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ICCWWCAQ: Zimbabwe secures top spot in Group A

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Results for 13th December 2023

Morning

Botswana Vs Kenya

Botswana
52/8
20.0 /20 overs

Kenya
34/1
6.0 /6 overs (revised target 14)

Kenya won by 20 runs (DLS)

Afternoon

Tanzania Vs Zimbabwe

Tanzania
82/10
19.5 /20 overs

Zimbabwe
84/1
15.0 /20 overs

Zimbabwe won by 9 wickets

In a thrilling contest against Tanzania, Zimbabwe claimed a resounding nine-wicket victory, solidifying their position atop Group A with an impressive accumulation of 6 points from three outings.

Captain Mary Ann Musonda’s strategic decision, winning the toss with the aim to restrict Tanzania under 100 runs, materialized as Tanzania concluded at 82 runs. Notable contributions came from Fatuma Omary Kibasu (20 off 37) and Tanzania’s skipper, Nema Justine Pius (21 off 29).

Zimbabwe’s bowling unit, spearheaded by the remarkable Precious Maranga’s figures of 3/13 in 3.5 overs, complemented by Kelis Ndhlovu, Nyasha Gwanzura, and Ashley Ndiraya, each clinching a wicket, capitalized on robust fielding, effectively controlling Tanzania’s innings.

The chase for Zimbabwe, led by Mary Anne Musonda (33 off 27), Modester Mupachikwa (22 off 43), and Chipo Mugeri (25 off 20), efficiently concluded by the 15th over, sealing a commanding victory.

This triumph elevated Zimbabwe to the top of the table, securing a direct ticket to the semifinals, awaiting the outcome of tomorrow’s game to determine their semifinal opponent.

Player of the match, Precious Maranga, celebrated her exceptional performance, securing three wickets and executing three crucial run-outs.

Precious Maranga receiving her player of match award.

Maranga exuded satisfaction and eagerness for the upcoming semifinals, aspiring for qualification to the finals, relishing her remarkable hat-trick of run-outs.

Zimbabwe’s commanding display exemplified their strength, unity, and determination, setting the stage for an exciting semifinal encounter as they pursue their aspirations of progressing to the coveted finals.

In a crucial morning clash between Kenya and Botswana, a rain-interrupted contest ensued, resulting in Kenya securing a 20-run victory against Botswana.

The outcome was determined by the Duckworth and Lewis method, sealing Botswana’s fate to begin in Division Two in the upcoming qualifiers.

The semifinals of the ongoing qualifiers are scheduled to take place on Saturday at the prestigious Entebbe Cricket Oval.

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