Canada good opposition: Whatmore


NATIONAL cricket coach Davenell “Dav” Whatmore says even though he would have preferred to play against tougher opposition ahead of the World Cup, the touring Canada team was still good opposition for Zimbabwe A.


The Zimbabwe A side will meet the Canadians in the second of the scheduled three one-day matches at Harare Sports Club today after romping to a convincing 110-run win in the opening one-day match at the same venue on Tuesday.

Asked if Canada would provide a real test for his players Whatmore said: “No it’s not. I had an opportunity to watch the second half of the match because we were practicing in the morning.

Stuart Matsikenyeri
Stuart Matsikenyeri

“I did feel that the in the first 10 overs of our attack we were under a bit more pressure than the rest of the 40 overs. When they lost three wickets it was more or less the conclusion of the match. In conclusion, yes it’s an A team, but it’s still good practice. Yes, they are a World Cricket League number three or four, but some of their players aren’t too bad.”

The Shepherd Makunura-coached side will be hoping to wrap up the series with one more game to spare when the two teams clash in the second match today.

Top-order Chamu Chibhabha, veteran Stuart Matsikenyeri and seamer Tawanda Mupariwa put strong performances in the match to force their way into the 15-member squad for the World Cup.

Chibhabha was the first to stake a claim to a World Cup berth with a 146-ball 155 runs as Zimbabwe A totalled 287-8 in their allotted 50 overs in the first one-day match.

Matsikenyeri scored a crucial 50 from 65 balls while Matabeleland Tuskers seamer Mupariwa gave the selectors a positive headache with a polished bowling display.