By Skilder Makona
The Zimbabwe ladies cricket team lost their third one-dayer against South Africa Women Emerging side by 79 runs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo this Saturday.
The loss by the Zimbabwe women left the visitors with a clear victory as there are only two matches left pencilled for this Monday and Wednesday at the same venue.
After winning the toss, the South Africa Emerging Players Women elected to bat first and Delmi Tucker led the battle after posting an incredible 65 points off 76 deliveries with 6 boundaries.
Masabata Klaas was at it again when he scored 59 runs and not out in 70 balls with three boundaries as Anneke Bosch, Annerie Dercksen and skipper Andrie Steyn managed double figures and posted a combined 74 runs as the visitors ended the day on 242 for 7.
In reply, Zimbabwe only managed 163 for the loss of 8 wickets in their allotted fifty overs.
Only four Lady Chevrons players managed double figures, with Captain Josephine Nkomo top scoring for Zimbabwe on 63 off 92 balls with three boundaries while Modester Mupachikwa had 35 as Christabel Chatonzwa scored 19 on a day Chiedza Dhururu managed 10 runs.
Wickets continued to tumble for the hosts as 6 players failed to make a mark on the batting front, with Kellies Ndlovu and Tasmeen Granger bowled out on ducks.
Nomvelo Sibanda was the peak of the Lady Chevrons bowlers after taking four wickets in 10 overs while Lorraine Phiri managed 2 and Precious Marange took one wicket.
On the visitors’ side, Michaela Andrews managed three wickets in 10 overs as Leah Jones and Tucker took two wickets apiece as the South Africa Emerging Players Women claimed the series victory, leaving the two matches left as dead rubbers.