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Southerns end regional one day matches on a high – The Herald

Southerns end regional one day matches on a high

Brandon Moyo

AFTER two consecutive defeats in the Zimbabwe Cricket Women regional matches, Southerns cricket team managed to end the series on a high note, winning the last match at Old Hararians Cricket Club on Friday.

The victory on Friday helped them avoid a 3-0 whitewash and salvage something from the series after the Northerns had dominated the first two opening games. They registered a thumping 112 runs win.

After they were asked to bat first, the Southerns’ batters managed to step up in the series finale, finishing on 266 runs all out in 45,4 overs before their bowlers stood up in the match’s second innings to bowl out the Northerns for just 154 runs in 31,5 overs.

It was a brilliant all round performance from the Southerns where the bowlers managed to complement the batters’s effort.

The Southerns managed to put up a good first wicket partnership of 67 runs before the series leading run scorer, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano fell for 31 runs off 33 deliveries. Mugeri-Tiripano’s opening partner, Modester Mupachikwa top scored for the Southerns with a well played 63 runs off 71 balls while Ashley Ndiraya fell one run shot of her half century on 49 runs after facing 50 balls to help guide their side to a defendable total.

Mitchel Mavunga put up yet another brilliant spell with the ball for the Northerns, claiming a five wicket haul. Mavunga finished with impressive figures of 5/46 in 7,4 overs while Adelle Zimunu took two wickets for 31 runs in her five over spell. Kelis Ndhlovu and Tasmeen Granger took one wicket each.

In their defense, it was Nyasha Gwanzura who put up a brilliant spell with the ball to help her team secure victory and avoid a whitewash. Gwanzura finished with figures of 4/33 in 7,5 overs while Beloved Biza had another outstanding performance with the ball for the Southerns, claiming three wickets for just 17 runs in five overs. Kudzai Chigora took two wickets while Josephine Nkomo took the other wicket that fell.

Pellagia Mujaji’s gallant half century was not enough to see the team through. She fell for 53 runs off 60 deliveries while captain, Mary Anne-Musonda scored 49 runs from 46 balls. Zimunu went on to pppscore 19 runs and the trio were the only ones who managed to cross double figures.

The series featured Zimbabwe Cricket’s finest female cricketers.

In the first match, the Northerns won by 22 runs after they had scored 217/8 in 50 overs and bowled out their opponents for 195 runs in 37,5 overs. In the second game, where there was all to play for, the Northerns managed to seal the series after a four wickets win. The Northerns bowled out the Southerns for 246 runs in 50 overs before they went on to chase down the target in 40,5 overs, finishing on 247/6

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Harry Tector admits World Cup will be ‘hard to watch’ after Ireland’s … – PlanetSport

Ireland would have booked their spot in India had they beaten Bangladesh in all three ODIs in the final assignment of the World Cup Super League qualifying tournament, but they lost the series 2-0 in May.

A separate qualifying tournament for those who finished outside the World Cup Super League’s top eight was held in Zimbabwe the following month but Ireland disappointingly limped out at the group stage.

Tector, who registered two 50-plus scores in four matches in Bulawayo in June, has moved on from the disappointment but having to watch the World Cup, starting next month, from home will prove difficult.

“It’s going to be hard to watch at times but I think I’ve dealt with the fact we’ll not be there,” he said.

“It will be bitterly disappointing to not be there but we didn’t deserve to be there – we didn’t win enough games in the Super League and then we didn’t play well in Zimbabwe. We had our chances.

“It will be a tough watch but it will be a great tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.”

Tector averages an impressive 50.06 from 39 ODIs, while he is set for his 40th appearance in the format in the last game of England’s summer schedule, with Ireland bidding to rebound from their weekend loss.

England went 1-0 up in the series – after last week’s washout at Headingley – with a 48-run win at Trent Bridge, where Tector made 39 before a bottom edge off leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed flew high into the air and Will Jacks took an excellent catch running back from mid-off.

“I probably would have backed myself trying to hit that for six but it just came off the toe of the bat and went a bit high in the air. It was a good catch in the end,” Tector added.

“It was disappointing to get in then get out but that’s the nature of cricket.

“The challenge I set myself is how can I put in match-winning performances? Averaging 50 is great but it’s not the be all and end all.

“I’m just trying to get better as a cricketer and put in match-winning performances for Ireland.”

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Kumar Dharmasena, Nitin Menon To Be Umpires In Cricket World Cup 2023 Opener. Check Full List Of Match Officials – ABP Live

On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will do the on-field duties for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 season opener between England and New Zealand, which is slated to take place on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

“Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will be the on-field umpires for the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between England and New Zealand,” said a statement from ICC.

The opening clash between England and New Zealand, will see a repeat of the thrilling final four years ago where Dharmasena and Menon will be assisted by TV umpire Paul Wilson, fourth umpire Shahid Saikat and match referee Javagal Srinath. This is the first time that Menon will be standing in his first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match. Shahid will also become the first from Bangladesh to do the umpiring duties in the competition.

Alongside Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough will also be returning, after serving in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals in the past, in 2019 and 2015, respectively. ICC also confirmed the match referees as the likes of Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath are set to grace the event.

The World Cup 2023 is slated to take place in India from October 5. The Indian team will start their campaign by playing against Australia on October 8.

Full list of match officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

Umpires: Chris Brown (New Zealand), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Christopher Gaffaney (New Zealand), Michael Gough (England), Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nitin Menon (India), Ahsan Raza (Pakistan), Paul Reiffel (Australia), Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid (Bangladesh), Rodney Tucker (Australia), Alex Wharf (England), Joel Wilson (West Indies) and Paul Wilson (Australia).

Match Referees: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie Richardson (West Indies) and Javagal Srinath (India).

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Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup – ICC Women’s World Cup

Sri Lanka provide fitness update on Hasaranga ahead of World Cup

Monday 25 September

Mon 25 September

Sri Lanka are holding out hope that star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga can still play a role during the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

Hasaranga is still battling the hamstring injury he picked up during last month’s playoffs of the Lankan Premier League and the 26-year-old sat out Sri Lanka’s recent Asia Cup campaign that saw them finish as runner-up.

While Sri Lanka know that time is running out for Hasaranga to prove his fitness prior to their World Cup opener against South Africa in Delhi on October 7, the team are still exploring every avenue to allow the right-armer to feature at the 50-over showcase.

“We are consulting foreign doctors to see whether he needs surgery or not. If he does, he will be out for at least three months. At the moment, the situation is not that great and it’s highly unlikely if he can play the World Cup,” Sri Lanka medical panel head Arjuna de Silva told The Sunday Times newspaper in Sri Lanka.

“Since he is a key weapon in our attack, we are looking at other options to see how best we can get his services at least for important games. All that depends on the opinions of the consultant to whom we are trying to show his reports.”

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Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga became just the second bowler to take three consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

If Hasaranga was to miss the entire World Cup then the team’s bowling stocks would be severely depleted given his capabilities of performing well on the big stage.

Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker at the two most recent editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and also topped the wicket charts during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe earlier in the year.

Sri Lanka are one of just two teams yet to name their squad for this year’s World Cup, with the Asian side and Bangladesh having until September 28 to submit their final group of 15 players to the ICC for the tournament.

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