SA women extend helping hand

HARARE - Cricket powerhouse South Africa has extended a helping hand towards Zimbabwe’s quest to qualify for the 2014 Women Twenty20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh.

The South Africans returned home yesterday after a successful week-long tour of Zimbabwe, where they won both one-day matches and Twenty20s.

Both teams were preparing for the World Cup qualification tournament in Ireland in July.

South Africa coach Hilton Moreeng confided with his Zimbabwean counterpart Leonard Nhamburo, who was taking care of the team on an interim basis, that the locals have potential to play at the highest level given enough exposure.

 “It was pleasing to note the South African coach saw the potential in our team and rightly figured out that lack of game time was our Achilles’ heel,” Nhamburo told the Daily News yesterday.

“He (Moreeng) said resources permitting; the team was welcome to stop over in SA for a couple of games enroute to Ireland in July before both sides depart for the qualifiers as a unit.”

 Zimbabwe played second fiddle in all departments to the South African emerging sides that had just a few national team regulars.

“We were not expecting much from the series in terms of results, it was a learning curve for us considering that we had less than four days to prepare while our counterparts on the contrary are always active, playing against quality international opposition.

 “We are thankful for the series because it exposed a lot of shortcomings that the team intend to work on before Ireland in July.”

 Meanwhile, all-rounder Precious Marange has been ruled out for six weeks after she injured her thumb while attempting a catch at mid-off during the final ODI at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

 The off-spinner joins captain Sharne Mayers on the injury list.

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