Sunday, June 16, 2024

Zimbabwe win girls’ tournament

Botswana played second best as Zimbabwe was crowned winners of this year’s Botswana Cricket Association (BCA)’s annual four Nations Girls’ tournament.

The Zimbabwean girls beat their Botswana counterparts by 111 runs in the deciding game of the tournament on Sunday to clinching their debut tournament championship. Having been roped in after Swaziland had pulled out, Zimbabwean girls posted astounding results as they bowled out and out batted all their opponents on their way to winning the tournament.

Despite both Botswana and Zimbabwe having gone into the final day undefeated, the signs were ominous for Botswana that they will face an uphill battle in their final game given the way Zimbabwe had obliterated all their opponents.
The Zimbabwean girls set the marker as early as their first game on Friday as they beat Namibia by 225 runs.

Batting first, the Zimbabweans posted an overwhelming 321 runs for the loss of two wickets, largely thanks to the brilliance of Chipo Mugeri and Josephine Nkomo.

The duo reached a century of runs each with Mugeri finishing with 132 runs off 113 balls while Nkomo hit 107 off 103 balls.
Zimbabwe then restricted Namibia to a mere 96 runs all out in just over 31 overs to send a strong message to their competitors.

The Zimbabweans continued their fierce form in the second day as they strolled to an easy 10 wickets win over Mozambique.
Having won the toss and sent Mozambique to bat first, the Zimbabweans needed only 20 overs to bowl out their opponents for a mere 65 runs before scoring the needed 66 runs to win the game in less than 9 overs.

While Botswana managed to fend off both Mozambique and Namibia in their first two games to set up a fight for tournament championship with the Zimbabweans, the locals were not as emphatic at their Zimbabwean rivals.

Botswana started the tournament well beating Mozambique by 5 wickets before beating Namibia by 6 wickets in their second game of the tournament.

The wins by both teams meant the two will battle it out on the final day to decide who will be crowned the BCA Four Nations Tournament champion for 2014. Unlike in their first matches when they had it easy, the Zimbabweans had it all to fight for in the final day as Botswana gave them a scare.

Having won the toss and selected to bat first, the Zimbabweans were bowled all out for a lowly 177 runs in 34 overs, leaving Botswana needing only 178 runs to win in 40 overs. Things were however not so simple for Botswana as they then succumbed to Zimbabwe in just 27 overs.

Against the tough Zimbabwean bowlers, none of the Botswana bowlers reached double digit runs, with Batisani being the pick of Botswana bowlers with a mere 9 runs. Zimbabwe’s dominance also transcended into the individual awards as they won three out of five awards on offer.

The team’s trio of Ellen Tshuma, Mugeri and Nkomo won awards for Best Wicketkeeper, Best Batter and Player of the Tournament respectively. The BCA Four Nations Tournament, which was held at the BCA Oval, came to an end this past Sunday.


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