The Sunday Mail
THE Zimbabwe women’s Under-19 cricket team had their first training session in India on Tuesday, as they prepare for next year’s inaugural ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup that will take in South Africa next year.
The tournament will be held in South Africa in January.
Zimbabwe Cricket media manager Yvonne Mangunda gave the update on her Facebook page on Tuesday.
“First training session in India for the Zimbabwe Under-19 team preparing for the ICC Women’s Under-19 World Cup next January,” Mangunda said.
The Zimbabwe Under-19, who are coached by Nonhlanhla Nyathi, are in India for a three-week training camp.
The squad in India comprises 19 players, but only 15 will make it into the final team for the World Cup.
Teenage bowlers Danielle Meikle, Christine Mutasa, Kelly Ndiraya and Kudzai Chigora are some of the players in the squad.
The team had their first T20 game against Omtex ICWC’s Under-19 side, whom they beat by 19 runs in Mumbai on Thursday.
The home side won the toss and opted to field.
Zimbabwe made 89 runs for the loss of nine wickets.
Only three of Zimbabwe’s batters managed to reach double figures, namely skipper Kelis Ndlovu (13) and the teenage duo of Meikle and Chigora, who were unbeaten on 14 and 10 runs, respectively.
Despite the low score, Zimbabwe managed to defend the total, with Ndlovu’s four for nine runs the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers.
Meikle and Chigora also chipped in with the ball, as the duo finished with two for nine runs and one for 27, respectively.