Only T20I: Corsica
France: 195-9 (Phillipe 81/Williams 4-??)
Won by ?? runs
Errr, sorry, made a mess of saving the scorecard but we won… honest!
1st ODI: Corsica
France 252 (Chevalier 37, Phillipe 27/Raza 3-24, Mpofu 3-32)
Zimbabwe 203 (Ervine 66/La Roux 2-37)
Won by 49 runs… courtesy of an extreme volume of extras!
2nd ODI: Corsica
Zimbabwe 208 (Masakadza 59, Raza 53*, Burl 46*/Chevalier 2-31)
France 214-2 (Gregory 103*, Chevalier 55/Chisoro 1-43, Ngarava 1-51)
Won by 8 wickets
Nearly made a mess of getting Gregory to his nation’s first ever ton in a full international but with the scores tied he got there with a six!
3rd ODI: Nantes
France 333 (Bernard 112, Chevalier 49/Chatara 4-99)
Zimbabwe 313-6 (Burl 65, Kamunhukamwe 58*, Musakanda 53/La Roux 1-47, L.Petit 1-50, Toure 1-59)
Won by 20 runs
A century on ODI debut for Maxime Bernard. Like Gregory he nearly didn’t get there but an epic last wicket stand of 71 with Anthony Toure (22*) elevated his and the team score. Had Zimbabwe played their reserves in the first two matches then maybe the series would’ve been more competitive.
Only Test: Nantes
France 247 (Le Tallec 75, Thomas 73, Georges 30/Mpofu 3-32, Ngarava 3-82, Raza 2-16)
Zimbabwe 241 (Masakadza 120, Taylor 51/Qadri 4-37, Toure 2-51)
France 117 (Chevalier 41, Thomas 22/Mpofu 5-47, Mavuta 4-29)
Zimbabwe 125-1 (Masakadza 83*, Taylor 25*/Qadri 1-22)
Lost by 9 wickets
We recovered from 41-5 in our first innings and they collapsed from 146-1 in theirs. As for our second innings… don’t ask! Having performed a clean sweep in the white-ball games, it was disappointing not to complete the set by winning the Test.
Next we head to Afghanistan for one Test, three ODIs and a single T20I with serious question marks hanging over our struggling batting line-up!
Disclaimer: Apologies but I just needed a break from full on match reports of every game!