Tough cricket lessons for Nust boys in Sri Lanka

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport/leisure - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

NA­TIONAL Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (Nust), who were rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try at Red Bull Cam­pus Cricket World Fi­nals in Sri Lanka, got some tough lessons as they lost all the three matches they played against Asian op­po­nents.

Cap­tained by bowl­ing all rounder Mzin­gaye Md­longwa, Nust were drawn in the same group with United Arab Emi­rates, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their de­but ap­pear­ance at the eight-team com­pe­ti­tion.

Last Sun­day, Nust took on UAE at Colombo Colts Cricket Ground. UAE posted 149 for five in 20 overs, their high­est score com­ing from Rahul Bha­tia who made an un­beaten 41. Pace bowler Tafadzwanashe Mak­wena took two wick­ets for nine runs in three overs for Nust.

Bill Kwambana, bat­ting at num­ber three was the high­est runs scorer for Nust with 48 runs but the Zim­bab­weans folded for 96 runs in 17.2 overs to lose the match by 53 runs.

On Mon­day, Nust came up against Bangladesh with the Zim­bab­weans putting a woe­ful dis­play to lose by 130 runs. Bangladesh scored a mas­sive 175 for five in 20 overs and went on to bowl Nust for 45 in 10.5 overs. The fol­low­ing day saw Nust take on Sri Lanka with a slightly im­proved bat­ting show not helped by the bowl­ing.

Nust bat­ted first, were bowled out for 108 in 20 overs, Shadreck Tapiwa the high­est run con­trib­u­tor with 23. Sri Lanka lost just three wick­ets on their way to vic­tory in 10.5 overs to con­demn the Zim­bab­wean lads to their third straight de­feat at the tour­na­ment.

Md­longwa de­scribed their maiden ap­pear­ance as be­ing a huge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them which will ben­e­fit team mem­bers who will re­main be­hind next year.

“Af­ter hav­ing a chat with some of the guys who we played against we re­alised that they play first class cricket in their coun­tries. Oth­er­wise it was a great tour­na­ment, a learn­ing curve for the guys who will re­main be­hind. Peo­ple this side are so wel­com­ing,’’ Md­longwa said.

Nust, who are coached by Pfung­wadza­she Tsongora, got the in­vi­ta­tion from the or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ment by virtue of be­ing the cham­pi­ons at the Zim­babwe Univer­sity Sports As­so­ci­a­tion Games held in Bu­l­awayo in March. They de­feated Lu­pane State Univer­sity in the Su­per Over at the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Acad­emy af­ter the scores were tied.

Nust are set to re­turn home to­day af­ter wit­ness­ing the semi-fi­nals of the tour­na­ment took place in Galle last Fri­day with the fi­nal at the same venue yes­ter­day.

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