By Zwe Sibanda
Zimbabwe Women’s cricket team fell short of a win losing by 32 runs, in the first of five one-day games against South Africa Emerging Women (SA-EW), at Queen’s Sports Club, on Tuesday.
Having won the toss first, Zimbabwe restricted South Africa to 232 for the loss of seven wickets. Andrie Steyn, the visitors’ captain made 100 before she was run out by Pellagia Mujaji. Middle-order batters Annek Bosch and Nondumiso Shangase made 46 and 43 respectively.
Tasmeen Granger was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers, taking three wickets for 44 and Nomvelo Sibanda two for 46.
Captain Josephine Nkomo led the Zimbabwe innings unbeaten and gritty at 70 also had a fifth wicket partnership with Precious Marange, which garnered 77 runs. Marange would make a brisk 41 off 42 balls. Christabel Chatonzwa has a good innings of 26.
Zimbabwe made 200 for the loss of five wickets, in their 50 overs. Falling short of the required 233 by 32 runs. The next match is on Thursday, at the same venue.