Zimbabwe's poor campaign at the Women's World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh finally came to an end this morning, with yet another loss, this time to Japan in the 9th-Place playoff match. Japan scored 152 from their innings, with captain Kuribayashi (47) and Yamamoto (38) accounting for most of their score - only one other Japanese player reached double figures - but that still proved too much for Zimbabwe to chase. A mid-innings collapse, from 80/3 to 105/7, put the pressure on Zimbabwe, who were never quite able to recover, and finished their 50 overs still 7 runs short of victory. Full scorecard below the cut.
Japan 152 (49.5 overs; Kuribayashi 47, Charumbira 2/10), Zimbabwe 146/8 (50 overs; Mupachikwa 32, Nakayama 1/15). Japan win by 6 runs.
Zimbabwe finished off the group stage of the Womens' World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh with yet another loss, this time a thumping 10-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa. Zimbabwe posted 103/8 during a rather sedate innings, at a rate of just over 2/over; South Africa, scoring at nearly 9/over, took only 12 overs to reach the target, for the loss of no wickets. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe now go on to face Japan in the 9th-place playoff om 22 November (Tuesday).
Zimbabwe 103/8 (50 overs; Ndiraya 22, Loubser 5/9), South Africa 106/0 (12 overs; Fritz 69*, Chetty 25*). South Africa win by 10 wickets.
If there was a match that Zimbabwe Women should have won in the World Cup Qualifiers campaign, this was it, but fellow Group A minnows USA stood up when it counted and hung on for a 1-run win. After USA set a target of 189 for Zimbabwe to chase, Zim got off to a slow start in reply, not helped by the loss of regular wickets. Captain Sharne Mayers' 19 off 15 balls added some impetus, but a late collapse finished off Zimbabwe's chances, as they fell agonisingly short of the target. Full scorecard below the cut.
USA 188/8 (50 overs; Bhaskar 72, Saili 2/24), Zimbabwe 187 (48.5 overs; Chatonzwa 28*, Marshall 3/34). USA win by 1 run.
Zimbabwe's women were on the receiving end of another drubbing in Bangladesh this morning, this time at the hands of Sri Lanka. Put in to bat after Sri Lanka won the toss, Zimbabwe managed to post just 92 in a very slow 41-over knock, a target that Sri Lanka chased down in just just 11 overs. Full scorecard below the cut. The side are back in action again tomorrow, with a bottom-of-the-group clash against USA.
Zimbabwe 62 (41.4 overs; Nyathi 18, Seneviratna 5/15), Sri Lanka 64/3 (10.5 overs; Mendis 35*, Saili 3/19). Sri Lanka win by 7 wickets.
Zimbabwe's women were on the receiving end of a comprehensive defeat by the Dutch, in their first game of the Women's World Cup Qualifiers in Bangladesh. Batting first, Zimbabwe posted 145, but this proved to be nowhere near enough ar the Dutch powered their way to the target in less than 26 overs and for the loss of 4 wickets (2 of them run-outs). That leaves Zimbabwe bottom of Group A ahead of their next match, against Sri Lanka on the 17th (Thursday). Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 145 (50 overs; Nyathi 29, Lanser 2/17), Netherlands 148/4 (25.3 overs; Veringmeier 56, Mazvishaya 1/22). Netherlands win by 6 wickets.
