Having also top-scored in the match with 40, Marange was deservedly named the player of the match for her superb all-round performance.

Zimbabwe Women march on to Africa qualifier final

Zimbabwe Women – 108-6 in 20 overs (Precious Marange 40, Loreen Tshuma 22*, Ashley Ndiraya 13; Irene Alumo 2/13, Stephani Nampiina 2/22, Concy Aweko 1/15)

Uganda Women – 94 all out in 20 overs (Immaculate Nakisuuyi 18, Racheal Ntono 14, Prosscovia Alako 12*; Esther Mbofana 3/16, Tasmeen Granger 2/16, Precious Marange 1/8)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by 14 runs

 

Precious Marange starred with both bat and ball as Zimbabwe Women beat Uganda Women by 14 runs to make it into the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa in Botswana.

 

Zimbabwe Women won the toss and chose to bat but were soon under pressure as two quick wickets fell for just 10 runs.

 

Chiedza Dhururu, who scored three runs, was caught by Prosscovia Alako off the bowling of Ireen Alumo in the third over.

 

In the next over, Mary-Anne Musonda went out for a golden duck as Zimbabwe Women slumped to 10 for two.

 

Wickets continued to tumble, with few runs being put on the board as Uganda Women piled on the pressure.

 

Pellagia Mujaji, playing her first match of the tournament, was out for nine runs in the eighth over, with Stephani Nampiina claiming the wicket.

 

The same bowler was at it again in the 12th over, as she had Ashley Ndiraya caught for 13.

 

With pressure mounting to score runs, Josephine Nkomo was run out on 12 by Nampiina, leaving Zimbabwe Women reeling at 44 for five.

 

Precious Marange came in with clear intent to push the scoreboard and she hit an impressive 40, including three sixes and three fours, off 25 balls.

 

She was dismissed in the final over by Concy Aweko.

 

Loreen Tshuma remained standing with 22, while on the other end Nyasha Gwanzura, also playing her first match of the tournament, had one off one.

 

After 20 overs, Zimbabwe Women had amassed a total of 108 for six wickets.

 

In their chase, Uganda Women lost the wicket of Esther Iloku (4), caught by Esther Mbofana off Gwanzura’s bowling in the third over.

 

Zimbabwe Women struck again in the next over as Nkomo dismissed Rita Musamali, who was yet to score, leaving Uganda Women on 11 for two in the fourth over.

 

After Kevin Awino (8) was run out at 25, Uganda Women added 30 runs for the fourth wicket in five overs before Nakisuuyi (18) was bowled by Marange, with Loreen Tshuma completing the catch.

 

Three balls later, Tshuma trapped Nampiina lbw for a duck.

 

Tasmeen Granger then claimed the scalps of Rachel Ntono (14) and Janet Mbabazi (8), as Uganda slumped to 78 for seven in the 17th over.

 

Uganda Women needed 19 runs off the final over, but Mbofana took the two wickets of Evelyn Anyipo (2) and Concy Aweko (2) to finish with three wickets for 16 off her four overs.

 

Granger had two wickets for 16 runs off the three overs she bowled.

 

Marange was totally unplayable, recording 14 dot balls in her first three overs on her way to finishing with one wicket for eight runs off the four overs she bowled.

 

Having also top-scored in the match with 40, Marange was deservedly named the player of the match for her superb all-round performance.

Tshuma finished with the impressive figures of four wickets for 11 runs off her four overs, a performance that duly earned her the player of the match accolade.

Zimbabwe Women sail through to semi-final

Zimbabwe Women – 142-4 in 20 overs (Mary-Anne Musonda 34, Chiedza Dhururu 27, Ashley Ndiraya 24; Sifa Ingabire 2/29, Alice Ikuzwe 1/16, Belyse Murekatete 1/22)

Rwanda Women – 90-9 in 20 overs (Sarah Uwera 39, Henriette Ishimwe 11, Belyse Murekatete 7*; Loreen Tshuma 4/11, Nomvelo Sibanda 2/21, Loryn Phiri 1/16)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by 52 runs

 

Zimbabwe Women are through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa semi-finals after they defeated Rwanda Women by 52 runs in their final group match in Gaborone on Thursday to make it five wins in as many games.

 

They will now face Uganda Women in the last-four clash at the regional qualifying tournament in the Botswana capital on Friday.

 

In their final Group A encounter, Rwanda won the toss and sent Zimbabwe in to bat first.

