Namibia upset champions Uganda in Harare

Namibia caused the big upset on the second day of the ICC Women’s Qualifier, Africa 2019 in Harare, as they outlasted defending champions Uganda by 14 runs on the second day.

  • Skipper Etim grabs hattrick as Nigeria down Mozambique
  • Mayers stars again as Zimbabwe stroll to victory
  • Van Zyl’s four for 7 sets up win over Uganda

Adri van der Merwe (31) and Sune Wittmann (25) were again in the runs, as Namibia made a competitive 115 for six. In response, Uganda were slow out of the blocks. Stephanie Nampiina fought a lone battle, as her 25 off 21 balls gave the champions a chance.

However, Irene van Zyl’s four for 7 was the key for Namibia, who held on for a famous victory that has bust Group B wide open already.

Hosts Zimbabwe carried on their merry way, as they trounced Tanzania by 92 runs. Shame Mayers was again the key, with a classy 65 from 50 balls, with support from Modester Mupachikwa (30), in an opening stand of 78.

That was enough to propel Zimbabwe to 143 for four, and that was always going to be too much for Tanzania. They could only reach 51 for eight in a toil of an effort, with Anesu Mushangwe (two for 3) and Tasmeen Granger (two for 6) throttling their efforts.

In other Group A action, Nigeria bounced back from a first day defeat by getting the better of Mozambique who had posted 93 for seven. The backbone of that knock was Cristina Magaia, with 38 from just 24 balls.

Blessing Etim took a hattrick for 14 runs and her control was key to stifling the young Mozambiquans.

In the chase, Nigeria lost Etim in the first over, but then Blessing Nwobodo (33 not out) and Samantha Agazuma (28 not out) nervelessly took them home.

Kenya also kept up their good start, as they dominated their clash with Sierra Leone. Veteran Margaret Ngoche starred with an excellent 73 from 53 balls, which took Kenya to total of 170 for four. Sharon Juma added the gloss with 39 from 30 balls.

Sierra Leone were always up against it, and they toiled to 64 for seven in their 20 overs. Their mission was to get through 20 overs, and they would have felt some crumbs of comfort for at least accomplishing that much.

The action continues tomorrow when Mozambique take on Rwanda at Old Hararians in the morning followed by the East African derby between Uganda and Kenya in the afternoon.

The morning’s fixture at Takashinga sees Nigeria battle Tanzania. Namibia will look to seal qualification to the final against Sierra Leone in the afternoon.

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Scores in brief:

Group A

Zimbabwe v Tanzania
Zimbabwe 143 for four (S Mayers 65, M Mupachikwa 30)
Tanzania 51 for eight ( A Mushangwe two for 3, T Granger two for 6)
Zimbabwe won by 92 runs

Nigeria v Mozambique
Mozambique 93 for seven (C Magaia 38, B Etim 3 for 14)
Nigeria 94 for two (B Nwobodo 33 not out, S Agazuma 28 not out)
Nigeria won by eight wickets

Group B

Uganda v Namibia
Namibia 115 for six ( A van der Merwe 31, S Wittmann 25)
Uganda 101 for nine (S Nampiina 25, I van Zyl four for 7)
Namibia won by 14 runs

Kenya v Sierra Leone
Kenya 170 for four ( M Ngoche 73)
Sierra Leone 64 for seven
Kenya on by 106 runs


Kuben Pillay

ICC Tournament Director

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