Just five runs made a huge difference as Tanzania national women cricket team missed the ICC Twenty20 qualifier berth for the inaugural World cup championship to be hosted by Ireland next European summer.
Tanzania hosted the qualifier series for African region whose round robin matches kicked off last weekend with six teams competing.
Only two countries from the continent were required to represent the continent at the tournament in Dublin.
South Africa had already qualified and the rest of the five teams that included Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Namibia competed in the qualifying series.
South Africa were competing for the title which they won and Zimbabwe grabbed the second slot for the Ireland World cup championship after beating the rest of the teams save South Africa.
The Tanzania Cricket Association, TCA. officials Zulfikar Rhemtula and Kazim Nasser were left ruing for the Tanzania team's narrow loss to Zimbabwe during the qualifier series.
During the match Zimbabwe batted first to set up a formidable target and the Tanzanians chased it only to miss by five runs.
The defeat was enough to open a huge room for Zimbabwe to go ahead in Ireland and representing the continent as second best country.
However, Nasser and Rhemtula still said the Dar es Salaam women played well during the tournament losing only to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The TCA officials said had the Tanzania team played the way they defeated Kenya during the qualifier’s last match yesterday, the team would have won the berth to the World Cup.
“We left it too late as the victory over Zimbabwe was so crucial in sending us through to the inaugural World cup for the Twenty20 version of the cricket game’, said Nasser.
During yesterday’s match against Kenya, the visitors won the toss and elected to bat to set up a low target of 47 runs for five wickets in reduced eight overs.
Kenya’s highest scorer was S, Bhakita who blasted home 23 runs in 27 balls she faced before she was halted by Jessica Mawole off Fatuma Kibusa’s bowling.
M. Adhiambo was Kenya’s second best score for her eleven runs contribution in nine balls only to be halted by Monica Paschal’s ferocious bowling.
The fall of wicket were in the pattern of 1-0, 2-2, 3-29, 4-44 and 5-45.
Wicket takers for the Tanzania team were Mwanaidi Ibrahim 1/8, Fatuma Kibusa 2/8, Monica Paschal 1/10.
When the Tanzanian tem were called to bat, skipper Monica Paschal fired all barrels ablaze with scintillating 23 runs in 27 balls she faced before E. Ruto caught her off B. Masca’s bowling.
Hadija Nassibu had unbeaten 17 runs in 19 balls she faced to stead up the Tanzanian ship on the way to victory. Mwanaidi Ibrahim scored unbeaten five runs in four balls she faced and additional five runs were as a result of extras conceded by the Kenyan fielders.
In another match played at the University of Dar es Salaam in reduced overs format, Zimbabwe won the toss to go ahead with bowling as Namibia posted 43 runs losing seven wickets in the reduced 15 overs format.
H. Andrew managed seven runs in 24 balls she faced as 16 runs were achieved through extras thanks to misfielding of Zimbabwean bowlers.
It was an easy target for the Zimbabweans as they scored 44 courtesy of the Ashley sisters to confirm their qualification bid for the World cup championship in Ireland.