Tanzania in pursuit of ICC Women T20 Qualifiers final 

11May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
Tanzania in pursuit of ICC Women T20 Qualifiers final 

SENIOR national women cricket squad will be out to make the most of its last chance for qualifying for the final of the ICC Women T20 Qualifiers, Africa, as it locks horns with Rwanda in the Group A duel at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Zimbabwe today.

Senior national women cricket squad’s Fatuma Omary bowls against Indonesia in an international friendly game, which was played in Thailand last year.

The Tanzania girls will, however, not only need to grab victory over Rwanda but also pray the hosts, Zimbabwe, tumble to Nigeria in their last match, which will also be played today, if the East Africans are to book a place in the final, slated for tomorrow.

Zimbabwe, nevertheless, are strong favourites for progression to the final, given they have yet to lose a match in the Group A of the qualifiers, which also has Rwanda Mozambique and Nigeria.

Zimbabwe girls had, as of yesterday, been topping the Group A of the qualifiers with three wins in as many matches which have seen them collect six points and a net run rate of 5.617.

The Tanzania girls were positioned second with two wins and a loss, which have seen them record four points and a net run rate of 1.465.

They opened their campaign with a loss to Zimbabwe but then regrouped to record wins over Nigeria and Mozambique thereafter.

Although Rwanda have tied Tanzania on wins, loss and points, the former have been placed third as they have an inferior net run rate of -0.691.

Nigeria and Mozambique come fourth and fifth respectively in the group. Nigeria girls have recorded one win and two losses, which have seen them collect two points and a net run rate of -1.935.

Mozambique girls have lost all four matches to end their campaign with no point and a net run rate of -3.817.

In Group B, Namibia have already cruised to the final, given they have won three matches to collect six points.

Uganda, Kenya and Sierra Leone have been placed second, third and fourth respectively in the group.

In today’s match, experienced players, Monica Paschal and Fatuma Omary, will have to be in great form to catapult Tanzania to a much-needed victory.

The duo showcased scintillating displays to help their team record an impressive 10-wicket victory over Mozambique, with Fatuma nailing 26 runs not out and Monica notching nine runs not out.

Fatuma is currently placed third in the list of the event’s top run getters, having recorded 97 runs in three innings and an average of 48.50.

She is trailing Zimbabwe duo of Sharne Mayers and Modeste Mupachikwa that have registered 167 runs and 121 runs respectively in three innings.

Monica has been placed ninth in the list with 70 runs in three innings and an average of 70.00.

The Africa regional qualifying tournament for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, which started on May 5, is set to climax on Sunday.

The participating teams are Zimbabwe, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

The tournament is looking to build on an excellent run of African qualifying events of late, after a dramatic U-19 tournament in Namibia, as well as the rapidly approaching Men’s T20 World Cup, Africa Finals tournament in Uganda later this month.

Uganda are the defending champions for the women's tournament, having memorably held off Zimbabwe in Windhoek two years ago.

The hosts will be out to settle that score, and also to do well in front of their home supporters.

As women's cricket continues to flourish in Africa, it is tournaments of this nature that will ensure that the game thrives even further, and this is thus an important week for the region.

The group winners at the end of the week will contest the final, where the winner will seal passage to the Global Qualifiers.

The competition’s champions will secure a place in both ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2020.

Fifteen teams across two regional tournaments are competing for top spot to continue their journey to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 and ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021.

Six teams competing in East Asia Pacific Qualifiers and nine teams taking part in Africa Qualifiers as Road to Australia 2020 and New Zealand 2021 continues.

The ICC Women’s Qualifiers, East Asia Pacific started on May 6 in Vanuatu where 15 T20 internationals are played in the five-day tournament.

Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, PNG, Samoa and Vanuatu are all two steps away from the Australia T20 and New Zealand 50 over World Cups, and will be fighting for top spot to keep their hopes alive.

Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leona, Tanzania, Uganda and hosts Zimbabwe are battling it out in ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa from May 6 for the top spot to continue their journey.

The five regional tournaments act as a dual qualifier for the 27 teams in their pursuit for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers places taking place in Scotland between 31 August and September 7 2019 where they will join Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland and Thailand.

In the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020 they will join confirmed teams Bangladesh, Ireland and Thailand.