Mayers, Musonda miss out

HARARE - Zimbabwe get their ICC Women World T20 Africa Qualifiers campaign up and running against hosts Namibia in Windhoek this afternoon without two key players; Sharne Mayers and Mary-Anne Musonda.

The team arrived in Windhoek from a successful tour of South Africa where they won six out of the eight games they played against that country’s provincial sides.

The five-nation qualifiers featuring Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe kicked off yesterday with the hosts taking on Uganda at Wanderers Cricket Ground.

Zimbabwe will get to play their first game today against Namibia at 2pm looking to build from their series victory at home against the same opponents last month.

Only the top team will proceed to the December Global Qualifiers to fight for the right to participate at the 2018 World Cup scheduled for West Indies.

However, Musonda and Mayers were the star performers for Zimbabwe when they thrashed Ireland by six wickets in a 50 overs quadrangular series in South Africa in May that also involved India.

The locals chased down Ireland’s 209 runs with 18 balls to spare and Musonda finished unbeaten on 65 while Mayers was also not out with 46 runs.

Zimbabwe coach Adam Chifo said morale is high in the camp after a good week in South Africa and they would not let the absence of the duo hamper their tournament.

“We have had the best of preparations playing against Namibia and the South African provincial sides and the girls are ready to make that experience count in these qualifiers because it is one thing to have good preparations and another to perform at the highest level,” Chifo told the Daily News.

“It is unfortunate to be missing the services of Sharne to injury and Mary-Anne who has varsity commitments but I’m glad that the rest of the squad have tried to read not much into their absence and if the performance in South Africa is anything to go by then we shouldn’t be worried too much about that.

“They remain vital members of the squad and hopefully they will join us at some stage as we endeavour to reach the World Cup and that journey begins here with these Qualifiers.”

Zimbabwe women squad: Chipo Mugeri, Precious Marange, Modester Mupachikwa, Pellagia Mujaji, Ashley Ndiraya, Anesu Mushangwe, Tasmeen Granger, Loreen Tshuma, Esther Mbofana, Nomatter Mutasa, Josephine Nkomo, Nomvelo Sibanda, Chiyedza Dhururu, Francisca Chipare.

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