Namibia Beat Sierra Leone To Storm Into Final

Sierra Leone Women – 74-8 in 20 overs (Linda Bull 12, Aminata Kamara 11, Mabinty Sankoh 8; Maryke Short 3/10, Sylvia Shihepo 2/10, Arrasta Diergaardt 1/10)

Namibia Women – 75-0 in 12.2 overs (Kayleen Green 36*, Adri van der Merwe 25*)

Namibia Women won by 10 wickets

Maryke Short, Kayleen Green and Adri van der Merwe all pulled fine performances to lead Namibia to a resounding 10-wicket victory over Sierra Leone to book a place in the ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa 2019 final at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

Namibia, as expected, had little difficulty in overcoming the inexperienced Sierra Leone team, and did so without losing a wicket after Short’s bowling had helped to restrict their opponents to 74 for eight wickets in their 20 overs.

Sierra Leone had chose to bat after  winning the toss, but their batsmen never looked capable of setting a target to the challenge from the strong Namibian team.

Their opening pair of Mabinty Sankoh (8) and Adama Kamara (7) did survive for six overs before their first wicket fell, but were only able to score 15 runs in that time.

Short, bowling her left-arm medium-paced seamers, broken through the middle order with two more quick wickets, and in the 10th over the score was 31 for four.

Adimala Kamara (11) and the captain Linda Bull (12) dug in to double the score in the next six overs, but after they were parted the tail could do nothing more than fight for survival.

The Sierra Leone team at least avoided the indignity of being bowled out within the two overs, but their total of 74 for eight was never going to challenge Namibia.

Short took the last wicket to fall to finish with figures of three for 10 in her four overs, while Sylvia Shihepo took two wickets for 10 runs.

A target of 75 runs meant there was no pressure on the Namibian opening batsmen, van der Merwe and Green, who were able to take it easy and accumulate the runs without any pressure.

They reached the target without losing a wicket at the rate of a run a ball, untroubled by any of the opposing bowlers.

Both faced 37 balls, with van der Merwe scoring 25 and Green 36, helped by 14 wides, which have been a real problem for the less experienced teams in this tournament.

Perhaps Namibia’s only regret was that more of their players were not able to get in some batting practice ahead of Sunday’s final.

They have shown themselves to be a good all-round side, while Sierra Leone will return home glad simply to have taken part and gained experience, after their three heavy defeats.