Musonda boost for Zim ladies

HARARE - Zimbabwe women cricket team got a major boost with the availability of experienced batsman Marry-Anne Musonda for the limited overs series against Ireland starting today at Harare’s Country Club in Highlands.

The three-match 50 overs series gets the bilateral series rolling at Country Club this morning. The other matches will be played at St George’s College in Harare and will be preceded by the five-match Twenty20 series.

The 26-year-old missed the ICC Women World T20 Africa Qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia together with former captain Sharne Mayers.

Zimbabwe lost to Uganda in the final of the five-nation tournament having beaten them convincingly in the round-robin stage.

Though she will be with the national women’s team temporarily as she will be heading back to South Africa to sit for her exams, head coach Adam Chifo is confident Musonda will provide the fire-power needed against a strong Irish side.

“It’s a big boost but she is only available for two ODIs then she goes for exams in South Africa and in addition to that we have had good preparations so we are as ready as we can be,” Chifo told the Daily News yesterday.

After accounting for Ireland 2-1 in South Africa last year during the team’s preparations for the World T20 Qualifiers which ended in heartbreak Chifo said he hopes to emulate the same heroics.

“They have brought a stronger side than the one we played, they have included a couple of players who have been playing in the Australian Big Bash woman's league and some who play in England...but that will not intimidate us,” he said.
Seasoned campaigners Ashely Ndiraya, Josephine Nkomo and Tasmeen Granger will all be playing in the discomfort of their injuries.

“We also have a few injuries including Ndiraya who got injured during our Namibia tour she hasn’t recovered 100 per cent, Granger is still nursing shoulder while Nkomo is still carrying an ankle niggle,” Chifo said.


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