TSHWANE – A blockbuster half-century from opener and former DP World Lions batter, Sharne Mayers helped Zimbabwe’s senior team earn a convincing eight wicket victory over the South African Emerging side at the Groenkloof Oval in Tshwane on Wednesday. The visitors take a 2-1 series lead into the final two encounters.

Mayers smashed 10 fours and one six on her way to an explosive and unbeaten 55 off 26 deliveries as the away side chased down the target of 90 all out set by South Africa following Kelis Ndhlovu’s stellar figures of four for eight with the ball.

After choosing correctly at the toss, SA Emerging captain, Anneke Bosch elected to bat first before she lost her opening partner in promising youngster, Elandri Janse van Rensburg (4) in the opening over. Bosch (3) soon followed back to the hut as Zimbabwe landed two early blows on the hosts to leave them 15 / 2 after 1.3 overs.

Tunnicliffe and junior all-rounder, Miane Smit (7) stabilized the innings for South Africa, combining for 18 runs for the third wicket before Smit fell to Christabel Chatonzwa (1 / 17) with the home side reaching the end of the powerplay on 43 / 3.

A 34-run, fourth-wicket partnership between Tunnicliffe and Nondumiso Shangase helped South Africa maintain a healthy run rate of six runs per over to reach 60 / 3 after 10 overs before Ndhlovu grabbed her first scalp of the day to remove Tunnicliffe for 30 off 33 balls (5 fours).

That wicket proved to be beginning of the end for South Africa, as Ndhlovu and Loryn Phiri (2 / 17) shifted the momentum towards the Zimbabweans, picking up the next four wickets to fall at the expense of just 18 runs prior to Josephine Nkomo (2 / 15) wrapping up the SA innings on 90 all out after 19.5 overs.

All-rounder, Shangase was the last wicket to fall as she top-scored for SA Emerging with a defiant 44-ball 33 (5 fours).

In their chase, Zimbabwe began at the crease as they meant to go on. The opening pair of Mayers and Ndhlovu (6) raced to a run-rate of more than 10 runs per over before Baneti (1 / 7) struck to pick up the wicket of the latter.

The loss of her opening batter did little to slow down Mayers, as she continued to dispatch the South African bowlers to all parts of the ground, including the only six of the game to help bring up Zimbabwe’s fifty in the fifth over of the contest.

Although youngster, Miane Smit (1 / 13) broke the 44-run stand for the second wicket with the dismissal of Chipo Tiripano (22), Mayers took the game by the scruff of the neck to get Zimbabwe over the line and confirm the victory with more than 11 overs to spare.

With the series poised at 2-1, the fourth T20 gets underway on Friday, 02 September from 10h00 (SAST) at the Groenkloof Oval at the University of Pretoria.

Zimbabwe Women beat SA Emerging by 8 wickets
SA Emerging: 90 all out after 19.5 overs; N. Shangase 33 (44), F. Tunnicliffe 30 (33); Kelis Ndhlovu 4 / 8, J. Nkomo 2 / 15
Zimbabwe Women: 93 / 2 after 8.4 overs; S. Mayers 55* (26), C. Tiripano 22 (18); N. Baneti 1 / 7, M. Smit 1 / 13

Audio and video featuring SA Emerging assistant coach, Claire Terblanche can be downloaded here.

SA Emerging 15-player squad vs Zimbabwe:
Micaela Andrews (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers Women), Nobulumko Baneti (Hollywoodbets Dolphins Ladies), Anneke Bosch (North West Dragons Women), Monalisa Legodi (Fidelity Titans), Simone Lourens (Fidelity Titans), Tebogo Macheke (Fidelity Titans), Seshnie Naidu (Hollywoodbets
Dolphins Ladies), Raisibe Ntozakhe (DP World Lions Women), Kayla Reyneke (Six Gun Grill Western Province Women), Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins Ladies), Miane Smit (Free State Women), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province Women), Faye Tunnicliffe (Six Gun Grill Western Province Women), Elandri Janse van Rensburg (North West Dragons Women), Caitlin Wyngaard (Six Gun Grill Western Province Women)

Tour Itinerary:
Women’s T20 Series vs Zimbabwe –
Friday, 02 September @ 10h00 local time – 4 th Women’s T20 – – SA Emerging Women vs Zimbabwe (Groenkloof Oval, Tshwane)
Saturday, 03 September @ 10h00 local time – 5 th Women’s T20 – SA Emerging Women vs Zimbabwe (Groenkloof Oval, Tshwane)

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