Uganda fall to Zim­babwe to end qual­i­fi­ca­tion hopes

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Zim­babwe 161/2 Uganda 102/6 (Zim win by 59 runs)

THE Lady Cricket Cranes were stopped in their tracks from di­rectly pro­gress­ing to the ICC Africa Women’s World Cup Qual­i­fiers fol­low­ing a 59-run loss to favourites Zim­babwe yes­ter­day at the Wan­der­ers Oval.

The loss comes against the back­drop of a per­fect start to the cam­paign where they won three in three against Namibia, Tan­za­nia and Kenya.

Zim­babwe’s Chipo Mugeri, bat­ting at num­ber three, proved a thorn in Uganda’s side, hit­ting an un­beaten 56 runs from 36 balls as they posted 161 in 20 overs bat­ting first.

Kevin Awino and com­pany stum­bled chas­ing a tar­get of 162, with open­ers Rachael Ntono and Sai­dat Kemigisha com­bin­ing for 32 runs be­fore the for­mer­was caught on 12, deny­ing Uganda a solid foun­da­tion from which to build the chase.

Ever­green Gertrude Chandiru posted a team high 26 runs off 31 balls as Uganda fell way short of the tar­get.

Loreen Tshuma picked two wick­ets for Zim­babwe, who have dom­i­nated this event in re­cent years. They fin­ish the round robin phase top of the ta­ble with 8 points, two above sec­ond-placed Uganda.

Uganda’s fate will be de­ter­mined to­mor­row when they face Kenya in the play-off be­tween sec­ond and third team where the win­ner faces Zim­babwe in Satur­day’s fi­nal.

Zim­babwe had ear­lier beaten Kenya by 45 runs to lead the group on net run rate on Tues­day.

Zim­babwe posted a for­mi­da­ble 139/3 off their 20 overs, while Kenya could only muster 94/9 in re­ply.

Kenya won the toss and elected to field, but were pun­ished as Zim­babwe got off to a solid start.

Open­ers Ash­ley Ndi­raya and Modester Mu­pachikwa at­tacked Kenya’s bowl­ing from the start, as they shared an open­ing stand of 45 runs be­fore Ndi­raya was out for 24 off 25 balls (3x4).

Chipo Mugeri con­tin­ued her fine form with an­other su­perb knock as she shared a 70-run sec­ond wicket part­ner­ship with Ndi­raya.

Mu­pachikwa was even­tu­ally out for 35 off 40 balls, with the to­tal on 115, but Mugeri con­tin­ued the on­slaught be­fore she was dis­missed off the last ball of the in­nings for 59, which came off 48 balls and in­cluded five fours.

In Kenya’s in­nings, Zim­babwe got an early break­through when Josephine Nkomo trapped Mary Mwangi LBW for a duck in the first over, and things got worse when Es­ther Wachira was also out for a duck with only one run on the score­board.

Veron­ica Abuga re­vived Kenya’s in­nings with a valiant knock, but Zim­babwe struck with three wick­ets in six balls. Spin­ner Pre­cious Marange dis­missed Sil­via Kinyua (9) and Queen­tor Abel (0), and when Tas­meen Granger dis­missed Mar­garet Ngoche for a duck, the game was ef­fec­tively over with Kenya at 53/5.

Abuga soon fol­lowed for a top score of 35 off 37 balls (6x4), while Sarah We­toto added 10 and Ruth Achando 14 fur­ther down the or­der as Kenya were re­stricted to 94 for nine wick­ets to hand Zim­babwe a com­fort­able vic­tory. — On­line.

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