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By the bootstraps: Handmade shoes an unlikely global hit

In a tiny factory producing handmade boots and shoes in southwestern Zimbabwe, leather cutter Misheck Sibanda is on another hectic shift as he tries to keep up with soaring global demand. Orders are piling in and new workers are being recruited at the Courteney boot company -- that seems to defy all the odds as Zimbabwe is battered by decades of economic misery. Founded in 1993, the firm has recently ramped up production to just 30 pairs a day, all of them made meticulously by 14 employees in a one-room…

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

BULAWAYO: Pakistan continued their dominance with both bat and ball to win the second of five one-day internationals against Zimbabwe by nine wickets. Opener Fakhar Zaman eased to his second ODI century, finishing with a career best 117 not out, to seal a win that had been set up by Pakistan’s seam attack, who bowled Zimbabwe out for 194. Usman Khan took four wickets and Hasan Ali chipped in with 3 for 32 to bowl the hosts out, Pakistan’s top order batsmen then capping a commanding performance. Zimbabwe won the toss…

Sri Lanka edge West Indies despite Lewis ton

BULAWAYO: West Indian batsman Evin Lewis struck his maiden one-day international hundred but a series of run-outs helped Sri Lanka to secure a one-run victory at Queens Sports Club on Wednesday and advance to the triangular series final. Playing just his fourth ODI, Lewis struck a superb 148 from just 122 balls as the West Indies went in pursuit of Sri Lanka’s 330 for seven, but lost two partners to direct hits and was then run out in a mix-up with his captain Jason Holder. Although Holder kept the chase on track with…