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.