 

Ashley Ndiraya and Chiedza Dhururu put up an opening partnership of 50 runs which was only broken in the ninth over when the latter was caught and bowled for 27 by Sifa Ingabire.

 

Ingabire struck again in the 11th over, bowling Ndiraya who was on 24 and reducing Zimbabwe to 67 for two.

 

With the two openers gone, the captain Mary-Anne Musonda and vice Josephine Nkomo then added 35 runs in a third-wicket stand that took the team total past 100 with nearly four overs to go.

 

At 102, Nkomo was dismissed for 15 after she was caught by Gisele Ishimwe off a delivery from Alice Ikuzwe.

 

With 18 runs more added to the total, Musonda was bowled for 34 off the first ball of the 18th over.

 

Zimbabwe however saw out the remaining deliveries without any further damage to close their innings on 142 for four in 20 overs.

 

Precious Marange, who hit two fours off the first two balls she faced, finished unbeaten on 16, while Tasmeen Granger was on 17 not out.

 

In their reply, Rwanda only had two batters with double figures despite having a solid start.

 

The first wicket fell after 7.4 overs when Gisele Ishimwe (11) was dismissed by Nomvelo Sibanda, with Granger completing the catch.

 

Off the very next ball, Sibanda sent Cathia Uwamahoro back to the change-room for a golden duck and Rwanda were now down to 22 for two.

 

Sarah Uwera and their captain Marie Bimenyimana however put up some resistance with a 35-run stand for the third wicket that lifted their total to 57.

 

The pair was parted in the 14th over, when Bimenyimana departed for seven, the bowler being Loreen Tshuma and Granger recording her third catch of the match.

 

In the 16th over, Tshuma accounted for the big wicket of Uwera who was sent packing for 39, having faced 55 balls.

 

The same bowler went on to claim the scalps of Flora Irakoze (5) and Henriette Ishimwe (0), while she was also involved in the run-out of Sifa Ingabire (5) as Rwanda could only muster a total of 90 for nine in their 20 overs, giving Zimbabwe a massive 52-run victory.

 

Tshuma finished with the impressive figures of four wickets for 11 runs off her four overs, a performance that duly earned her the player of the match accolade.

Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano

Injuries force Zimbabwe Women to replace two stars

Zimbabwe Women have made two injury-induced changes to their squad on the eve of the match against Rwanda Women at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa in Botswana.

 

Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano suffered a multiple-fracture injury to her left foot, while Christabel Chatonzwa picked up a right calf strain.

 

They will be travelling back home and will be replaced by Pelagia Mujaji and Nyasha Gwanzura.

 

Zimbabwe will face Rwanda in their final group game on Thursday.

 

With four wins in four games after beating Tanzania by six wickets, followed by a 10-wicket victory over Eswatini, an 82-run win over Botswana and a triumph over Mozambique by 171 runs, Zimbabwe lead Group A with eight points.

 

Zimbabwe Squad:

 

Mary-Anne Musonda (captain), Modester Mupachikwa, Josephine Nkomo, Ashley Ndiraya, Loryn Phiri, Nomvelo Sibanda, Precious Marange, Chiedza Dhururu, Tasmeen Granger, Audrey Mazvishaya, Esther Mbofana, Loreen Tshuma, Pelagia Mujaji, Nyasha Gwanzura

A former cricketer herself who played as a wicketkeeper at club level, she is also an award-winning sports journalist

ZC appoints Yvonne Mangunda as Women’s Cricket Brand Officer

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Yvonne Mangunda as a Women’s Cricket Brand Officer.

 

Her responsibilities will include pursuing commercial partnerships and promoting the brand and image of the women’s game.

 

She will also be responsible for liaising with the media and coordinating communication activities relating to women’s cricket.

 

Prior to joining ZC, Mangunda was the marketing and communications manager at Dynamos Football Club.

 

A former cricketer herself who played as a wicketkeeper at club level, she is also an award-winning sports journalist who made her name as a sportscaster with the commercial radio station Star FM.

 

Her appointment is expected to boost the growth, image and value of women’s cricket in Zimbabwe.

 

ZC extends a warm welcome to Mangunda and wishes her all the best in her new role.

The first four wickets were all trapped lbw by Mbofana, who went on to finish with figures of six for 11 off her four overs.

