THE national women cricket team face a must win situation in their last match of the Pepsi ICC Africa Regional Women's World Cup qualifier against Kenya today to revive any hopes of reaching the 2014 finals in Bangladesh.
The home ladies lost to mighty South Africa by 9 wickets at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds, dashing their chances of qualifying for the finals. Tanzania won the toss and went to bat first managing a meagre score of 32 runs all out, which gave South Africa easily, ride to chase.
The South Africans posted 35/1. After a shock six runs loss to Zimbabwe at the Annadil Burhani grounds on Monday morning, the national cricket ladies rediscovered the winning formula, snatching a 49 runs victory over Namibia at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds on Monday evening.
Tanzania won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 86 for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Fatuma Kibusa was a top scorer for the victors with 13 runs. Best bowling figure for Namibia was Maryke Short who bowled 4 overs for 12 runs and took 3 wickets. Namibia were all out for 37.
In another second day match at the Annadil Burhani ground, South Africa won the toss and chose to bat. They posted 165/5 in 20 overs with top contributions from Nadine Moodley 58 runs off 54 balls and Liezel Lee 53 off 22 balls. Mary Malule was the top wicket taker for Uganda with figures of 4 overs 3 wickets for 48 runs.
In response South Africa dismissed Uganda for 26 in 8.1overs. Only Ugandan Kevin Apio managed to score double figures of 13. Moseline Daniels, the South African opening bowler took 4 wickets in 4 overs for 11 runs. South Africa remained irresistible on the third day, beating Kenya by 81 runs at the Annadil Burhani grounds.
The Madiba ladies won the toss and elected to bat, posting 132 for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. Liezel Lee once again imposed on the match with an unbeaten 38 runs off 29 balls and Yolandi Potgieter equaling with 38 runs off 30. Kenya's openers were dismissed in the first over without posting a run.
Kenya eventually lost 9 wickets for 51 in 20 overs. Sharon Juma and Captain Emily Ruto were top scorers for Uganda with 12 and 16 runs respectively. Concurrently, at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds, Zimbabwe won by 33 runs against Uganda. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.
They scored 102 in 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Top scorer for Zimbabwe was Musonda Mary with 24 runs not out in 15 balls. Uganda managed to score 69 all out in 19.3 overs. Caroline Namugeni and Flavia Laker are joint top scorers with 13 runs each.