Zimbabwe: Mountaineers Women Win Fifty50 Challenge

MOUNTAINEERS women were crowned the inaugural cricket Fifty50 Challenge champions after they defeated Rhinos by six-wickets in a rain-drenched final at Takashinga Sports Club yesterday.

Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano equalled Josephine Nkomo’s 85 runs as mountaineers coasted to 198/4 in 37.3 overs to win the match via the Duckworth/Lewis method.

The Mutare-based side won the toss and put their opponents to bat first. Rhinos started off slowly and were eventually bowled out for 210 runs after facing 46.3 overs.

Ashley Chipare was the star of the show for Mountaineers with a five-wicket haul. She finished with figures of 5/29. Chipare gave her team the breakthrough in the sixth over when she bowled out Bongani Munyanyi for a single with Rhinos on 16 runs.

Rhinos then lost Ashley Ndiraya (22) to leave the side reeling on 37-2 with exactly 11 overs bowled. The side’s top-scorer Nkomo teamed up with skipper Mary-Anne Musonda (40) for a third wicket partnership that yielded 83 runs.

Nkomo was in good form and she brought up her second fifty of the Women’s Fifty50 Challenge Cup off 75 deliveries.

The partnership was broken when Musonda returned a catch to Mugeri-Tiripano. Rhinos still looked in it at 120/3 after 26 overs.

However, the Kwekwe-based side found the going tough after the fall of Nkomo (85) with 14 overs remaining. Next was Nomatter Mutasa (22) and they could only manage to add 28 runs, with the rest of the tail going out for single digit scores.

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