Mbofana stars with six-for as Zimbabwe Women rout Eswatini Women

Eswatini Women – 17 all out 9.2 overs (Ntombizini Gwebu 6, Ntombizonke Mkatshwa 2, Dumsile Dlamini 1; Esther Mbofana 6/11, Loryn Phiri 3/1, Nomvelo Sibanda 1/2)

Zimbabwe Women – 18-0 in 2 overs (Modester Mupachikwa 13*, Precious Marange 2*)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by 10 wickets

 

Esther Mbofana claimed a six-wicket haul as Zimbabwe Women routed Eswatini by 10 wickets in a lopsided group match at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa regional tournament in Botswana on Saturday.

 

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Eswatini were skittled for 17 in 9.2 overs, with only four of their batters getting runs.

 

Ntombizini Gwebu top-scored with six, Ntombizonke Mkatshwa made two, while Dumisile Dlamini and Tenele Malinga could only manage a single run each.

 

This means only 10 of Eswatini’s total runs came off the bat, while the rest were extras.

 

Remarkably, the first four wickets were all trapped lbw by Mbofana, who went on to finish with figures of six for 11 off her four overs.

 

Loryn Phiri joined in the party with three wickets for one run off the 1.2 overs she bowled, while Nomvelo Sibanda took one for two off two.

 

It then took Zimbabwe Women only two overs to chase down the target, as Modester Mupachikwa (13*) and Precious Marange (2*) completed the massive victory without any trouble.

 

In their next group match on Sunday, Zimbabwe Women will face Botswana Women.

Mbofana stars with six-for as Zimbabwe Women rout Eswatini Women

Eswatini Women – 17 all out 9.2 overs (Ntombizini Gwebu 6, Ntombizonke Mkatshwa 2, Dumsile Dlamini 1; Esther Mbofana 6/11, Loryn Phiri 3/1, Nomvelo Sibanda 1/2)

Zimbabwe Women – 18-0 in 2 overs (Modester Mupachikwa 13*, Precious Marange 2*)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by 10 wickets

 

Esther Mbofana claimed a six-wicket haul as Zimbabwe Women routed Eswatini by 10 wickets in a lopsided group match at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa regional tournament in Botswana on Saturday.

 

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Eswatini were skittled for 17 in 9.2 overs, with only four of their batters getting runs.

 

Ntombizini Gwebu top-scored with six, Ntombizonke Mkatshwa made two, while Dumisile Dlamini and Tenele Malinga could only manage a single run each.

 

This means only 10 of Eswatini’s total runs came off the bat, while the rest were extras.

 

Remarkably, the first four wickets were all trapped lbw by Mbofana, who went on to finish with figures of six for 11 off her four overs.

 

Loryn Phiri joined in the party with three wickets for one run off the 1.2 overs she bowled, while Nomvelo Sibanda took one for two off two.

 

It then took Zimbabwe Women only two overs to chase down the target, as Modester Mupachikwa (13*) and Precious Marange (2*) completed the massive victory without any trouble.

 

In their next group match on Sunday, Zimbabwe Women will face Botswana Women.

Mary-Anne Musonda played a true captain's innings with a fine unbeaten half-century

Musonda powers Zimbabwe Women to winning start

Tanzania Women – 103 all out in 19.4 overs (Monica Pascal 42, Saum Mtae 20, Nasra Saidi 6; Loryn Phiri 4/12, Nomvelo Sibanda 2/11, Audrey Mazvishaya 1/12)

Zimbabwe Women – 104-4 in 19 overs (Mary-Anne Musonda 52*, Modester Mupachikwa 42, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano 6; Nasra Saidi 2/9, Saum Mtae 1/10, Mwanaiddi Shakim 1/26)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by six wickets

 

Mary-Anne Musonda played a true captain’s innings with a fine unbeaten half-century that powered Zimbabwe Women to a six-wicket victory over Tanzania Women in their first match at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa regional tournament in Botswana on Friday.

 

She scored 52 not out, including five boundaries, off 45 deliveries as her side reached their target of 104 runs with six balls to spare.

 

Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat in this game played at the Botswana Cricket Association Oval 1 in Gaborone, with Fatuma Kibasu  and Saum Mtae opening their innings to the bowling of Nomvelo Sibanda and Josephine Nkomo.

 

In the third over, with 10 runs on the board, Sibanda struck as she had Kibasu (5) caught at the wicket by Chiedza Dhururu.

