Brandon Moyo

LADY Chevrons opening batter Sharne Mayers’ brilliant ton was in vain as Zimbabwe lost their second warm-up match of the 2024 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers by 32 runs against Scotland in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

She scored 102 runs, off 67 balls, before retiring hurt in the Lady Chevrons’ chase of a mammoth 198 runs target.

Zimbabwe had restricted Scotland to 197/4 in their 20 overs but ended on 165 without loss in 20 overs.

Unfortunately for Mayers, the warm-up games are not regulated as official games so the statistics do not count.

“For me I felt so clear, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, we didn’t bowl well as much as we should have.

“Scotland scored 197 but it was a good track to bat on and knowing that they can score that many runs, I felt confident that I could do the same too.

“The internal conversation was to keep going, one thing I did see when the Scottish batters were batting and we took a wicket in the power play.

“So ,the longer you stay out there, the easier it’s going to get so that’s what I kept saying to myself and once I got the pace of the wicket it then became easier and easier,” said Mayers.

Zimbabwe’s qualification journey starts tomorrow when they face Vanuatu in their opening match.

“Our goal is to qualify but we will just take it one game at a time, we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves and worry about things that we have no control over so it’s just to go through our processes and game one on the 25th is our main focus.”

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