The Namibian (Windhoek)

18 December 2012

Namibia: Women's Cricket Team Third in T20 Qualifiers

NAMIBIA'S women's cricket team is lying third out of six teams after completion of their first two matches at the Pepsi ICC Africa Senior Women's T20 World Cup qualifying tournament which is currently underway in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Namibia drew their first match against Kenya after rain stopped play, while they lost their second match against South Africa by 35 runs.

In their first match on December 16, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat. They posted a solid total of 107 runs for the loss of seven wickets off their 20 overs.

Kenya's top scorer was their captain Emily Ruto who scored 37 not out from 33 balls.

For Namibia, Maryke Short was the top bowler with figures of 2 for 25. Irené van Zyl, and Chantelle and Eunice Esterhuysen took one wicket each.

The match however had to be called off after rain stopped play after the first innings, and the points were shared.

In Namibia's second match against South Africa on Sunday afternoon, they won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Namibia managed to restrict South Africa A to 110 runs for four wickets in their 20 overs.

South Africa A's top scorer was Thandile Cordes with 38 runs from 57 balls and Nadine Moodley with 35 runs off 30 balls.

Chantelle Estehuysen and Maryke Short each took one wicket for Namibia.

In reply, Namibia were restricted from the start by some tight bowling and eventually only managed to score 74 runs for the loss of five wickets in their 20 overs.

The top scorer for Namibia was Anneri van Schoor with 26 runs off 44 balls, followed by Irené van Zyl with 17 runs off 23 balls and Carmi Liebenberg with 15 runs off 25 balls.

At the end of the first day's play Maryke Short was the leading wicket taker with three wickets, while Anneri van Schoor was the sixth highest scoring batsman with 26 runs.

South Africa A currently lead the log with three points from two matches, followed by Tanzania on two points and Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya on one point each. Uganda still have to open their account.

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