 

Mtae and Monica Pascal then strung up a 37-run stand for the second wicket which was only broken in the 11th over when Mtae was caught by Musonda off a delivery from Loryn Phiri to depart for 20.

 

Phiri was at it again in the 13th over, dismissing Hudaa Omary for two with a return catch that reduced Tanzania to 60 for three.

 

Yet Phiri was not done as yet: in her next over, she trapped Neema Pius lbw for two and off the very next delivery clean-bowled Mwanaiddi Shakim for a golden duck.

 

At 86 in the 17th over, Pascal’s resistance finally ended when she was dismissed by Nkomo, with Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano completing the catch, for 42 – she had faced 41 balls, with her impressive effort including three fours.

 

Audrey Mazvishaya, Precious Marange and Sibanda then wiped out the tail as Tanzania folded for 103 with two deliveries to go.

 

Phiri was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 12 runs off her four overs, while Sibanda claimed two scalps for 11 runs off 2.4 overs.

 

Zimbabwe opened their batting with the pair of Marange and Modester Mupachikwa, but the reply got off to false start when the former was given out lbw off the very first ball of the innings, the bowler being Nasra Saidi.

 

In the fifth over, they were down to nine for two after Saidi again bowled Mugeri-Tiripano for six.

 

However, Mupachikwa and Musonda steadily got the chase back on track with an 80-run partnership for the third wicket that was broken when Mupachikwa departed for 42, with three fours, in the 18th over.

 

Mupachikwa’s departure, having faced 54 balls, left Zimbabwe needing 15 runs from the remaining 16 deliveries.

 

Off the first ball of the 19th over, Nkomo was sent back to the change-room without getting off the mark.

 

But Musonda remained unfazed, scoring nine runs in the same over to reach her brilliant fifty and in the process taking her side across the line.

 

Zimbabwe and Tanzania are in Group A together with the hosts Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique and Rwanda.

 

Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda make up Group B.

 

Only the winners of the 11-team regional competition will progress to the global qualifying contest for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 proper set to be played in South Africa.

 

Next up, Zimbabwe will face Eswatini, Botswana, Mozambique and Rwanda in the other group matches scheduled for 11, 12, 13 and 16 September respectively.

 

The semi-finals involving the top two teams from each group are set for 17 September, with the third-place playoff and final pencilled in for 19 September.

Zimbabwe’s 14-member squad that is in Botswana for the tournament is led by the captain Mary-Anne Musonda, with Adam Chifo in charge as the head coach.

Zimbabwe face Tanzania in women’s qualifier opener

Zimbabwe Women will get their campaign at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa 2021 tournament underway this Friday when they face Tanzania in Gaborone.

 

The two sides are in Group A together with the hosts Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique and Rwanda.

 

Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda make up Group B.

 

Only the winners of the 11-team regional competition will progress to the global qualifying contest for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 proper set to be played in South Africa.

 

After facing Tanzania this Friday, Zimbabwe will then play Eswatini, Botswana, Mozambique and Rwanda in the other group matches scheduled for 11, 12, 13 and 16 September respectively.

 

The semi-finals involving the top two teams from each group are set for 17 September, with the third-place playoff and final pencilled in for 19 September.

 

Zimbabwe’s 14-member squad that is in Botswana for the tournament is led by the captain Mary-Anne Musonda, with Adam Chifo in charge as the head coach.

 

Zimbabwe Women Squad:

 

Mary-Anne Musonda (captain), Christabel Chatonzwa, Chiedza Dhururu, Tasmeen Granger, Precious Marange, Audrey Mazvishaya, Esther Mbofana, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Modester Mupachikwa, Ashley Ndiraya, Josephine Nkomo, Loryn Phiri, Nomvelo Sibanda, Loreen Tshuma

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani

Zimbabwe Cricket holds virtual AGM

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) held its annual general meeting (AGM) virtually on Thursday, due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

 

During the AGM, the delegates adopted the audited financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2020.

 

The accounts for the period under review were audited, for the first time, by the world’s leading audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and once again ZC received a clean audit opinion.

 

ZC Chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani welcomed the report and congratulated the organisation for attaining the clean audit.

 

“Congratulations for a job well done. To get a clean audit from PwC is a great achievement,” he told delegates to the AGM.

 

Reflecting on the 2020/21 season, Mr Mukuhlani said he was proud of the way in which ZC had, in the face of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, managed to successfully host both international and domestic cricket tournaments.

