Lady Chevrons seek equally buoyant Thailand scalp

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Lady Chevrons seek equally buoyant Thailand scalp Lady Chevrons

B-Metro

Bret Kamutenga

ZIMBABWE, Thailand, Bangladesh and Scotland registered wins on the opening day of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup qualifier in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

A three-wicket haul from Kelis Ndhlovu and good spells from Nomvelo Sibanda and Precious Marange helped Zimbabwe bowl Papua New Guinea out for 83 after being asked to bowl at the Tolerance Oval.

Tanya Ruma top-scored for Papua New Guinea with a 25 off 35 balls from position three, but none of the other batters managed to cross single digits as PNG struggled against some top-quality bowling. In the run chase, Zimbabwe came out all guns blazing, the openers racing to 57 inside nine overs.

Ndhlovu completed a brilliant all-round performance with her opening partner Sharne Mayers making an attractive 28-ball 33.

Zimbabwe sealed the run chase with eight wickets to spare with Ndhlovu unbeaten on 25 off 33 balls.

Zimbabwe were on Monday scheduled to face equally buoyant Thailand who posted a seven-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in their first match of the competition.

In his post-match interview after watching his charges beat Papua New Guinea, Lady Chevrons coach, Gary Brent said: “The girls played magnificently so well. The bowlers, especially Nomvelo did well and this set the game for us. We came out and destroyed them. We have a very competent technical staff which helps them.”

Held at Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub, the matches at the Tolerance Oval will be the first full internationals at the ground since it was given ICC accreditation, while the Zayed Cricket Stadium will be the venue for the final as well as both semi-finals.

Bangladesh and Thailand, who played in the highly successful T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020 and qualified for this tournament on that basis, are the two leading teams in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings and are drawn in different groups.

Ireland, Scotland and the USA are pooled along with Bangladesh in Group A while Thailand are in Group B along with Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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