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Action hots up in Harare as Namibia cruise into final

Rwanda batter Nyirankundineza celebrates
Impressive hosts Zimbabwe had an extra rest day, but there was still plenty of drama on the third day of the ICC Women’s Qualifier, Africa 2019 on Wednesday.
  • Rwanda defeat Mozambique in final over thriller
  • Aweko bags 4 wickets in 5 deliveries to deny Kenya
  • Tanzania thump Nigeria at Takashinga to open account
  • Namibia make light work of Sierra Leone to book spot in Sunday’s final 

Concy Aweko helped herself to a hat-trick to seal a tense victory for Uganda over rivals Kenya, while the match of the day was undoubtedly between Rwanda and Mozambique. Rwanda prevailed by just one wicket - and three balls to spare, to snatch a remarkable encounter.

Mozambique had posted 137 for six, thanks to Eulalia Moiane and skipper Palmira Cuinica both scoring 48 at the top of the order. Cristina Magaia looked well set on 20 before she was run out, and that untimely demise may have cost Mozambique the few extra runs they needed.

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Women's Qualifier 2019 – Africa: Rwanda vs Mozambique pre-match interviews

In the chase, Henriette Ishimwe (48) was the glue, until she was run out on the first ball of the final over, with three runs still required for victory. Mozambique couldn't find that final scalp, and were left to rue 23 extras on the scorecard, as Rwanda scrambled home for a famous win.

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Women's Qualifier 2019 – Africa: P Cuinica rattles the stumps

In other action, Tanzania overwhelmed Nigeria by 86 runs, after half-centuries from Fatuma Kibasu (70) and Monica Pascal (61 not out) had seen them reach 156 for one. Nigeria were then bowled out for 70, with top-scorer Samantha Agazuma the last to fall, off the final ball of the innings.

Fatuma Kibasu and Monica Pascal of Tanzania walk out to bat
Fatuma Kibasu and Monica Pascal of Tanzania walk out to bat

In Group B, Uganda and Kenya served up another tight contest, with the defending champions prevailing by just four runs. Concy Aweko took a hat-trick with the last three balls of the match, as Kenya tried in vain to get the seven runs required to win.

Uganda's 100 for five, on a slow pitch, was made competitive by Immaculate Nakisuuyi, who struck 30 from 25 balls. Rila Musamali's 18 not out, and Stephanie Nampina's 12 not out as a number 11, were also vital in the final analysis.

The Kenyan chase started very positively, with S Kinyua (40) and V Abuga (27) adding 48 for the first wicket. Once they perished, however, the going got much tougher for the East Africans.

Aweko finished with figures of four for 12, including wickets off the second, fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries of the final over of another engaging match.

In the final match of the day, Sierra Leone and Namibia met with the Southern African’s needing a victory to qualify for Sunday’s final. Sierra Leone posted 74 for eight batting first, with no batter making any headway. Marike Short helped herself to three for 10 with the ball.

Chasing 75, Namibia needed just 12.2 overs to get the job done, without losing a wicket. Adri van der Merwe continued her excellent form thus far with 25 not out, while Kayleen Green notched a breezy 36 not out.

With Group B done and dusted, tomorrow’s fixture’s see Tanzania play Mozambique at Takashinga while Zimbabwe face Rwanda at Old Hararian’s looking to tighten their grip on Group A.

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Scores in brief:

Group A

Mozambique v Rwanda
Mozambique 137 for six ( P Cuinica 48, E Moiane 48, M Bimenyimana three for 21)
Rwanda 138 for nine (H Ishimwe 48, C Murrombe three for 27)
Rwanda won by one wicket

Tanzania v Nigeria
Tanzania 156 for one (F Kibasu 70, M Pascal 61 not out)
Nigeria 70 all out (S Agazuma 23, N Tindo four for 8)
Tanzania won by 86 runs.

Group B

Uganda v Kenya
Uganda 100 for five (I Nakisuuyi 30)
Kenya 96 for seven (S Kinyua 40, V Abuga 27, C Aweko four for 12)
Uganda won by four runs

Namibia v Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone 74 for eight ( M Short three for 10)
Namibia 75 without loss (K Green 36 not out, A van der Merwe 25 not out)
Namibia won by ten wickets


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