By Lawrence Trusida
The Lady Chevrons have won the International Cricket Council Women’s T20 World Cup African Qualifiers after beating bitter rivals Namibia by 13 runs at the Gaborone Oval in Botswana.
The Zimbabweans concluded the 11-day tournament undefeated to make it to the 2023 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20 World cup global qualifiers in November.
Playing against a Namibian team they have lost to so many times, experienced openers Modester Mupachikwa and Chiedza Dururu laid the foundation before Josephine Nkomo late heroics propelled the Zimbabwean ladies to 133 for four after winning the toss.
In reply, Namibia could only manage 120 for nine in their innings after Josephine Nkomo, Nomvelo Sibanda and Precious Marange shared six wickets between themselves.
For her 44 runs upfront, Chiedza Dururu walked away with the player of the match award.
Meanwhile, the men’s side, the Chevrons got a glimpse of the future as youngsters Milton Shumba and Wessly Madhevere powered Zimbabwe to a six wickets win over Scotland in the third and final T20 match of their European tour.
The Chevrons won the series 2-1 after losing the first match before coming back strongly to win the last two in Edinburgh.
The Scots won the toss and batted first posting a commanding 177 for 4 and in reply the Chevrons started strongly with captain Craig Ervine and Regis Chakabva laying a foundation before some nasty hitting from 21 year old Milton Shumba who ended on 66 not out and Wessly Madhevere who was run out for 43 propelled Zimbabwe to 180 for four to walk out of the match with a victory and restore some pride after losing to Ireland in the first stage of the tour.
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