Tanzania national women cricket open their International Cricket Council’s World Cup qualifier duel against Zimbabwe in the Twenty20 match to be played at the Annadil Burhani venue in Dar es Salaam today.
The match will be the first at the venue as later on Kenya will play against Uganda to wind up the morning session of the tournament’s day two at the University of Dar es Salaam.
There will also be two matches to be played at the same venues later in the afternoon.
While South Africa play Uganda at the Annadil Burhani, Tanzania will be back in action against Namibia at the University of Dar es Salaam venue in the afternoon.
The tournament got underway yesterday where Annadil Burhani and University of Dar es Salaam venues hosted two matches, one each in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
The tournament started badly as a result of rain interruption when South Africa and Zimbabwe had to share points equally.
Same was the match between Kenya and Namibia played at the University of Dar es Salaam venue.
Rain forced the organizers to shorten the matches to a D-Lewis scores computation system for all of the afternoon matches.
At Annadil Burhani venue, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat to score 115 at the loss of three wickets in 20 overs. Liezel Lee scored 21 runs and Yolando Potgieter 21.
The top scorer for South Africa was Thandile Savanna Cordes with unbeaten 51 runs.
At University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) venue, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat against Namibia.
They posted a total of 107 for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Their top scorer was their captain Emily Ruto with 37 runs in 33 balls not out.
For Namibia, the top striking bowler was Maryke Short with figures of 2 for 25.
Rain stopped play after the 1st innings and eventually the match was called off and points shared.
The tournament continues tomorrow with four matches, two each at every venue of Annadil and University of Dar es Salaam.
Tomorrow, South Africa takes on Kenya at the Annadil Burhani venue in the morning session that will also see Zimbabwe play Uganda at the University.
Tanzania meet South Africa at the University venue while Kenya and will be clashing against Zimbabwe at the Annadil.
One of the organisers of the tournament Kazim Nasser from the Tanzania Cricket Association says the end of the year rains have distorted smooth running of the tourney.
However, the tournament goes on as planned and washed out matches will have to be shared by the teams in terms of points.
The venues have been wet and slow as batswomen have to hit hard the ball to score runs for boundaries. The ball has also been slippery for those fielders who attempts catches and fast bowlers.