Zimbabwe bowls Namibia over

28 January 2019 | Sports

Namibia suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in a Namib Desert Women’s T20 Challenge competition.

It was the first time the harbour town hosted a women’s international cricket tournament, an event which contributed towards the international T20 rankings introduced late in 2018.

The two sides played five matches at the Sparta club grounds in Walvis Bay, with the Zimbabweans clinching the series 5 - 0.

On the first day the visitors defeated Namibia by six wickets. Josephine Nkomo took 3 wickets for 12 runs in 4 overs and was named player of the match.

The Zimbabweans followed up their first victory with an eight-wicket win on day two and a 57-run victory on day three.

On day two Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl. Opening batsman Adri van der Merwe scored 37 runs of 58 balls not out for Namibia. Chico Mugeri Tiripano from Zimbabwe who scored 31 runs of 23 not out was named player of the match.

On day three Namibia won the toss and elected to bowl. Zimbabwe scored 138 for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. Namibia managed 79 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Mary-Anne Musona, with 60 runs from 49 balls, was named player of the match.

On day four the visitors recorded a 69-run victory. Namibia won the toss and elected to bowl. Opening batter of Zimbabwe Modister Mupachikwa made 75 of 63 not out and was named player of the match.

The Zimbabwean ladies also concluded the final day of action with a nine-wicket victory and finished the series undefeated.

The director of women’s cricket in Namibia, Hester Khan, said that the Namib Desert T20 challenge was a great experience for the Namibian team as they prepare for the T20 World Cup qualifiers, possibly in Harare, Zimbabwe, in May.

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