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Netherlands crushes Zimbabwe's dream of T20 Women's World Cup debut

By sports reporter

The Lady Chevrons’ dream of playing in the 2024 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for Bangladesh in September, was dashed on Wednesday with a 14-run loss to the Netherlands in the ongoing World Cup Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates.

The Lady Chevrons’ loss was their third in the tournament, where they only managed one victory over the host United Arab Emirates.

Zimbabwe succumbed to its other two defeats at the hands of minors Vanuatu and Ireland.

Starting with fielding after losing the toss, Zimbabwe started strong by removing the Oranges’ best batter Iris Zwilling early, however this was not enough as other batsmen came to the party, helping the team drive 136 runs for 6 plots.

A poor performance with the bat once again cost the Lady Chevrons who failed to chase down 136 as they were restricted to 121 runs in 20 overs.

Batsmen Modester Mupachikwa and Josephine Nkomo fared well for Zimbabwe as they scored 39 runs which somehow were not enough as Holland responded by grabbing three wickets inside the Powerplay.

In the other Group B match, Ireland advanced to the semi-finals with a 9-wicket win over Vanuatu on Wednesday night, joining Sri Lanka who also managed to qualify from Group A after beating Uganda by 67 runs.

In the semifinals, group A number one faces group B number 2 while Group B number One faces group A number 2.

In the tournament, the top two teams will occupy the remaining two spots in the T20 World Cup 2024 to be played in Bangladesh this September.