the super six stage. Only two nations will qualify to the world cup from these qualifiers.

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By Muziwethu Hadebe

Zimbabwe 196 (Taylor 89, Raza 60, Rashid 3-38, Mujeeb 3-49) beat Afghanistan 194 (Shah 69, Nabi 51, Muzarabani 4-47, Raza 3-40) by two runs

ZIMBABWE beat Afghanistan by two runs in a nail biting finish to record a second consecutive win at the ICC Cricket world cup qualifiers at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday.

Afghanistan who had recently beaten the Chevrons in their home land 4-1 in the ODI series needed just 4 runs from one wicket and six balls remaining in the final over.  Vitori picked the crucial wicket of Dawlat Zadran for Zimbabwe to record a crucial win against their rivals.

The victory saw a pitch invasion from the strong Zimbabwe crowd that was behind their team from the first ball bowled.

Zimbabwe for the second time in a row in these qualifiers had won the toss and again elected to bat posting what looked like a disappointing 196 all out after 43 overs.

Player of the match for the second time in two matches Sikandar Raza scored 60 runs for Zimbabwe after his 123 runs in the first match. Top scoring was Brendon Taylor with 89 runs on a day in which the top batting order performed badly with the top three managing just seven runs including a duck for Zhuwawo.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan did well with the ball for the visitors picking three wickets each.

With Zimbabwe restricted to 196 runs it looked like it was a routine victory for the team that has dominated Zimbabwe of late.

The Zimbabwe bowlers however had other ideas with Muzarabani picking 4 wickets while the player of the match Raza weighed in with three wickets as he continued with his rich form in these qualifiers.

The big victory ensured that Zimbabwe sits on four points in these qualifiers. In the other matches on Tuesday Scotland beat Hong Kong by 4 wickets with 159 balls remaining to go top ahead of the Chevrons.

Ireland won by 4 wickets as well over Papa New Guinea with five balls remaining.  There was also a 60 runs win by the West Indies over the United Arab Emirates in Harare.

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By Muziwethu Hadebe

ZIMBABWE won their first match in the ICC world cup qualifiers with a convincing 116 runs over Nepal at a packed Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first posting 380 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.  Nepal could only manage 264 runs for the loss of 8 wickets after 50 overs.

Sikandar Raza top scored with 123 runs and in the process picked three wickets as he conceded 40 runs to emerge as the man of the match. His 123 runs comprised seven 4’s and 9 6’s.

Brendon Taylor hit a century as Solomon Mire scored 52 runs. There were other significant contributions from Zhuwawo who managed 41 runs, Craig Ervine hit 34 runs while batting at number three the seasoned Hamilton Masakadza could only manage 17 runs when he was bowled and caught by Regmi after 12.5 overs.

Waller and Cremer were not out at the end of the 50 overs managing a single and fours respectively as Raza batted for almost the whole earnings before falling to the bowling of Sompal Kami and caught by Paudel after 48.4 overs, Taylor was to follow him with the next ball having already achieved his century.

Nepal had Vesawkar top scoring with 52 runs as he was caught leg before wicket by Raza after 37.1 overs. There was also a half a century for Aarif Sheikh who was bowled out by Jarvis.

In the other matches on Day 1 Scotland did the Zimbabwe Chevrons a big favour beating Afghanistan by 7 wickets at the Bulawayo Athletic Club.

The United Arab Emirates beat PNG by 56 runs after the use of the duck worth Lewis law.

Ireland beat the Netherlands by 93 runs after the duck worth Lewis law as well.

Tuesday sees day two in which Hong Kong play Scotland, Ireland face PNG, UAE face the West Indies and the big one will be at Queens Sports Club as Zimbabwe play Afghanistan.

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