Garamuts thumped in world cup opener

The Hebou PNG Garamuts were crushed by Zimbabwe in today’s opening match of the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

After a rain delayed start, Zimbabwe won the toss electing to field first at Lincoln No.3, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Garamuts openers, Simon Atai (14) and Igo Mahuru (26), steadied along to put on 41 runs for the first wicket.

The Garamuts were dealt another blow losing captain Vagi Karaho who managed one run before being given out leg before wicket off the bowling of Wesley Madhevere.

Ovia Sam (24*) and Sinaka Arua (18) tried to get things going again.

But Arua’s dismissal brought about the end as wickets tumbled one after the other, leaving the Garamuts all out for 95.   

All-rounder, Madhevere was Zimbabwe’s best with the ball taking 3/19 off his four overs.

Zimbabwe easily reached the target with 36 balls to spare and without losing a single wicket, thanks to knocks from Gregory Dollar (41*) and Madhevere (53*).

Next up for the Garamuts is India. The match is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16. 

Troy Taule