Zimbabwe punish poor batting by Kenya in ICC Women's Twenty20 qualifiers

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 12, 2021
  • Poor batting came to haunt Kenya again in their match against Zimbabwe. They play Namibia next. (Photo Courtesy)

Another poor batting by the national women's cricket team saw them concede to Zimbabwe and stall their chance of qualifying to the next stage of the ICC Women Twenty20 Qualifiers.

In their third match of the ongoing Africa qualifying round in Namibia, Kenya were restricted to 94 for 9 on their way to 45 runs loss to Zimbabwe on Tuesday afternoon.

What was disappointing in this match was how Kenya failed to build partnerships or get the scoreboard ticking.

Chasing 139 for 4, it was only Veronica Abuga who put up some resistance. The rest of the batters were guilty poor batting. Only two passing the 10 runs mark.

Abuga was promoted to the top for the first time and justified the faith by the coach scoring 37 off 35 balls. Ruth Achando’s laboured 14 and Sarah Bhakita’s contributions made double figures.

With139 on the board, Kenya coach, Lameck Onyango opted to shuffle the batting order by opening with pinch hitter Abuga instead of regular opener Quentoor Aoko.

The Nile Road Secondary School student was effective but was let down by the loss of wickets on the opposite side. She lost Mary Wambui (0) and Esther Wangare in quick succession as Kenya lost two wickets for one run in first 10 balls.

Abuga however found a brief stand that got Kenya into the required run rate in third wicket stand of 52 in 6.4 overs from former skipper Sylvia Kinyua.

Loss of Kinyua slowed inning

The loss of Kinyua who was caught off Precious Marange appeared to slow Kenya's inning as they lost Aoko and skipper Margaret Banja for no run to leave the score on 53 for 5.

Bhakita and Abuga tried to salvage something from the remaining overs but the run rate was out of their reach. They only managed to add 13 in 14 balls before Abuga was finally sent back to the pavilion after having faced 37 balls which included six boundaries.

Bhakita could not sustain the pressure that came with the huge target and the escalating run rate as she was run out after scoring 10 in the 17th over with the board on 80 for 7.

Despite Achando adding 14 from 27 balls, Zimbabwe had already done most of the damage. 

Zimbabwe's Chipo Mugeri had made a valuable half century after losing the toss. Coming on the crease with the board on 145 after 6.3 overs, Mugeri (59) shared a second wicket stand of 70 runs with Modest Mupachikwa.

Mugeri faced 48 balls which included five boundaries while Mupachikwa who scored 35 balls faced 40 balls that included four boundaries.

The two batted for 10 overs before their stand which was destined to get the scores past the 150 run mark was brought to an end by Bhakita who had Mupachikwa caught by Aoko.

Mugeri went on to add 24 for the third wicket with Marange before Edith Waithaka finally got Mugeri’s wicket off the last ball of the inning.

The loss was the second in two matches for Kenya who lost by six wickets to Uganda on Sunday.

Kenya plays their last preliminary match against hosts Namibia who beat Tanzania by seven wickets in the other match.