Zimbabwe ended a consistent week with another quality display, beating Namibia by 50 runs to win the ICC Women’s Qualifier, Africa 2019 tournament on Sunday.
Having gone through Group A unscathed, the hosts faced a plucky Namibian outfit, as they looked to erase the memory of two years ago – when they lost to Uganda in the final.
Having been asked to bat first, Zimbabwe scored 114 for five on a slow track.
Not for the first time this week, Sharne Mayers was in the runs with a sprightly 36 from 44 balls at the top of the order. Chipo Mugeri-Tripano also chipped in with 36, as they added 66 for the second wicket.
That stand ensured Zimbabwe had a decent total to defend, given their strong bowling options. For Namibia, Kayleen Green continued her fine tournament with tidy figures of 2/22.
In the chase, Namibia slumped to 16 for three inside the power-play, and that undermined their pursuit completely. Anesu Mushangwe then entered the fray, with three for just 6 runs in her four-over spell.
Having struck with the new ball, Josephine Nkomo then returned in the latter overs to claim two more scalps, for figures of three for 12. Namibia clung on to bat out their 20 overs, but they could only muster 64 for nine, as Zimbabwe closed out a most satisfactory week on home soil.
Zimbabwe vs Namibia
Zimbabwe 114/5 (S Mayers 36, C Mugeri 36; K Green 2-22)
Namibia 64/9 (A Mushangwe 3/6, J Nkomo 3/12)
Zimbabwe won by 50 runs