Eagles on point

20 September 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

Following an eventful and nerve-wracking run chase, Namibia's Capricorn Eagles (90/8) beat Tanzania (89/7) by two wickets, with two balls remaining in the semi-final of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier in Gaborone on Saturday.

The Namibians were scheduled to play tournament favourites Zimbabwe in the final yesterday afternoon before going to print – with the winner rewarded with a place in the global qualifying event.

Namibia captain Irené van Zyl was named player of the match for her vital 22 runs off 28 balls which brought her team back on course after losing five wickets for just 14 runs. Zimbabwe in their match against Uganda, batted first and put up a total that their balanced attack could defend. On a slow surface, Zimbabwe notched 108 for six in their 20 overs, thanks in chief to Precious Marange's sparkling hitting at the death. She powered three sixes and as many fours, as she made 40 off just 25 balls to give the bowlers a target to defend.

Loreen Tshuma added a steady 22 not out from 21 deliveries, as they salvaged an innings that had stuttered up to the last five overs.

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