At least the Women's World Cup still deserves the name. ZC have named a provisional 20-member squad for the qualifying tournament, which will take place in Bangladesh in November, with South Africa and Zimbabwe being the sole African representatives. The squad was chosen after the completing of the women's inter-provincial competition, which took place in Harare last week. The squad is:
Julia Chibhabha, Precious Marange, Sharye Saili, Monalisa Chimutashu, Audrey Mazvishaya (Mashonaland Eagles); Sharne Meyers, Tazmeen Granger, Noreen Tshuma (Matebeleland Tuskers); Ashly Ndiraya, Thandolwenkosi Mlilo, Christabel Chatonzwa, Nyasha Guzeni, Sarah Dambanevana (Midwest Rhinos); Ashly Burdett, Nonhlanhla Nyathi, Sinikiwe Mpofu, Ruvarashe Chinyemba, Privilege Charumbira (Southern Rocks); Chipo Mugeri, Pelagia Mujaja (Mountaineers)
ZC's inter-provincial women's tournament is currently taking place in Harare, with matches being played at both Old Hararians and Sunrise sports clubs, and so far Southern Rocks are top of the heap. Here are the results so far:
Rhinos v Tuskers: Rhinos won by 6 wickets. Ndiraya 20*, Mlilo 16*, Nkomo 4-0-11-3
Rock v Mountaineers: Rocks won by 84 runs. Mpofu 6-1-6-4, Nyathi 29, Kudzibatira 26
Mountaineers v Rhinos: Mountaineers 23 runs. Mujaji 9-2-32-4, Mugeri 21, Ganyaupfu 14
Eagles v Rocks: Rocks won by 34 runs. Chinyemba 32, Mpofu 5-1-12-4
Rocks v Tuskers: Rocks won by 51 runs. Tshuma 10-1-24-7, Nyathi 12, Burdette 9-3-11-6
Mountaineers v Eagles: Mountaineers won 49 runs. Chimutashu 10-5-9-4, Mujaji 9.5-3-13-6
Rhino v Rocks: Rocks won by 15 runs. Mlilo 53, Nkomo 36, Chinyemba 57
Eagles v Tuskers: Eagles won by 60 runs. Jinjika 27*, Mupachikwa 19, Magariadzo 5.1-1-11-5
Zimbabwe's women met South Africa for the second time in a week on Sunday, in the final of the Africa Zone Qualifiers for the Women's World Cup, and after having lost by 8 wickets last time around, Zimbabwe found themselves on the receiving end of an even more convincing victory by the South Africans that served to highlight the huge gap between South Africa and the rest of the continent in this competition - Zimbabwe are by quite some distance the #2 side in Africa, and yet weren't able to even come close to their southern neighbours.
Batting first, South Africa posted a massive 314/4 from their 50 overs, with an unbeaten 132 from Dane van Niekerk leading their charge while Shandre Fritz added 82 of her own - between them, the pair's opening partnership put on 155 runs before Zimbabwe were able to make a breakthrough, with Fritz caught & bowled by Sharne Mayers. It didn't get much better for Zim from there, either, as their bowling had great trouble making any inroads against the South African lineup.
There were no such problems when the roles were reversed, either, as Zimbabwe were skittled for a platry 33 in 20 overs. "Extras", with 9, was the largest contribution to the Zimbabwe scorecard, Chipo Mugeri's 8 being the best batsman, as Zimbabwe fell to a massive 281-run loss. On the one hand the result doesn't really matter, with Zimbabwe having already qualified for the next qualifying round (to be held in Bangladesh in November 2011), but South Africa's margin of victory can only highlight just how much work Zimbabwe need to do if they're to have any chance of making it through the next round to the World Cup itself. Full scorecard below the cut.
South Africa 314/4 (50 overs; van Niekerk 132*, Mpofu 1/55), Zimbabwe 33 (20 overs; Mugeri 8, Loubser 5/7). South Africa Women win by 281 runs.
Zimbabwe Women scored a 91-win run over Tanzania in their final group match against Tanzania on Saturday, securing their place in the tournament final. Zimbabwe set a target of 167 for Tanzania to chase, with Sharne Maters (47*) and Ashley Ndiraya (43) doing most of the work; Zena Hassan took 4/30 for Tanzania. In reply, though, Tanzania never got close, bowled out for 76 in the 42nd over, with Precious Marange leading Zim's bowling with 4/10. The win left Zimbabwe level on points with Kenya after the final group round, but with a significantly better Net Run Rate. Zimbabwe now meet South Africa again in the final on Sunday, while the 3rd-place playoff will be between Kenya and Uganda. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 167/9 (50 overs; Mayers 47*, Saidi 4/30), Tanzania 76 (41.2 overs; Mawole 14, Marange 4/10). Zimbabwe Women win by 91 runs.
Kenya's women score and unexpected win over Zimbabwe in the 3rd round of group matches, beating Zim by 38 runs. Batting first, Kenya posted 149 before being bowled out in the 49th over, a score helped in no small part by the 42 extras thaat Zimbabwe's bowlers conceded - making Zim Kenya's "top scorer" by quite some margin. The best Kenyan with the bat was Sarah Bhakita, on 27, while Sinikiwe Mpofu took 3/23. In reply, though Zimbabwe only managed 111, with four of the Kenya bowlers combining in a team effort to take all 10 wickets, including 3 apiece for Bhakita and Belinda Maska. Full scorecard below the cut.
Kenya 149 (48.2 overs; Bhakita 27, Mpofu 3/15), Zimbabwe 111 (40 overs; Mpofu 21, Bhakita 3/23). Kenya Women win by 38 runs.