Scots lose final warm up against Zimbabwe

05 Feb

ICC
Zimbabwe 197-9 in 50 overs
(Pellagia Mujaji 39, Loreen Tshuma 32, Kirstie Gordon 5-23, Abtaha Maqsood 2-42) beat Scotland 102 all out in 33 overs (Rachel Scholes 30, Tasmeen Granger 2-23, Anesu Mushangwe 2-2).  [Scorecard] 

Scotland were downed in their final warm up game against Zimbabwe in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday morning as they concluded their final preparations for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier.

M Mupachikwa (23) and Tshuma had given Zimbabwe a solid platform at the top of the order, taking the score to 76 before losing their first wicket. 

The introduction of left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon saw the wickets suddenly tumble, quickly reducing Zimbabwe to 106/7 in the 31st over. 

A stubborn lower-order display by Mujaji (39) helped her side to a respectable total and set Scotland 197 to win. 

Gordon claimed a 5 wicket-haul, with Abtaha Maqsood also taking 2 wickets. 

Scotland’s reply got off to an awful start with the top four batters only able to put 13 runs on the board. Rachel Scholes struck 30 and Liz Priddle made 26 in a partnership worth 39, but the Scots kept losing regular wickets and eventually were bowled out for 102. 

After the game captain Abbi Aitken said, "Today wasn't our best game of cricket, and run outs of key batters made it difficult to chase down the total. We can take encouragement from a number of good performances from the bowlers and in the field, with Kirstie's five wickets a highlight."

On Tuesday's opener the captain said, "We'll dust ourselves off and now focus on the task at hand in our opener against South Africa on Tuesday."

The team will now get ready to take on South Africa in their tournament opening on Tuesday. 

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