Inconsistency cost us: Cricket coach

National Under-19 cricket coach, Chris Harris, has blamed inconsistency for the team’s bad performance and failure to progress to the World Cup quarterfinals.

The former New Zealand international was left disappointed after bad performances against Papua New Guinea, India and West Indies saw his side finish third in the group.

“I reflect back on three matches as missed opportunities,” Harris told media after the team’s elimination from the tournament, played in Australia.

“I am a bit disappointed. I thought we played very well at times but in both these games against India and West Indies, at crucial moments we let ourselves down, didn’t execute and it cost us dearly. We just never really got any batting partnerships going. We talk a lot about it and the boys know the importance of consolidating and forming a partnership and then progressing from there. Every time we just start to form a bit of a partnership, we play a rash shot and put ourselves under pressure again. It is a learning curve,” he said.

Harris sang the praises of youngster Kevin Kasuza and 17-year-old all-rounder Luke Jongwe, tipping them to be stars of the future. The two performed admirably against Papua New Guinea as Zimbabwe won by 104 runs.

Harris nonetheless reserved the biggest praise for Malcolm Lake for his consistent performances. The all-rounder smashed 118 against India from 107 deliveries, including 10 fours and five sixes.

“He has had a great tournament. I thought he played pretty well today until he went out. We had a couple of guys who got 30’s but unfortunately 30’s don’t win you anything as we proved again. He’s hitting the ball well and also bowled well in the Indian game so he’s had a good tournament so far.”

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