The Zimbabwe under-19 women’s team retained their crown at the fifth edition of the annual Four Nations tournament in Botswana.
Just as they did last year when they won all four of the matches they played at the same tournament, Zimbabwe finished this year’s tournament unbeaten after winning the three matches they played in the Botswana capital, Gaborone.
In their first match, the Zimbabwe under-19 side beat Namibia by seven wickets. They then played against Mozambique and again displayed dominance with a clinical 279-run victory.
After having been put in to bat first, Zimbabwe amassed 310 runs for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 40 overs. Josephine Nkomo top-scored with 82 runs while Loreen Tshuma chipped in with 58 runs.
The Zimbabwe bowling attack carried on with their good form in the tournament as they bundled Mozambique out for a paltry 31 runs in 21.2 overs. Nomvelo Sibanda was the chief destroyer with three wickets for 11 runs in six overs.
Zimbabwe then played against Botswana and the host nation could not put up a score of any substance after being put in to bat first, as they were bowled out for 40 runs in 29.3 overs.
Rumbidzai Nhire proved too good for Botswana’s batting line up as she picked up four wickets for just four runs in six overs. In reply, Zimbabwe needed just seven overs to chase down the target as the opening duo of Modester Mupachikwa (19*) and Josephine Nkomo (16*) ensured a 10-wicket win.
Josephine Nkomo was rewarded for her stellar performances as she was named batter of the tournament for her 120 runs, which included a top score of 82.
Nkomo also walked away with the player of the tournament accolade in light of her all-round performance: 120 runs with the bat and three wickets with the ball.
Results Zimbabwe under-19 versus Mozambique Zimbabwe – 310 for three in 40 overs (Josephine Nkomo 82, Loreen Tshuma 58) Mozambique – 31 all out in 21.2 overs (Nomvelo Sibanda 3/11) Zimbabwe won by 279 runs. Zimbabwe under-19 versus Botswana Botswana – 40 all out in 29.3 overs (Rumbidzai Nhire 4/4) Zimbabwe – 43 without loss in 7 overs (Modester Mupachikwa 19*) Zimbabwe won by 10 wickets.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen: members of the media.
Thank you for coming to my inaugural news conference as Zimbabwe Cricket chairman.
I am leading a board with 12 other members. I am lucky in that half of the board is young and the other half older so we will benefit from both generations. The board is also a welcome mix of people with extensive cricket knowledge and experience in the various aspects of the game and others with academic, administrative and commercial backgrounds.
We are ready, available and able to deliver.
We have already bowled the first ball. The board met on the day of the annual general meeting to elect the chairman and deputy. As you have written, my deputy is Mr Sylvester Matshaka – a veteran administrator, a veteran board member, a veteran educationist.
We are not starting a new ZC. We have inherited from the previous administration. Any talk of a coup, suspicious takeover or something like that is obviously not true.
And because our coming in is routine as per the ZC constitution that says elections every ICC Cricket World Cup year, any fears of retribution or revenge against those who have lost are unfounded and therefore unfortunate. We have no time for witch-hunting because we came in through the ballot which means that we made promises to the electorate in return for their votes. We need to deliver on those promises otherwise come next election, the electorate will not trust us again with their votes.
We are a new administration, chosen for our strategic views and principles. But there will not be change for change’s sake. We will continue with what works. We will discontinue what time has proved to be a failure. We will review what we have concerns over and, based on the findings, amend or terminate.
We will put cricket first. And putting cricket first means beginning at the beginning. That beginning is development. No one is born a cricketer and so we need to develop them.
We will work on the grassroots, age-groups up to under-19, clubs and provincial structures so that we have continuous throughput for the senior national teams.
We need national teams that are ranked high enough on the ICC tables so that we automatically qualify for global tournaments but then the higher you want your structure to be, the stronger you must make your foundation, otherwise the whole thing will just crumble.
And so cricket first means respect for the production line: input, processing and then output.
Transparency. Interaction. Interfacing. These are not just modern buzzwords. More than just continuing with getting the game to the people, my administration will work on getting the game to the people in terms of governance.
It is your game. You pay to watch it. That ticket revenue helps us to run your game. You can help us in other ways too: with your input, your suggestions, your constructive criticism. After all, no one has a monopoly on wisdom!
My administration will tackle head on what has to be tackled so that at any given point, the first item on the agenda is cricket.
Issues such as racism have no place on our agenda and instead of allowing them to side-track us from the game, will be dealt with as soon as they are raised - without fear or favour of who the complainant or the accused is.
Cricket first means we should deliver for the game. Talent scouts must bring it to the development coaches who must work with that talent and hand it over to the next stage until we have a Zimbabwe team that wins more than just the toss.
Our publics expect more than just 11 players crossing the rope, going through the motions and ending up on the same losing end all the time. Of course we will lose. Everyone loses. All of you are cricket stakeholders and so have been following the Ashes. You know what happened.
And so we will demand of those we entrust with our teams that on our good days we should come out with good results and then on bad days, accept if we unfortunately do badly. The technical staff are not miracle workers and so we do not expect them to deliver miracles.
But if you tell us during your job interview that you can transform our fortunes on the international stage, then when we give you the job on that basis you need to transform our fortunes. Otherwise we will be left with no option but to transform your contract. Is that not logical?
My administration will work to enhance elite performance. As much as we will sway focus to development, we will not ignore the national teams as these are flagships and, if performing well, the beacons which will generate revenue from sponsorship, gates and market-value TV rights.
More revenue means more resources for development which means more employment around and in downstream industries. More revenue means more tours which means more match fees for players, more entertainment for spectators, more communication platforms for commerce and industry and more fixtures for journalists.
I have said we are putting cricket first. This means that we will work with all those who do the same – regardless of their race, gender and political persuasion.
Sport is a unifier and cricket should be no less.
Ladies and gentlemen, through your newspapers, websites and television and radio stations, I am inviting all persons of goodwill to work with us so that as we build a bigger, better global game as full members of the ICC, we also build a bigger, better, national game that will do Zimbabwe and all Zimbabweans proud.
Zimbabwe all-rounder Malcolm Waller has been cleared to bowl again, by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
An ICC news release today said that Waller’s bowling action has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket.
The 30-year-old was initially reported after the second Test against hosts Bangladesh in Khulna in November last year and, following an independent assessment carried out in December, was found to be bowling his off-spin deliveries with an illegal action.
Waller underwent a re-assessment of his bowling action following remedial work at the University of Pretoria.
The ICC statement pointed out that the review showed that the amount of elbow extension in Waller’s off-spin deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions.
The umpires can still report Waller in the future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action, or that he is not reproducing the action that has been declared legal during this assessment.
Waller will captain of the Zimbabwe President’s XI in the Africa Twenty20 Cup tournament, which will be in South Africa from the 4th of September to the 4th of October.
Upcoming junior cricketers in Zimbabwe will converge in Harare over the schools holidays, to participate in a series of tournaments that are part of the Zimbabwe Cricket development pipeline.
The Stragglers Cricket Week for the under-11 and under-13 age-groups will run from Monday the 24th to Friday the 28th of August at Hartmann House.
The Stragglers week is a major stepping stone in a young cricketer’s career. It is the first phase that many young men go through in their quest for the ultimate goal of wearing the national team jersey someday.
The high schools cricket festival will be held from Monday the 31st of August to Wednesday the 2nd of September and various schools in Harare will be used as venues.
Most of the members of the current national squad took part in this week and got their first taste of competitive cricket in this tournament.