Japan Women – 58 all out in 18.4 overs
(S. Miyaji 9, M. Yanagida 8; S. Saili 3-15, J. Nkomo 2-9)
Zimbabwe Women 59 for 7 in 16 overs
(P. Marange 13, L. Tshuma 12; M. Yanagida 4-5)
Zimbabwe Women won by 3 wickets (with 24 balls remaining)
Two days after beating Thailand by 29 runs to qualify for the Shield side of the International Cricket Council Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland, they beat Japan in the first Shield semi-final.
After winning the toss, the Zimbabwe women chose to field in the match played at The Village, Malahide, in Dublin.
Japan struggled with the bat and none of them managed to get out of single digits. Their best effort was a nine from captain Shizuka Miyaji and then eight from Mai Yanagida, on their way to 58 runs in 18.4 overs.
Sharyce Saili was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers, claiming three wickets for 15 runs in her four overs. Josephine Nkomo got two for nine in three overs, and Tasmeen Granger, Precious Marange and Christabel Chatonzwa picked up one each.
Chasing, Precious Marange top-scored for Zimbabwe with 13 runs before she was caught by Atsuoko Suda from the bowling of Yanagida who finished with four wickets for five runs in four overs for player of the match status.
Opener Loren Tshuma added 12 runs, to help Zimbabwe reach their victory target with 24 balls remaining.