Dazzling start to qualifying for the T20
Africa’s qualifiers for the Twenty20 Women’s World Cup continued in Botswana, with eleven teams vying for an automatic spot in the International Cricket Council’s T20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers next year.
A number of headline-grabbing performances lit up the first three days of competition, with a number of teams showing off their tournament league titles well ahead of the September 19 final.
Botswana, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique and eSwatini.
Playing in their first ICC event, Botswana wasted no time showing off their skills, posting a sinister 224/2 of their 20 overs against fellow debutants eSwatini. Olebogeng Batisani’s 77 of 66 balls set up innings for the hosts of the tournament, Shameelah Mosweu hitting ten limits in a 56 (31) stroke.
Supporting his teammates, Botsogo Mpedi won 3/1 in a three-way spell, as six of Botswana’s bowlers claimed wickets.
Botswana sidelined Mozambique in their second game but faced other table champions Zimbabwe in the toughest test of their campaign.
The Zimbabweans are also unbeaten in their two matches, but were pushed by Tanzania in a nervous 104 chase. Nasra Saidi’s 2/9 over three overs shook the Zimbabwe camp, although the 52 * in the Captain Mary-Anne Musonda on 45 balls saved the day. to take down the target with six bullets to spare.
Not to be outdone by the gigantic total of Botswana on the first day, Tanzania posted an emphatic 228/4 against Mozambique, with 87 * (48) of Mwanaidi Swedy supporting the 62 of Fatuma Kibasu at the opening of the round. bat. On the bowling side, Pierce Kamunya finished with 3/6 in four overs to lead a strong team display.
Elsewhere in the group, Rwanda won ten wickets against Mozambique.
Namibia, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon and Sierra Leone
The heavyweights of the group, Namibia and Uganda, faced each other in the group opener, and the flagship game was delivered, until the last ball.
Rolled up 1/2 after the wickets for Ugandans Irene Alumo and Concy Aweko, a 46-race partnership of Yasmeen Khan (25) and Kayleen Green (54 *) got things going, with skipper Irene van Zyl backing Green for Namibia to reach triple digits.
Leaving their rivals off the hook, Uganda fell behind in the match after the first wickets of Racheal Ntono (1) at Wilka Mwatile and young Prosscovia Alako at an exhausted Sune Wittmann. Wittmann then continued Namibia’s charge with the ball, winning 2/11, with his second finish at the end of the 19th, tipping the game in Namibia’s favor. Uganda lost four points, putting Namibia in pole position for the remainder of the group stage.
Namibia took advantage of a head start with a victory over Nigeria, who tasted their own victory over Sierra Leone.
Five bowlers claimed wickets as they limited Sierra Leone to 102/9, including Joy Efosa, who also appeared in the middle with the bat as the Nigerians returned home in a five-wicket victory.
Cameroon will begin their campaign when competition continues today, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.
The two finalists will compete for the sole qualifying place for the Global Qualifier 2022 next Sunday. – CCI