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South African Invitation XI beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets

South African Invitation XI overcame a strong Zimbabwe rearguard action on the final day of the three-day tour match at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday to claim a well-deserved five-wicket victory.

Ryan Burl (51 off 138 balls, 6 fours) and Chamu Chibhabha (55 off 110 balls, 5 fours and a six) were largely responsible for the Zimbabwe fightback as they shared an eighth wicket partnership of 97 that was easily their side’s highest of the match.

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South Africa vs Zimbabwe: Test Preview

Proteas batsman, AB de Villiers, says he is geared up for the unique challenges the pink ball will pose in the historic four-day day-night Test match against Zimbabwe starting in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, December 26th. The Proteas held their first session under lights with the pink ball on Friday evening, with the St George’s Park conditions providing plenty of nip and spice for the bowlers.

The 33-year-old says he is ‘excited’ to make a return to the Test fold after nearly two years, and hopes to make a meaningful contribution on and off the field as one of the senior players in the squad. He has recovered from the stiff lower back that kept him out of the three-day warm-up match against Zimbabwe earlier this week, and is fit and eager to take on the uncharted pink ball challenge.

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Masakadza’s fifty saves Zimbabwe’s blushes in warm-up game

Hamilton Masakadza spared Zimbabwe’s blushes on Wednesday with a well-crafted fifty as the tourists struggled to cope with unfamiliar settings on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against the South Africa Invitation XI at Boland Park in Paarl.

Playing under lights and using the pink ball for the first time, Zimbabwe folded for 196, with Masakadza’s knock of 79 – which came off 181 deliveries and included nine boundaries and a single maximum – being the only noteworthy performance of the innings.

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Rance replaces injured Milne in New Zealand squad

Seth Rance has been brought into the BLACKCAPS squad to replace Adam Milne, who has been ruled out with a foot injury. Milne felt discomfort in his left foot while landing to bowl and has been ruled out of the remainder of the G.J Gardner Homes ODI and Twenty20 series against West Indies. He will continue to be evaulated.

“Adam has a great work ethic and puts a lot into his fitness, so I certainly feel for him with this injury,” said BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen. “It’s a long summer and there’s a lot of cricket left for Adam to play, so we’ll work with him to get him back to full fitness.

“Seth comes into the squad off the back of consistently strong domestic performances. We were already looking at Seth for the upcoming Twenty20 series, so this just brings him into the squad slightly earlier than anticipated.

Satterthwaite named ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year

For the second year in a row, a WHITE FERN has taken out the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award.

Canterbury Magicians batswoman Amy Satterthwaite has been recognised for her outstanding 2016-17 season by winning the top One Day prize, one year on from Captain Suzie Bates claiming the award. 

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Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney cap off stellar year with ICC Awards

Australian cricketers Ellyse Perry and Beth Mooney have been recognized for their outstanding performances across the last 12 months in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual awards.

Perry, 27, has been awarded the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for Cricketer of the Year. The award has been re-named in memory of the late Rachael Heyhoe Flint, former England captain and one of the pioneers of women’s cricket.

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Zimbabwe get chance to assess game plan for South Africa Test

Zimbabwe will face a strong South African Invitation XI, including Dale Steyn and Temba Bavuma, in a three-day warm-up match that gets underway on Wednesday at Boland Park in Paarl.

The practice match, a day-night affair, will give Zimbabwe the opportunity to assess their game plan for the historic four-day Test match against South Africa scheduled to start on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth.

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