Christensen extends Emerging SA team’s advantage

Mathew Christensen’s maiden career century helped the South Africa Emerging team continue to dominate on day two of their second four-day match against Zimbabwe A in Kwekwe on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old, who was unbeaten on 88 overnight, went on to make a career-best 127 (255 balls, 19 fours) as his side amassed 454, before they then reduced the home side to 162/4 at the halfway stage of the game.

Kyle Simmonds also continued to impress on the trip, following up his century in the previous game with a blistering 64 (59 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) at the Kwekwe Sports Club where the South Africans were eventually bowled out in 126.5 overs.

It was then the turn of the bowlers to perform and they did not disappoint.

A wicket each from Michael Cohen (1/51) and Lwandiswa Zuma (1/27) reduced the home side to 20/2, while further strikes from Okuhle Cele (1/19) and Thomas Kaber (1/23) left the Zimbabweans in real strife on 87/4.

An unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 75 between Regis Chakabva (35) and Charles Kunje (34) helped the home side recover to reach the close in a more respectable position.