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Emerging starlet Trent Schadendorf scored another century today and this time round it counted as the Zimbabwe Under-19s defeated their Namibia counterparts by two wickets in the second one-day match between the two sides played at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek. It was a remarkable victory for the tourists, who lost the first encounter on Friday by a similar margin despite Schadendorf s magnificent century. At one time it appeared as if the Zimbabwe youngsters would flounder again today after they started off with a wobbly response to Namibia s competitive total, but Schadendorf s superb knock of 100 crafted off 120 deliveries and which included three maximums and five fours kept Stephen Mangongo s charges in the game.

Chasing 266 for victory, the visiting Under-19s suffered an early setback when Schadendorf lost his opening partner, Gregory Dollar (7), in the third over with only a total of 10 runs on the board. Milton Shumba came in at number three but did not last long either, leaving the scoreboard reading 44 for two in 6.1 overs after he was dismissed for 10. Schadendorf and Alistair Frost then mounted a dogged 62-run stand for the third wicket that brought up the team hundred in 21 overs before Frost fell for 29.

After Kieran Robinson was trapped lbw for 24, Schadendorf struck up another big partnership with Jonathan Connolly that yielded 52 runs and took Zimbabwe s total past 200. Connolly was dismissed for 27, reducing the visitors to 202 for six in 39.2 overs. When Schadendorf became the next wicket to fall, for exactly 100, Zimbabwe now required 39 to win from 44 balls, with three wickets remaining. Declan Oldreive was run out for 10, leaving Alvin Chiradza to finish off the business, with an run-a-ball 32*, in tandem with Dion Mazhawidza (4*),

Shaun Fouche took three wickets, while Ngupita bagged two. The result was especially disappointing for the Namibians who had seen their first three batsmen J rgen Linde, Albert van der Merwe and Eben van Wyk all scoring fifties, performances deserving of victory on any other day. But after Schadendorf s heroics with the bat, for the second time in as many matches for that matter, the day surely had to belong to the young Zimbabweans.

The two sides will meet again in the third 50-over match scheduled for this Monday at the same venue.

Namibia Under-19s: 265 for 7 in 50 overs (J rgen Linde 58, Albert van der Merwe 53, Eben van Wyk 51, Lohan Louwrens 41; Liam Roche 2 for 43) lost to Zimbabwe Under-19s: 266 for 8 in 48.2 overs (Trent Schadendorf 100, Alvin Chiradza 32*, Alistair Frost 29; Shaun Fouche 3 for 53, Mauritius Ngupita 2 for 39) by 2 wickets