Kyle Simmonds starred with bat and ball as SA Emerging claimed a 3-0 one-day series victory over Zimbabwe A with an 88-run win in Harare on Sunday.
The young all-rounder first plundered an unbeaten century – he made exactly 100 (81 balls, 11 fours, 2 sixes) – to help the tourists post 290 all out at the Sports Club.
The 23-year-old was then the pick of the bowlers with two for 23 as the hosts were bowled out for 202 in 46.2 overs. Both performances by Simmonds were career-best ones in 50-over cricket.
Thomas Kaber (51) and Isaac Digale (46) also chipped in with runs after the Zimbabweans won the toss and opted to field first, with their bowlers dismissing the opposition in exactly 49 overs.
Nathan Waller was the best of the bowlers with 4-36.
Apart from Simmonds’ double with the ball, there were also two wickets each for four other bowlers – Tladi Bokako (2-53), Michael Cohen (2-27), Lwandiswa Zuma (2-33) and Kaber (2-35).
Kudzai Sauramba top-scored for the home team with 63, while Waller got 60.
The SA Emerging team also won their two-match, four-day series to complete a fine tour of Zimbabwe.
Powerade SA National Academy Men’s Squad: Karabo Mogotsi (Gauteng), Wihan Lubbe (North West), Yaseen Vallie (Gauteng), Tony de Zorzi (Northerns), Janneman Malan (North West), Senuran Muthusamy (KZN), Isaac Digale (North West), Michael Cohen (WP), Lwandiswa Zuma (KZN), Tladi Bokako (EP), Okuhle Cele (KZN), Migael Pretorius (Northerns), Kyle Simmonds (Boland), Thomas Kaber (Northerns), Kyle Verrynne (WP), Matthew Christensen (EP).
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