Zimbabwe Women’s Deputy Captain Josephine Nkomo followed her skipper’s exploits by scoring an undefeated 70 in an 80-point defeat to Ireland Women in an ODI on Wednesday.
Nkomo’s effort was made even more impressive by the fact that he played a lot with tailenders.
Zimbabwe won the draw and chose to pitch first.
Ireland got off to a fast and steady start with forerunners Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul putting together 135 points for the opening wicket. Lewis would eventually go for 65 pitched by Nkomo, who also impressed with the ball.
Amy Hunter didn’t last long and was removed by Esther Mbofana, previously trapped in the leg.
Laura Delaney then joined Paul for a 67 partnership. Delaney then fell 35 to Loreen Tshuma.
Paul finally set out, five years after his first century, to Precious Marange.
Ireland recorded a whopping score of 286 out of seven.
Nkomo returned one for 33 and Marange one for 38.
The response from Zimbabwe was contained and the opening stand was 21 in 10.2 over. Modester Mupachikwa was the first to go or nine when she was sold out for nine. Chiedza Dhururu started in the next over for 14, detached from Cara Murray.
Skipper Mary-Anne Musonda could not repeat the heroism of the first ODI when she was four times removed by Murray.
When Ashley Ndiraya was up for 27, the score was 81 and five wickets had gone with 24.1 overs still in the bank.
Nkomo negotiated the rest of the innings, the biggest partnership being 69 for the ninth wicket with Nomvelo Sibanda scoring 27. It is the second highest in women’s ODI history for the ninth wicket.
Zimbabwe would eventually earn 206 for losing nine wickets in their 50 overs.
Murray took three for 56 and Celeste Raack two for 26.
Psychologically it was important for Zimbabwe to reach 200 points. The series is now well organized with both teams still having a shout out to the series. There are still two games left for Saturday and Monday in the same venue.
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