THE national women cricket team launched their campaign at the Pepsi ICC Africa Regional T20 Women World Cup qualifiers on a sound note, beating resilient Uganda by eight runs in a closely contested encounter at the Annadil Burhani grounds in Dar es Salaam.
The local ladies went to bat first, producing scintillating batting skills to post 87 runs all out in allotted 20 overs. Uganda ladies failed to chase the score, ending their innings with 79/9.
Tanzania ladies team is a blend of old and new players with the likes of skipper Monica Pascal, Hawa Salum, Mwanaidi Ibrahim, Hadija Nasibu and Said Hamisi all proved that experience matters a lot as they lead the team to a commanding victory.
However, rain interrupted the day's morning matches of the qualifiers at the University of Dar es Salaam and Annadil Burhani grounds. At the Annadil Burhani grounds South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against Zimbabwe. They managed to score 115 at the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs.
Liezel Lee scored 21 runs and Yolando Potgieter 21. The top scorer for South Africa was Thandile Savanna Cordes with 51 runs not out. Rain interrupted play after South Africa's 1st innings and the match umpires called off the game at Annadil Burhani. Points were shared. At University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) grounds, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat against Namibia.
They posted a total of 107 for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Their top scorer was their Captain Emily Ruto with 37 runs in 33 balls not out. For Namibia, the top striking bowler was Maryke Short with figures of 2 for 25. Rain stopped play after the 1st innings and eventually the match was called off and points shared.
In another afternoon match played at the UDSM grounds South Africa whipped Namibia by 36 runs. The unstoppable ladies from the land of Madiba went to bat first after winning the toss, posting a total score of 110 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in allotted 20 overs.
The Namibian ladies failed to chase South Africa's impressive score, concluding their innings with just 74 runs for 5 wickets. In the day two, Tanzania will face Zimbabwe this morning at the Annadil Burhani grounds, while Kenya and Uganda will battle it out at the UDSM grounds.
In the afternoon South Africa will have a date with Uganda at the Annadil Burhani, as Tanzania confronts Namibia at the UDSM grounds. Only one team will qualify for the 2014 World Cup to be staged in Dhaka, Bangladesh. South Africa has been drafted into the fixture but will play as a non-scoring side as they have already qualified for Bangladesh showpiece courtesy of their superior ICC ranking.