False Start To Zim Women Cricket Team's WC Qualifiers
By Don Makanyanga
Harare, February 08, 2017 – ZIMBABWE Senior Women’s Cricket team’s World Cup qualification has started on a false note following a 139 defeat at the hands of Ireland in the opening match of the qualifying matches which rolled into life on Tuesday morning.
The Zimbabwean women team went into the match with high spirits following a 95 run win against Scotland while Ireland lost by 39 runs at the hands of Bangladesh in two separate warm-up matches played on Sunday.
The defeat of the Irish was a wakeup call as they put up a splendid performance against Zimbabwe, cruising to a 139 run win.
Ireland settled for 237-6 in their 50 overs with Garth leading the scorecard with 63 runs off 114 balls while Laura Delaney added 47 runs from 69 balls.
Garth led Ireland's fine bowling display while Ciara Metcalfe (3-38), Robyn Lewis (2-7) and Amy Kenealy were the other wicket-takers.
Having done well with the bat Garth continued with a fine form with the ball boasting with the best bowling figures of the innings with bowling figures of 3-24 which contributed to Zimbabwe miserable innings as they were bowled out for 118 runs from37.5 overs.
Zimbabwe struggled in reply with only four players managing double figures, which saw Ashley Ndiraya leading Zimbabwe’s scorecard hitting 35 of 50 balls followed by Lorraine Tshuma who posted 25 from 65 balls while Mary-Anne Musonda hit 20 off 35 balls.
The top three in Group A go through to the Super Six, and from this the top four secure a place in the eight-team World Cup in England from 24 June to 23 July.