Ballance, Madhevere star as Zimbabwe win ODI series against Netherlands



Half-centuries from Gary Ballance and Wessly Madhevere helped Zimbabwe defeat the Netherlands by seven wickets and win a World Cup Super League one-day international series 2-1 on Saturday.

After two midweek thrillers that were won in the final over, the home side were always ahead on run rate after restricting the tourists to 231 for nine.

Sikandar Raza hit the match-winning four, taking Zimbabwe to 235 for three with 50 balls remaining at Harare Sports Club.

“Winning the series is huge for us as a team, and for me as an individual,” said Zimbabwe all-rounder and man of the series Sean Williams. “Winning becomes a habit. We had got to a stage where losing had become a habit. We are learning to win again. “Wessly is an extremely talented kid and a fan-tastic competitor. It is huge for us as a team because he is maturing.”

Netherlands captain Scott Edwards was upbeat despite losing the series after winning the opening match.—APP