CHEVRONS ELIMINATION LOOMS . . . Uganda thump Kenya, in control The Chevrons’ hopes of qualifying to the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup diminished yesterday as Uganda beat Kenya.

Lawrence Moyo-Head Zimpapers Sports

ZIMBABWE’S hopes of reaching the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup all but vanished yesterday as dominant Uganda outplayed Kenya by 33 runs at the Wanderers Sports Grounds to edge closer to a historic qualification. 

Today Uganda will just need victory over lowly Rwanda and join Namibia at the finals in the West Indies and the USA mid next year. 

Zimbabwe face Kenya in their final qualifier but they no longer have control over the destiny of the remaining ticket while a Rwanda victory over Uganda looks highly unlikely if results and performances so far are anything to go by.

The only way Zimbabwe can sneak into the World Cup finals is if they beat Kenya and Rwanda performs a miracle against Uganda. 

Uganda have suffered just one defeat against the hosts while Zimbabwe have lost twice, both humiliating defeats against ICC Associate members, Namibia and the Ugandans. 

The humiliation will get worse if the Chevrons fail to qualify from seemed a straightforward African pool. This comes a few months after they failed to qualify for the 50-over Cricket World Cup following a late collapse in qualifiers staged on home soil. 

Zimbabwe had, earlier in the day, kept their hopes alive with a six-wicket victory over Nigeria with 36 balls to spare.

On winning the toss, Nigeria opted to bat first but they never really troubled the Chevrons bowlers as wickets fell regularly as they stumbled to 110/8 in their 20 overs.

The Nigeria batting was so ordinary the Chevrons would be disappointed they did not get all 10 wickets and also contributed the second highest number of runs to their total. 

Ridwan Abdikareem was the highest scorer with 24 runs off 31 balls with Zimbabwe bowling extras adding a useful 15 runs, nine of them wides. 

Sikandar Raza was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers with two wickets for 13 runs in three overs while the consistent Richard Ngarava took two for 21 in four overs. 

Set 111 to win, Zimbabwe needed another solid start but opener Tadiwanashe Marumani lasted just four balls and fell for a duck in the third over. 

Raza opened again and finished as the innings top-scorer as he made 65 off 37 balls, including seven sixes. 

The other batsmen fell cheaply with Sean Williams making 19 off 18 balls and number four Nick Welch adding 13 from 14 balls before Ryan Burl (9) and Wesley Madhevere (3) took the Chevrons over the line with six overs to spare. 

Losing four wickets against the Nigerians would be deemed disappointing by the Chevrons fans although the batsmen seemed keen to further boost the team’s net run rate in the hope that Kenya would beat Uganda in a later match. 

Unlike their Chevrons counterparts, the Nigerian bowlers were still disciplined enough to give away just two extras in the 14 overs.

Scorecard

Nigeria innings:

Sulaimon Runsewe b Richard Ngarava                        1

Ademola Onikoyi c Clive Madande b Blessing Muzarabani                                                                                7

Ashmit Shreshta run out (Sean Williams/Ryan Burl) 13

Akhere Isesele b Carl Mumba                                       10

Isaac Danladi c Sikandar Raza b Ryan Burl              14

Ridwan Abdulkareem b Sikandar Raza                    24

Sylvester Okpe c Wessly Madhevere b Sikandar Raza 4

Isaac Okpe c Clive Madande b Richard Ngarava     10

Prosper Useni NOT OUT                                                     11

Emmanuel Udekwe NOT OUT                                            1

Extras (w 9, b 4, lb 2)                                                        15

Total (8 wickets, 20 overs)                                            110

DNB: Joshua Asia

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (SR Runsewe, 0.5 ov), 2-8 (AA Onikoyi, 1.3 ov), 3-22 (A Ise-sele, 4.1 ov), 4-40 (A Shreshta, 6.6 ov), 5-51 (I Danladi, 8.2 ov), 6-75 (SA Okpe, 13.3 ov), 7-90 (R Abdulkareem, 17.2 ov), 8-106 (IO Okpe, 18.5 ov)

Bowling: Richard Ngarava 4-0-21-2; Blessing Muzarabani; 3-1-12-1; Carl Mumba 2-0-11-0; Luke Jongwe 2-0-16-0; Ryan Burl 4-0-18-1; Wessly Madhevere 2-0-13-0; Sikandar Raza 3-1-13-2

Zimbabwe (Target 111)

Sikandar Raza c Ademola Onikoyi b Joshua Asia      65

Marumani c Prosper Useni b Emmanuel Udekwe     0

Sean Williams c Isaac Danladi b Joshua Asia            19

Nick Welch c Sylvester Okpe b Akhere Isesele             13

Ryan Burl NOT OUT                                                               9

Wessly Madhevere NOT OUT                                              3

Extras (nb 1, w 1)                                                             2

Total (4 wickets, 14.0 overs)                                  111

DNB: Clive Madande; Luke Jongwe; Carl Mumba; Richard Ngarava; Blessing Mu-zarabani

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (T Marumani, 2.6 ov), 2-72 (Sikandar Raza, 7.3 ov), 3-91 (SC Williams, 11.2 ov), 4-101 (NR Welch, 12.6 ov)

Bowling: Udekwe 2-0-11-1; Useni 2-0-22-0; Isaac Okpe 1-0-11-0; Sylvester Okpe 1-0-24-0; Abdulkareem 3-0-15-0; Joshua Asia 4-1-18-2; Akhere Isesele 1-0-10-1

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