05 December 2015
Mugeri takes Zimbabwe to last-over win against Scotland
Winner finishes third in Trophy division; Thailand beats Netherlands to clinch third place (Shield) playoff
Zimbabwe Women notch up a three-wicket win over Scotland Women with one ball to spare after Chipo Mugeri, the captain, came up with a stellar effort late in the game.
Opting to field at Asian Institute of Technology ground in Bangkok, Zimbabwe was able to keep Scotland down to 94 for 4 with Mugeri returning 2 for 17.
Zimbabwe struggled at the start of its chase, slipping to 12 for 2, but Mugeri’s 51-run stand with Pellagia Mujaji (18) stabilised the innings before five wickets fell in a clutch, and had it not been for Mugeri’s exploits in the final over, the game would have gone Scotland’s way.
Facing up to Kathryn Bryce, the medium pacer, with 14 runs needed from six balls, Mugeri took twos off the first couple of deliveries, hit a four off the third, and ran another couple of twos to tie the score before Bryce bowled a no-ball to hand the game to Zimbabwe. Mugeri ended unbeaten on 47 from 59 balls with two boundaries.
Kirstie Gordon was the pick of the bowlers for Scotland with 3 for 21.
Across at Terdthai Cricket Ground, where the third-place playoff (Shield) was on, Thailand Women was clinical in its win over Netherlands Women.
Thailand’s decision to field bore fruit as its bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals to put the brakes on the Netherlands scoring. Netherlands managed to reach 70 before being bowled out in 19 overs, with Soraya Lateh (2-20) and Sornnarin Tippoch (2-11) doing well with the ball. Sterre Kalis top scored for Netherlands with a 28-ball 21.
Thanks to Naruemol Chaiwai, the captain, Thailand got off to a rollicking start as it raced to 42 before Sirintra Saengsakaorat, the other opener, fell to Esther de Lange.
But Thailand barely broke a sweat after that as Nattaya Boochatham held her end up with an unbeaten 14, while Chaiwai finished not out on 34 from 51 deliveries to guide Thailand past the finish line in 14.1 overs.
The Trophy final between Bangladesh Women and Ireland Women will be played later in the evening, as will the Shield final between China Women and Papua New Guinea Women.