Zimbabwe women’s cricket held their nerves to record a five wicket victory in the first Twenty20 match against Ireland with two balls to spare at Newlands Country Club.
After having won the toss and chosen to field Zimbabwe had to wait until the end of the fifth over to get rid of Una Raymond-Hoey with the score on 30. She as on 13.
Captain May Waldron kept things together until she fell off the bowling of Anesu Mushangwe for 34 with Ireland on 71-3.
A big score was still possible but the Zimbabwean bowls held things back as well as and Ireland were only able to make 101-7 off their 20 overs.
Zimbabwe’s opening partnership between Modester Mupachikwa (18) and Ashley Ndiraya (32) was steady before Mupachikwa fell after 9.2 overs with the hosts on 46.
Zimbabwe got partnerships together and bar for Mushangwe, layers made runs.
The run rate was kept the tie close and after Mushangwe was dismissed with 7 runs to win and 9 balls.
Zimbabwe held on and captain Chipo Mugeri scoring the winning runs with a four. She made 31.
The next match is on Saturday at the same venue.