ZIMBABWE continues to dance to a great cricket beat after the countrya��s flagship team, Chevrons, booked a place in the Super Six of the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup Qualifier currently taking place in the country.
Zimbabwe finished on top of the group with seven points, while Scotland were second with the same number of points, but an inferior net run rate.
Afghanistan, beaten by Zimbabwe and Scotland, still made it to the next stage after Nepal defeated Hong Kong at Bulawayo Athletic Club. Since points against teams that did not make it to the next round are discarded, Zimbabwe head into the Super Six stage with three points.
The Chevrons, a team that charmed many at Bulawayoa��s Queens Sports Club where they never lost any of their Group B matches, will play against Ireland on Friday in Harare before taking on West Indies on Monday at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe will then face United Arab Emirates on Thursday next week at Old Hararians.
Hordes of Castle Lager Premier Soccer League players that include FC Platinum duo of Winston Mhango andA� Rahman Kutsanzira, Highlandersa�� Peter Mudhuwa, Tendai Ndlovu, Bukhosi Ncube and Godfrey Makaruse who are some of the famous sporting people that thronged Queens Sports Club, urgedA� Heath Streaka��s charges to remain focused as the whole nation restlessly wants them to qualify for the World Cup.
a�?Now that you have reached the Super Six stage, my message to themA� is that they must just remain focused and take each game as it comes. The nation will be very happy to see them qualify for the World Cup. We are a success starved nation with regards to sports and as such we now await anxiously to see them sail through,a�? said Kutsanzira.
Said Mudhuwa: a�?Ia��m very much confident that the Chevrons will do us proud. They did it in the group stage and as such they should remain confident that they will fly the countrya��s flag high. The team boasts of quality arsenal and it will be no wonder to see them proceed to the World Cup finals.a�?
The Graeme Cremer-captained ship is naturally motivated ahead of the tricky Super Six ties especially after those top drawer performances that were showcased at Queens Sports Club by players that include the pint-sized Sikandar Raza, fast pace bowler Blessing Muzaraban, Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Kyle Jarvis and Cremer himself.
The top two teams at the end of the Super Six will clash in the final at Harare Sports Club on 25 March with those countries assured of a ticket to England.