National women cricket team lose to Zimbabwe in ICC T20 Qualifiers    

08May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
National women cricket team lose to Zimbabwe in ICC T20 Qualifiers    

SENIOR national women cricket team has experienced a frustrating start to their campaign in this year’s ICC Women’s T20 Qualifiers, Africa, given they suffered a 92-run loss to hosts, Zimbabwe, at the Old Hararians Sports Club venue in Harare on Monday.

Tanzania’s women cricket squad’s players in a group picture with coaches, Riziki Kiseto and Hamisi Abdallah prior to the start of this year’s ICC Women’s T20 Qualifiers, Africa in Zimbabwe early this week.

After winning the toss, Zimbabwe girls elected to bat in the Group A match and went on to register 143 runs for four wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

A 50-ball 65 by opener, Shame Mayers, which consisted of two sixes and eight boundaries, helped Zimbabwe stay in control of the innings, with fellow opener, Modester Mupachikwa, chipping in handsomely with 30 runs that consisted of two boundaries.

Mary-Anne Musonda and Mugeri recorded 19 runs and 15 runs respectively for the team.

Experienced all-rounder, Monica Paschal had the best bowling spell for the Tanzania women team, given she took two wickets and conceded 20 runs ion two overs.

The rest of the team’s bowlers did little to prevent the opponents from recording a convincing score.

Needing 144 runs to win, the senior national women team was though less impressive with the bat, given the squad managed 51 runs for eight wickets to concede the loss.

Gertrude Leopold and Tabu Omary were the batters with meaningful performance, in the innings, posting unbeaten 16 runs and 10 runs respectively.  Zinaida Kelvin chipped in with unbeaten eight runs.

Anesu Mushangwe, Tasmeen Granger and Audrey Mazvishaya successfully foiled Tanzania’s chase, as they took two wickets each for the hosts.

Participating squads have been put into groups A and B. Mozambique, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe make Group A and Group B has brought together Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Namibia.

The tournament is looking to build on an excellent run of African qualifying events of late.

The competitions include a dramatic Under-19 tournament in Namibia, as well as the rapidly approaching Men’s T20 World Cup, Africa Finals tournament in Uganda later this month.

Uganda female cricketers are the defending champions for the women's tournament, having memorably held off Zimbabwe in Windhoek two years ago.

The hosts will be out to settle that score, and also to do well in front of their home supporters.

As women's cricket continues to flourish in Africa, it is tournaments of this nature that will ensure that the game thrives even further, and this is thus an important week for the region.

The group winners at the end of the week will contest the final, where the winner will seal passage to the Global Qualifiers.

The competition’s champions will secure a place in both ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2020.

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