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So far it has been a case of living by the sword, dying by the sword in this first Test between Zimbabwe and the Windies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. After Zimbabwe had deployed spin bowling so effectively to bundle out the Caribbean side for 219 on the first day – with captain Graeme Cremer leading the charge with a four-wicket haul – the visitors simply returned the favour on Sunday, skittling the home side for 159 just before tea.

Legspinner Devendra Bishoo was the chief tormentor, claiming five wickets, while there were two each for the captain Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.

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Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis are set to make their return to international cricket when Zimbabwe face West Indies in a two-match Test series scheduled to start this weekend. The two players, who recently returned to the national fold after spending some seasons in English county cricket, are part of the 16-man squad selected for the series in Bulawayo.

Solomon Mire is in line to make his Test debut, while the uncapped wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayavo has also made the cut.

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Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) announced today that following the end of his contract with and release from English county Nottinghamshire, ZC has formally contracted Brendan Taylor to play domestic and international cricket in and for Zimbabwe.

Commenting on the development, Zimbabwe head coach Heath Streak said, “I am elated to have Brendan Taylor back in a Zimbabwe jersey. We welcome him back and we are looking forward to him making a big difference for us and spending the rest of his playing career in his country of birth.”

 

Kyle Simmonds starred with bat and ball as the Powerade South Africa Emerging team sealed an emphatic, 88-run win over Zimbabwe ‘A’ and with it a 3-0 sweep of their One-Day Series in Harare on Sunday.

The young all-rounder first plundered an unbeaten century – he made exactly 100 (81 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) – to help the tourists post 290 all out at the Sports Club. 

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Yaseen Valli’s maiden century paved the way for the Powerade South Africa Emerging team to seal their three-match, One-Day series against Zimbabwe ‘A’ with a narrow 15-run win in the second game in Harare.

The visiting struck an unbeaten 133 (143 balls, 10 fours) to lead his side to an imposing 330/4 after winning the toss and batting at the Harare Sports Club. 

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A blistering century by Janneman Malan followed a career-best, five-wicket-haul from Migael Pretorius to help the Powerade South Africa Emerging team charge to a powerful, six-wicket win over Zimbabwe A in the opening match of their three-match, one-day series in Harare on.

The tourists, who already won the four-day leg of the trip 1-0, continued that momentum at the Harare Sports Club, chasing down a victory target of 216 with a massive 19 overs to spare. 

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Okuhle Cele, Thomas Kaber and Kyle Simmonds shared six wickets between them as the Powerade South Africa Emerging team were forced to settle for a draw after a defiant Zimbabwe ‘A’ batted out the final day of their second four-day match in Kwekwe on Saturday.

Fast bowler Cele, was the pick of the bowlers thanks to his 2/25, while spinners Kaber and Simmonds finished with 2/77 and 2/44 respectively after the hosts desperately held on to save the match on 257/8.

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