Zimbabwe sneak past Scotland to secure third
Scotland took on Zimbabwe to conclude their Women’s World T20 qualifying campaign with a thrilling encounter at Thailand Cricket ground to contest the third/fourth place play-off. [Scorecard]
Chipo Mugeri won the toss and elected to field first, with the usual pairing of Fiona Urquhart and Rachel Scholes opening the batting.
The pair got the Scots off to a positive start, taking the score to 33 before Urquhart (19) was clean bowled by Josephine Nkomo.
Two important wickets from captain Mugeri stopped Kari Anderson (17) and Scholes (19) form getting into their stride.
Liz Priddle (17) and Kathryn Bryce (8*) added quick runs to boost Scotland’s final total to 94/4.
Kirstie Gordon and Abbi Aitken gave Scotland a strong start to the second innings as each picked up a wicket in their opening overs to remove both of Zimbabwe’s opening batters, with the score on 12/2.
A 51 run partnership between Pellagia Mujaji and Chipo Mugeri then looked to have taken the match away from their opponents.
Aitken struck again to remove Mujaji (18) which then sparked a batting collapse of 5 wickets for 15 runs as Scotland came storming back into the contest.
However, captain Mugeri wasn’t giving up without a fight as Zimbabwe required 14 runs from the final over of the match which was to be bowled by Kathryn Bryce.
After some quick running between the wickets Mugeri struck a vital blow to find the fence from the third delivery of the over to heap the pressure back on to the Scots.
It wasn’t to be the finish Scotland were after as their opponents squeezed over the line with 1 ball remaining, and their captain unbeaten on 47*.
Afterwards Coach Kari Carswell said, “We’ve had some outstanding moments and it would have been great to finish third, but it wasn’t to be. It’s a really tough way to end the tournament for us, but I’m really proud of everything the team have achieved.
We put together an unbelievably good bowling and fielding performance and sometimes one player can take the game away from you, and that’s what has happened today.
We’ve developed really well and adapted to conditions impressively, we have plenty of younger girls in the squad where this was their first taste of senior women’s tournament cricket. We’ll regroup in the new year and this group will come back and work hard.”