It was another jam-packed week in Associate cricket, with a Women’s T20 Qualifier in Botswana, a men’s tri-series in Oman, Thailand’s women in South Africa, and Zimbabwe’s men in Scotland.
Continuing on from last week, the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier concluded in Gaborone on Sunday, with Zimbabwe lifting the crown and claiming the lone qualifying slot for the 2022 global qualifier. It completed an unbeaten run for Zimbabwe, stretching back through the second week of round robin matches in Group A, against hosts Botswana, Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania. Runners-up Namibia meanwhile topped Group B, which also featured Cameroon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
In Group A on Monday the 13th, Tanzania overcame a spirited Rwanda to post 104/8 after Margueritte Vumiliya nabbed 3/10. Fatuma Kibasu led the way with the ball for Tanzania with 4/13 as Rwanda battled to just 61 in the 17th over. The afternoon game was also one-way traffic as Zimbabwe racked up 205/3 against Mozambique (skipper Josephine Nkomo top-scoring with 56*) before Precious Marange’s 4/8 bundled them out for just 34.
The ladies arrived safely in Harare from a successful ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier. Zimbabwe finished the tournament unbeaten and beat Namibia by 13 runs in the final.#WeMeanCricket | #BowlOutCovid pic.twitter.com/QoYpVLNcsF
— Zimbabwe Women's Cricket (@zimbabwe_women) September 20, 2021