Passionate display with bat and ball from Zimbabwean all-rounder Loreen Tshuma provided the home team with a 3-wicket victory over SA Emerging Women in the third T20 match to take a 2-1 lead in the six-match series, at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 22 November, 2023.
Winning the toss, SA Emerging decided to have a bat first on the sunny afternoon in the capital. Opening batter Andrie Steyn lost her wicket early in the innings for just 7 (9).
Annerie Dercksen 27 (28) with four fours and Lara Goodall 25 (32) with two fours fought hard to put runs on the board, as the destruction of Josephine Nkomo made inroads into the SA top-order.
Eliz-Mari Marx 19 (16) hit four fours and an unbeaten effort of 10* (14) from Jenna Evans saw the visitors post a respectable total of 105/9 in their allotted overs.
It was an impeccable bowling spell from Loreen Tshuma that saw the demise of SA middle-order, taking the wickets of Marx and Tebogo Macheke in consecutive balls before returning in her last over to dislodge Leah Jones and Jane Winster.
Tshuma finished off with an impressive 4/21 with a solid contribution from Josephine Nkomo on 2/13.
In response Zimbabwe suffered a stop-and-start effect in the top order, as the SA bowling attack sent the four top order batters hobbling back to the change-room by the seventh over, and the home side languishing on 24/3.
Kelis Ndlovu 23 (30) with two fours and Ashley Ndiraya 34 (30) with four fours, pushed back at the SA bowling unit. But in a miraculous bowling spell from Leah Jones took a sensational hat-trick to swing the match back into the visitors favour.
In a brilliant counter-attack and an unbeaten batting effort from Tshuma 24* (18) with two fours and Nomvelo Sibanda 7* (7) one four, saw the home team reach 106/7 with 9 balls to spare and claim the 2-1 lead in the series.
Leah Jones was the pick of SA Emerging bowling unit with 3/16 and Tumi Sekhukhune contributed with 2/19.
SA Women Emerging Squad vs Zimbabwe:
Mieke de Ridder
Zimbabwe v SA Emerging Women T20 Fixtures
19 November: 1st T20 – Zimbabwe lose to SA Emerging Women by 8 wickets
20 November: 2nd T20 – Zimbabwe beat SA Emerging Women by 6 wickets
22 November: 3rd T20 – Zimbabwe beat SA Emerging Women by 3 wickets
24 November, 12h00 CAT: 4th T20 – Zimbabwe v SA Emerging Women (Takashinga Sports Club, Harare)
26 November, 12h00 CAT: 5th T20 – Zimbabwe v SA Emerging Women (Takashinga Sports Club, Harare)
27 November, 12h00 CAT: 6th T20 – Zimbabwe v SA Emerging Women (Takashinga Sports Club, Harare)
Main Photo Caption: Passionate display with the bat and ball by all-rounder Loreen Tshuma saw Zimbabwe to a 3-wicket victory over SA Emerging Women in the third T20 match in Harare on Wednesday, to take a 2-1 lead in the six-match series. Photo: Zimbabwe Women’s Cricket on X
Photo 2 Caption: Annerie Dercksen, Lara Goodall, Eliz-Mari Marx and Jenna Evans combined for the visitors to post a respectable total of 105/9 in their allotted overs, but hosts Zimbabwe’s thirst for the win was stronger. Photo: Zimbabwe Women’s Cricket on X