Williams’ 142 secures a tight win for Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe 332 for 7 (Williams 142, Jongwe 43*, Raza 42, Butt 4-79) Oman 318 for 9 (Prajapati 103, Ayan 47, Ilyas 45, Muzarabani 3-57, Chatara 3-73) by 14 runs

A brave Oman came painfully close to the finish, as Sean Williams’ 142 trumped Kashyap Prajapati’s 103 – the first by an Oman batsman against an ICC full member – to help Zimbabwe secure a narrow but crucial 14-run win to kick off the Super Six stage of the Men’s World Cup Qualifier.
Williams’ masterful innings were aided by cameos from Sikandar Raza and Luke Jongwe, along with several other helpful contributions throughout the series. Then Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani took three apiece with the ball, and Richard Ngarava grabbed a pair to stop Oman’s attack.

The result means Zimbabwe has one leg in the World Cup proper, with another win from their next two games securing qualification – although they could qualify even with two losses, provided other results go well.

While their chances of qualifying are now virtually non-existent due to their inferior net run rate, for Oman their performance was yet another reminder of closing the gap between associated countries and their full-fledged counterparts.

However, looking back at this game, Oman will regret the missed opportunities with each of Williams, Raza and Craig Ervine dropping out, while also giving away several easy points and missing run-off opportunities. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, grabbed every inch, most notably when Raza completed an awe-inspiring over-the-shoulder grab to sack Prajapati’s streak.



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