Zimbabwe defeated Scotland today by 172 runs at Diamond Oval in Kimberley, meaning Scotland end their U19 Cricket World Cup campaign in 12th place.
Losing the toss and being asked to field first, Zimbabwe raced ahead during the powerplay and beyond to post a commanding 354/8, with three out of their top four hitting 90, 69 and 40 to make the Scottish attack toil – despite taking regular wickets through the middle overs.
Quick runs from Taurayi Tugwete (15) and Dane Schadendorf (35) at the backend of the Zimbabwe innings meant they were able to keep their run-rate ticking to climb above 350.
With a huge task ahead of them, Scotland got off to a quick start in reply with Ben Davidson (25) and Tom Mackintosh (18) putting on a 45-run stand for the second wicket after the early loss of Uzzair Shah (1).
By the time the second wicket partnership was broken with Ben Davidson falling to Wesley Madhevere with the score 53/2, Scotland lost Tom Mackintosh four balls later to cause a collapse of 3/33 as Angus Guy (15) and Lyle Robertson (9) enjoyed short stays.
Danny Cairns (58) and Kess Sajjad (14) combined for a 23-run stand before an unfortunate run-out (Taurayi Tugwete) ended the latter’s innings.
With Jasper Davidson (17) joining Danny Cairns needing 246 runs to win, the pair put on a gritty 50-run stand before the former fell to Priviledge Chesa in the 29th over.
Requiring a further 196 runs to win with three wickets remaining, the weight of the runs needed was too much for the young Scots as they were bowled out for 182 in the 34th over to hand Zimbabwe 11th place and a 172-run win.