THE national women cricket team missed by a whisker an opportunity to qualify for the Pepsi 2014 ICC Women's World Cup in Bangladesh, despite snatching a 9 wickets victory over Kenya in their last match at the Annadil Burhani ground in Dar es Salaam.
On the final day of the ICC Africa Regional T20 Senior Women's World Cup Qualifier, the home ladies were facing a must win situation and had to pray that their closest challengers Zimbabwe slip up in the final match against Namibia at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds.
They to some extent managed to deliver with a convincing win over Kenya but could not qualify because Zimbabwe also easily cruised past hapless Namibia by 8 wickets. Tanzania finished second on the qualifying points table, on six points and a net run rate of 0.8742, while Zimbabwe finished top on eight points and a net run rate of 0.9908.
However, on a tournament's point table, South Africa who competed in the qualifiers as a non-scoring side as they have already qualified for the Bangladesh showpiece courtesy of their superior ICC ranking, finished top on maximum nine points, with a net run rate of 4.5652.
Zimbabwe on nine points (0.9908 run rate) and Tanzania on six (-0.0414) finished second and third respectively. Overnight rain delayed starts on both grounds and forced a reduction in overs. Namibia versus Zimbabwe match at University of Dar es Salaam was reduced to 15 overs meanwhile Kenya against archrivals Tanzania at Annadil Burhani was reduced to 8 overs.
At Annadil Burhani ground, Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first. In their 8 overs, Kenya scored 47 / 5 with Mercyline Adhiambo Scoring 11 in 9 deliveries. Tanzania's Fatuma Kibusa ended with figures of 2 overs 2 wickets for 9. Tanzania captain Monica Pascal started off the chase for Tanzania and was the top scorer with 23 runs in 19 deliveries.
At the UDSM grounds, Namibia batters were unable to get into double figures and could only manage 43 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 15 overs. Zimbabwe's Saili Sharyce took 2 wickets in 3 overs for 6 runs and Chatonzwa Christabell achieved figures of 3 overs 2 for 12.
In reply, Zimbabwe comfortably chased the target and scored 44 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 12.4 overs. The opening pair for Zimbabwe Burdett Ashley and Ndiraya Ashley scored 12 and 16 runs respectively.