Zim and PNG secure spots in Women’s T20 and Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

Zimbabwe (pictured) produced a superb bowling display on home soil to beat Namibia in the final of the ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019 and move another step closer to the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 and Cricket World Cups.

This followed Papua New Guinea, who clinched victory in a winner-takes-all clash against Samoa on the same weekend to finish top of the table at the ICC Women’s Qualifier EAP 2019.

ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019

Zimbabwe topped Group A with a 100 percent record, while Namibia did likewise in Group B to set up a fascinating showpiece in Harare.

The hosts batted first and set a competitive total of 114 for five from their 20 overs, thanks largely to a 66-run second-wicket stand between player of the tournament Sharne Mayers (36 from 44 balls) and Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano (36 from 28 balls).

And the Zimbabwean bowlers then turned the screw in response, as Anesu Mushangwe (3-6), Josephine Nkomo (3-12) and Tasmeen Granger (2-7) made hay to limit Namibia to 64-9 from 20 overs – sealing a 50-run victory.

That means Zimbabwe have qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Scotland and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020 – putting them just one step away from both World Cups.

Zimbabwe captain, Mary-Anne Musonda, was ecstatic to see the hard work of her team pay off in such style.

“I’m happy we won the tournament. It’s overwhelming. We had worked hard to prepare for this tournament.

“Having lost in 2017, we had to rethink our approach and prepare sufficiently in every aspect of the game. I’m glad the hard work paid off.

“In preparation for Scotland [the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019], more hard work is required. We play tougher teams there, hence our preparations will have to be pitched at a higher level to meet the competition we will face. I have no doubt that the team is willing to put in the hard work.”

Zimbabwe had beaten Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and Mozambique to top Group A, with Tanzania finishing second with three wins from four.

Meanwhile in Group B, Namibia’s 14-run victory over Uganda proved decisive as both teams beat Kenya and Sierra Leone – setting up the entertaining final.

ICC Women’s Qualifier EAP 2019

In the round-robin tournament with Vanuatu, Indonesia, Japan and Fiji, both PNG and Samoa won their first four games to set up the decisive clash in Port Vila, where PNG successfully chased down their target of 83.

That means the Pacific Island nation qualify to represent their region at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020.

PNG captain, Kaia Arua, who took the most wickets in the competition with 12, was incredibly proud to reach the next stage of the qualification pathway.

“I would like to thank all of PNG for their support. It’s very emotional. It’s a dream come true.

“We always wanted to win here because it’s the next step in qualifying for the T20 and 50-over World Cups, so I thought we did well. It didn’t happen with just one person – it was the whole team working together and I am very proud of them.

“It means a lot to the team. It’s the first time for a lot of them coming to a tournament like this and I know that they’re very happy that we won these games.

“I just want to thank them, even if they weren’t playing, they were giving all their support. I also want to thank the coaches and everyone that is behind our success. We wouldn’t have made it without them. I am very grateful.”

Hosts Vanuatu finished third in the table with three wins from five games, with Indonesia fourth, Japan fifth and Fiji rounding off the table.

Zimbabwe and PNG can now turn their attentions to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier taking place in Scotland between 31 August and 7 September 2019 – where they will join Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland and Thailand in the latest stop on the road to Australia.

Then next year, they will be eyeing a spot in the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020, alongside confirmed teams Bangladesh, Ireland and Thailand. Further information can be found here.

All teams at both events were also competing to climb the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings.

ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019 final standings

Group A

Team Played Won Lost No result Points NNR
Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 8 5.899
Tanzania 4 3 1 0 6 1.575
Rwanda 4 2 2 0 4 -0.995
Nigeria 4 1 3 0 2 -2.715
Mozambique 4 0 4 0 0 -3.817

Group B

Team Played Won Lost No result Points NNR
Namibia 3 3 0 0 6 1.650
Uganda 3 2 1 0 4 1.333
Kenya 3 1 2 0 2 1.050
Sierra Leone 3 0 3 0 0 -4.231

Final

Zimbabwe won by 50 runs at Harare Sports Club,

Zimbabwe 114/5, 20 overs (Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano 36, Sharne Mayers 36; Kayleen Green 2/22)

Namibia 64/9, 20 overs (Sune Wittmann 18; Anesu Mushangwe 3/6, Josephine Nkomo 3/12)

ICC Women’s Qualifier EAP 2019 EAP Final Standings

Team Played Won Lost No result Points NNR
PNG 5 5 0 0 10 2.954
Samoa 5 4 1 0 8 1.219
Vanuatu 5 3 2 0 6 0.216
Indonesia 5 2 3 0 4 0.140
Japan 5 1 4 0 2 -1.296
Fiji 5 0 5 0 0 -4.052
ICC Women’s qualifiers 2019  
Event Teams Dates and Location
ICC Women’s Qualifier Asia 2019 China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand (Q), UAE 18-27 February Thailand
ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019 Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe (Q) 5-12 May Zimbabwe
ICC Women’s Qualifier EAP 2019 Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, PNG(Q), Samoa, Vanuatu 6-11 May Vanuatu
ICC Women’s Qualifier Americas 2019 Canada, USA 17-19 May USA
ICC Women’s Qualifier Europe 2019 Germany, Netherlands, Scotland 24-30 June Spain

ABOUT THE ICC WOMEN’S QUALIFIERS 2019

· 27 teams will take part in the regional qualifiers, with one team per region qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2020.

· All matches played in the ICC Women’s Qualifiers 2019 will be T20 Internationals – www.cricketworld.com

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