 

“The 2020/21 season did not start out like any of us planned and it was hard on us as a sport and our people, who have a genuine love for our game and what it means to Zimbabwe,” he noted in the chairman’s report for the period under review.

 

“With COVID-19 still wreaking havoc across the globe, our work was clearly cut out from the onset.

 

“On the one hand, we totally understood and supported the pandemic lockdown restrictions, including bans on sporting activities, imposed by the Government in a bid to curb the spread of the virus, while on the other we were desperate to maintain ZC’s viability and, more importantly, to save the game itself from going under.”

 

Mr Mukuhlani noted that ZC became the first sporting organisation in Zimbabwe to implement the bio-secure bubble concept.

 

“With that in place . . . the 2020/21 season saw us successfully hosting all our major domestic competitions as well as incoming tours by the Pakistan Senior Women’s National Team, Pakistan Senior Men’s National Team, South Africa Emerging Women’s Team and South Africa ‘A’ Team, while the Zimbabwe Senior Men’s National Team toured Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

 

“It is important to note that with over 2 500 PCR tests carried out, no positive COVID-19 cases were reported within our bio-secure bubbles during the period under review.

 

“To this end, I would like to thank all those across the system for the commitment and dedication you have shown to keeping our game alive and well in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

 

“Allow me to also place on record my appreciation for the incredible support and guidance that we received from the Government and the Sports and Recreation Commission.”

 

Delegates to the online AGM included members of the ZC Board of Directors and representatives of all the 10 provinces affiliated to the organisation.

Nomvelo Sibanda however showed nerves of steel to hit a boundary that sealed victory for Zimbabwe Women with three balls to spare.

Zimbabwe Women squeeze home against Thailand Women

Thailand Women – 104-4 in 20 overs (Nannapat Koncharoenkai 62*, Chanida Sutthiruang 33*, Natthakan Chantham 6; Christabel Chatonzwa 2/18, Josephine Nkomo 1/17, Audrey Mazvishaya 1/24)

Zimbabwe Women – 107-9 in 19.3 overs (Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano 30, Modester Mupachikwa 29, Chiedza Dhururu 15; Onnicha Kamchomphu 3/18, Nattaya Boochatham 3/18, Suleeporn Laomi 2/22)

 

Zimbabwe Women won by one wicket

 

Zimbabwe Women hung on like they would for dear life, squeezing home by one wicket in a thrilling finish to their first T20I against Thailand Women at Takashinga on Friday.

 

The match could have gone either way, with the home side requiring two runs and the hosts needing a wicket off the final over.

 

Nomvelo Sibanda however showed nerves of steel to hit a boundary that sealed victory for Zimbabwe Women with three balls to spare.

 

Perhaps the match would not have been that close had the hosts not suffered an alarming collapse, sliding from a commanding position of 72 for two in the 13th over to 80 for eight within the next four overs.

 

After being put in to bat first, Thailand Women were in all sorts of trouble by the ninth over, four wickets down with only 29 runs on the board.

 

However, Nannapat Koncharoenkai and Chanida Sutthiruang combined well to repair the damage as they shared an unbeaten 75-run stand to close their innings at 104 for four.

 

Koncharoenkai hit nine boundaries on her way to 62 not out, having faced 53 deliveries.

 

On the other end, Sutthiruang remained standing with 33, a 37-ball effort that included two fours.

 

Christabel Chatonzwa finished with two wickets, while Josephine Nkomo and Audrey Mazvishaya claimed one apiece.

 

Zimbabwe Women’s chase got off to a shaky start, with Ashley Ndiraya getting trapped lbw in in the first over before she could get off the mark.

 

They were soon back on track though, with Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano and Modester Mupachikwa contributing 30 and 29 respectively to swing the pendulum in the home side’s favour.

 

The dismissal of the two however signalled the beginning of a wobble, with the captain Mary Anne-Musonda (8), Precious Marange (1), Josephine Nkomo (3), Loryn Phiri (0) and Chatonzwa (1) falling in quick succession to leave Zimbabwe Women reeling at 80 for eight after 16.1 overs.

 

But Chiedza Dhururu chipped in with a valuable 15 to keep them in the game together with Sibanda, who finished with 11 not out as the team crossed the line with three balls remaining.

 

Zimbabwe Women and Thailand Women will face off again in the second T20I scheduled for the same venue on Saturday.