Biblical significance of Chare’s first Zimbabwe women’s two World Cup wickets

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Biblical significance of Chare’s first Zimbabwe women’s two World Cup wickets Olinda Chare


Fungai Muderere

SUNDAY was the day when England announced themselves emphatically at the inaugural ICC Under19 Women’s T20 World Cup with a massive, 174-run win in their campaign opener against Zimbabwe in South Africa.

However, while England blasted off with a dominant win, Zimbabwe’s Olinda Chare probably took some time to close her eyes, took a deep breath and made history.

In that match, Chare became the first Zimbabwean woman to grab a wicket at a cricket World Cup.
Part of the match’s scores brief reads
Toss: England, who elected to bat.
England 199 for 4 in 20 overs (Niamh Holland 59, Charis Pavely 45, Olinder Chare two for 34, Tawana Marumani one for 27)


This a development that further confirms that in her country’s maiden appearance at a women’s World Cup extravaganza, Chare did not grab a single wicket but went for two.
Biblically, the number two conveys the meaning of a union, division or the verification of facts by witnesses. A man and woman, though two in number, are made one in marriage.  There is also a union of two between Christ and the church

The testimony of God is divided into two Testaments. His agreements with mankind are divided into Old and New Covenants. In addition, though 2 in number, God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ) compose a single Godhead.

Adam, the first man, sinned and brought death and destruction into the world. Jesus, however, as the second (or last) Adam brings the hope of the resurrection and eternal life.
Surely, led by Ndlovu and Chare, Zimbabwe, has to rise from this cricket abyss, a gulf that will need more players in Chare’s calibre  to help the country break astonishing cricket World Cup records in the years to follow.

Back to the field of play, Grace Scrivens’ team were on 67/1 after the six power play overs, 99 for 2 at the drinks break after 10 overs and scored another 100 runs in the remainder of the innings for the loss of two more wickets to fall just a single short of being the first team in the tournament to reach the 200-run mark.

The carnage began as early as the first wicket partnership between Scrivens and Libbie Heap, who put on 60 runs off just 31 balls.
When Heap departed for a fiery 25 off 12 balls (five fours), there was no letting up with Niamh Holland joining Scrivens – who ended up compiling 45 off 32 (eight fours) – and going on to top score in the innings with a 37-ball 59 bedecked with six boundaries and a maximum.

Holland’s 87-run partnership with Charis Pavely (45 off 26 deliveries featuring six fours and a six) would sustain the assault on the Zimbabwe bowling attack to the point of getting England to the brink of the highest total scored by a team in the tournament.

All-rounder Kelis Ndhlovu

Things did not markedly improve when Kelis Ndhlovu’s captained Zimbabwe went in to bat, with the England attack running through the Zimbabwe batting line-up to the point where they were 15/4 at the conclusion of the power play, with a 184-run mountain to climb on their run chase of exactly 200.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Sophia Smale began the damage by deceiving opener Natasha Mtomba with flight and bowling her for ultimate figures of 2/5 off two overs, but it was Scrivens’ 4/2 off four overs which meant Zimbabwe were all out just 10 runs later in an innings featuring four ducks.
It was indeed a day that was full of downs as compared to ups for Zimbabwe, a horror show that needs to be buried six feet down.

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