Zimbabwe registered a 23 runs win over Jersey on the second day of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
The result saw the Chevrons, together with the United States of America, making it to the semi-finals.
The USA dismissed Singapore by 132 runs at Bulawayo Athletic Club.
Sent in to bat, Zimbabwe had a poor start as they lost three wickets inside the Powerplay, with Jersey reducing them to 39/3.
The burden was on last match’s half centurions, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza to revive their innings.
The duo steadied the proceedings with a 52-run stand before Williams, who made his second fifty of the tournament, was bowled by Dominic Blampied for a quick 39-ball 57.
For his effort, Williams was named Player of the Match.
Raza was named Player of the Match in their opener against Singapore.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the hosts, with batters failing to convert their good starts.
Luke Jongwe’s fiery cameo of 29* from just 13 balls helped push Zimbabwe’s tally to a respectable 146/8.
Jersey lost opener Nicholas Greenwood early inside the Powerplay, in which they made 41/1.
Ryan Burl struck thrice in each of his last three overs, finishing with returns of 3/13.
That put the pressure on Jersey who were reduced to 67/4 in the 14th over.
Opener Harrison Carlyon was leading the attack, and he found a reliable partner in Benjamin Ward. However, their 52-run stand was broken in the final over as Carlyon departed for 45.
Jersey fell 23 runs short of the target with Ward unbeaten on 35. – ZTN Correspondent/Wires