Netherlands Women – 95 for 7 in 20 overs:
(T. van der Gun 28 – retired hurt, M. Veringmeier 15, E.L.T. de Lange 10*; S. Mayers 3/14)
Zimbabwe Women – 92 for 9 in 20 overs:
(N.Nyathi 30*, A. Burdett 23; L.K. Bennett 3/15, C.C. van Slobbe 2/24, M. Kornet 2/27)
Netherlands Women won by 3 runs.
A player of the match performance by Nonhlanhla Nyathi was not enough to get Zimbabwe Women to the victory target, in their International Cricket Council Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier match in Ireland on Tuesday.
The Southern Rocks batsman top-scored with an unbeaten 30 runs from 35 balls, that included two fours, as Zimbabwe were chasing 96 after having won the toss and chosen to field.
Unfortunately, Nyathi’s effort was not complemented by any of her team-mates, with captain Ashley Burdett the only other Zimbabwe batsman to go into double figures.
The rest found the Netherlands bowling too much to deal with as Leonie Bennett claimed three wickets for 15 runs, Cher van Slobbe two for 24 and Mandy Kornet two for 27.
Tessa van der Gun had anchored the Netherlands innings before she retired hurt in the 11th over, with her side 59 for two. She made 28 runs, with four fours. Support came from Miranda Veringmeier who put up 15 before she was run out and Esther de Lange, 10 not out.
For Zimbabwe, Shane Mayers took three wickets for 14 runs in her four overs. Christabel Chatonzwa, Pellagia Mujaji and Sharyce Saili picked up one each.
Zimbabwe’s next match is against Pakistan Women on Thursday, and then after that Thailand Women on Saturday, ending their group campaign.