Singapore's chances in this T20 Qualifier were already long due to the absence from their squad of Tim David due to comittments with Lancashire in the T20 Blast. They are looking even more distant after a thumping defeat at the hands of hosts Zimbabwe today in Bulawayo.

Put into bat, the home side had a quick opening partnership of 54 in 22 balls from Regis Chakabva and Craig Ervine, the partnership ending when the latter was caught behind having made 34 from 16 balls.

Craig Ervine was run out for 24 shortly afterwards with Wessley Madhevere dismissed for just two from the last ball of the powerplay. His dismissal brought Sikandar Raza to the crease and he and Sean Williams set about savaging the Singapore attack all around the ground.

By the time Williams was out for 53 (from 35 balls) in the 16th over, the pair had contributed 103 runs in just under 10 overs. The runs kept coming from Raza and he finished the innings unbeaten on 87 from 40 balls as his team racked up 236-5 from their 20 overs.

Singapore barely made an attempt to chase down their target, batting out their 20 overs and scoring 125-7. Janak Prakash was their top scorer with an unbeaten 32, whilst Tendai Chatara took 3-14 for the hosts.

Zimbabwe play Jersey tomorrow morning, whilst Singapore will look to bounce back when they take on the USA.