Zimbabwe ease past Nigeria to set up Final showdown with Namibia
Zimbabwe eased past Nigeria to book a their spot in today’s final against Namibia at Harare Sports Club. The hosts have been in terrific form all week, and they used their final Group A fixture to make one more statement before the final on Sunday.
Host’s make it 4 wins from four after dismissing Nigeria for 35
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Scores in brief
Nigeria v Zimbabwe
Nigeria 35 all out (B Nwobodo 12, M Mutasa four for 9)
Zimbabwe 36 without loss ( A Ndiyara 17 not out)
Zimbabwe won by ten wickets
Tanzania v Rwanda
Tanzania 114 for six (F Kibasu 48)
Rwanda 76 for six (P Mamunya two for 8)
Tanzania won by 38 runs
Bowling first, they tore through Nigeria, blowing them away for just 35, in 12.1 overs. Blessing Nwobodo was the only batter to get to double figures, scoring 12 at the top of the order. Extras, with 8, was the next best scorer, as Nigeria wilted.
Nomatter Mutasa was the chief destroyer, with four for 9 in her quota of four overs. Anesu Mushangwe also weighed in with two for 8.
In reply, Zimbabwe needed just 3.4 overs to get the job done. Ashley Ndiyara (17 not out) and the relentless Sharne Mayers (13 not out) saw to it that Zimbabwe reached the target unscathed, as they made short work of their final group game.
Elsewhere, Tanzania finished with a 38-run victory over Rwanda. Fatuma Kibasu led from the front with 48 at the top of the order, as she led her side to a decent total of 114 for six. There was also a handy 16 not out from Nasra Saidi.
Defending 115, Tanzania leant on their sharp fielding, which resulted in two run-outs. There were also two wickets for Perice Mamunya with the new ball, as Tanzania applied the squeeze to great effect.
They restricted Rwanda to 76 for six, and the win finished a satisfactory week for the them, where they competed strongly, and showed excellent improvement.
All eyes now move onto the final of the tournament, with hosts Zimbabwe taking on Namibia at Harare Sports Club tomorrow.