Eddie Chikamhi Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE women’s cricket team are through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier final after beating Uganda women by 14 runs today.
The Lady Chevrons fought back with the ball after they had faltered with the bat earlier on. Zimbabwe elected to bat first and recorded 108/6 on the board in their 20 overs, thanks to a late rally by the lower middle order.
Zimbabwe had slumped to 44/5 with just over 13 overs played but Player of the match, Precious Marange gave the Lady Chevrons a fighting chance with her brave knock.
Marange played an impressive career best batting performance of 40 runs off 25 balls, which included three sixes and three boundaries. She had good company in Loreen Tshuma 22 (from 21 balls) as the lower middle order gave Zimbabwe bowlers something to defend.
In response, Uganda were bowled out for 94 runs. Esther Mbofana was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers with her 3/16. Tasmeen Granger took 2/16 while there was a wicket each for Josephine Nkomo, Tshuma and Marange.
Zimbabwe will face the winner between Namibia and Tanzania in Sunday’s final.