Blessing Malinganiza  in ABU DHABI

LADY Chevrons vice-captain, Josephine Nkomo, cast a dejected figure as, for the second time, her hopes of leading the team to their maiden T20 Women’s World Cup was blown away.

Unlike two years ago, when qualifying for the 2023 T20 Women’s World Cup was all under-control before a painful four-run defeat in the semi-finals to Ireland, this campaign never took off.

Pushed by the heartbreak of the last qualifier, Zimbabwe went into this year’s qualifier high on confidence as they sought to correct their past mistakes.

But it was not to be as the team had a false start, suffering a shock defeat to minnows Vanuatu in the first match of their campaign.

In the 2022 qualifier, Nkomo found herself at the crease with Precious Marange and this time the vice-captain was with Modester Mupachikwa, with the two batters pushing to keep Zimbabwe’s dream alive.

But it was not to be as they lost the match by 14 runs to Netherlands, ending their World Cup dreams.

And, Nkomo is still to come to terms with the exit.

“To be honest at this juncture I do not know what is next for us but as a team we just need to get back home and go back to the drawing board and start from there,” said Nkomo.

“I am heartbroken but there is nothing we can do now.”

Nkomo reflected on what could have gone wrong for the Lady Chevrons at the qualifiers.

“We let our guard down a little bit in the first game against Vanuatu and it is always tough to bounce back from such a defeat and we did try to bounce back in the UAE game but it was not good enough.

“We were just supposed to win from the onset and make sure we get our team into a good position but we failed.”

The spirited show by Nkomo and Modester saw them getting a appreciation from the fans.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *