The Sunday News
Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE’S journey International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup came to an end with yet another defeat losing by three wickets at the hands of Indonesia on Friday at North-West University Ground, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Batting first, the Young Lady Chevrons could only manage 86-8 in their 20 overs and Indonesia chased down the target in 18 overs, finishing on 87-7 to hand Zimbabwe their fourth straight defeat at the tournament, which means they are heading home without tasting victory.
With Zimbabwe’s opening batters falling for golden ducks, the lower order stepped up with the bat as Tawananyasha Marumani and Danielle Meikle top scored with 20 runs each. Adel Zimunu scored 13 runs while Kelly Ndiraya chipped in with 10 runs as the four were the only batters to cross double figures.
Ni Luh Dewi took five wickets for Indonesia, giving away 18 runs in four overs. The other wickets were taken by Ni Ariani and Desi Wulandari who had one and two scalps each.
Zimbabwe captain Kelis Ndhlovu and Chipo Moyo proved handy with the ball for the Young Lady Chevrons as they took three wickets each, conceding eight and 12 runs respectively. Meikle took one scalp as they disappointedly crumbled out of the global showpiece.
Ni Luh Dewi and Thersiana Weo top scored for Indonesia with 14 runs each as they recorded their first win of the campaign having lost all their group games prior to the match against Zimbabwe.
The defeat meant that Zimbabwe will come back home without a single victory having lost all their matches. They needed a top three finish in the group stage to progress to the next round of the tournament which is the Super Six which will have two pools.
Zimbabwe were in Group B alongside England who finished on top with six points followed by Pakistan with four and Rwanda on two points.
The tournament headed into the Super Six yesterday and concludes on 29 January when the final takes place at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.
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