MIDWEST Rhinos are the champions after winning all their games at the Four Nations Under-19 girls' cricket tournament in Botswana recently. The team were on their maiden tour. Midwest Rhinos beat Namibia in their first game by six wickets with Ashley Ndiraya key to their victory after scoring 56 runs. Select
Namibia were 126 all out while Rhinos reached 127 for four in a 35-over match. The Zimbabweans won their second match by 23 runs after posting 191 while Botswana could only get 168 in reply. In their last match, against Swaziland, Rhinos scored an incredible 450 runs and then dismissed their opponents for just 40.
The four-day tournament saw four countries taking part - Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and the hosts. Alexandra Mavhiko, the Rhinos coach, saluted the girls' show.
"Having my first tour with the team out of the country was such an honour and I am proud of their performance.
"I was confident that the girls will play well after winning the local tournaments and we are glad they made the country proud.
"They are excited and hopeful of bringing the good results," said Mavhiko.
Head of Delegation, Caroline Nyamande, hailed the team.
"The girls did extremely well in all their three matches, they bowled well and their batting was also wonderful."
Zimbabwe were the overall winners after winning all their matches.
Ashley Ndiraya, Josephine Mkomo, Nothando Nyathi, Tariro Sibangani, Natasha Kembo, Caroline Sibanda, Taropfadzwa Mazika, Peace Bvochora, Loreen Tsuma, Nomatter Mutasa, Primrose Lunda, Modester Mupachikwa.
Coach: Alexandra Mavhiko
Head of Delegation: Caroline Nyamande