Zimbabwe coach wants better batting performance against Kenya

Zimbabwe coach Alan Butcher (left) and bowler Chris Mpofu (right) watch other players during a team training session at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on March 13. Zimbabwe need to back up their tight spin bowling with a solid batting display in their last World Cup match against Kenya, Butcher said.

Kolkata: Mar 19, 2011

Zimbabwe need to back up their tight spin bowling with a solid batting display in their last World Cup match against Kenya, coach Alan Butcher said on Saturday.

“Our batting has been a disappointment. We have not given our spin attack enough chances to win us games. We’ve scored runs in the past, but it has just not worked out (this time),” Butcher said. “Our spin bowling has done a fantastic job.”

Zimbabwean spinners Raymond Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer have all performed well in previous matches but have not generally been supported by the batsmen.

Their batting has clicked only once, when they posted 298-9 during their win against Canada. Butcher said Zimbabwe would not take Kenya lightly even though they have lost all five of their matches in the World Cup so far.

“We are making sure we do our homework and ensure that we give them (Kenya) as much respect as we gave other, big teams,” he said.

Both the African nations are already out of contention for a place in the quarter-finals. Zimbabwe have just two points after their Canada win and Kenya have none.

AFP