Zimbabwe thumped Uganda by 131 runs in the opening match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup qualifiers at the Ruaraka Sports Club Oval in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday.
According to reports from Nairobi, Uganda’s fielding was way below acceptable standards after captain Stella Atim had won the psychologically important toss and stuck in Zimbabwe. Seven catches were dropped as Zimbabwe scampered to 200 for five in the allotted 50 overs.
And the batting was nightmarish with only three batters, opener Carol Namugenyi (21 off 33) Atim (10 off 23) and Naomi Kayondo (15* off 33), reaching double figures as Uganda lost wickets in quick succession to end their inning at a paltry 69 all out with 25,1 overs to spare.
However, no gloss should be taken off Zimbabwean Ashley Ndiraya’s anchoring 74, Sharne Mayers (40 off 41 and 3 for 3), captain Julia Chibhabha (20 off 83) and Pellegrine Mujaji’s five-wicket haul that cost a mere 14 runs.
Against Zimbabwe, Uganda’s bowlers lacked incisiveness and the batters failed to build worthy partnerships even after getting good starts.
Hosts Kenya won their opening game against arch-foes Tanzania by four wickets at Sir Ali Muslim Club on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket has announced the 14 junior players who will represent the country as the President’s XI squad that will face South Africa’s Gauteng Under-13 at Harare Sports Club from December 18 to 20.
The team will be captained by Mountaineers’ Walter Hutu and will play two T-20 matches on December 18 and 20 and a 50-over game in between.
The President’s XI squad:
1. Walter Huchu (capt),
2. Ryan Murray (vice capt),
3. Matthew Conolly,
4. Sam Curran,
5. Angus Curtis,
6. Taun Harrison,
7. Keith Jaure,
8. Adriaan Kok,
9. Alex Makuvise,
10. Kundai Matigimu,
11. Davis Murwendo,
12. Tinotenda Muzhamindu,
13. Brendan Sly,
14. Nicolas Welch