Bosch ton helps South Africa Emerging down Zimbabwe 5-0

Anneke Bosch (c) takes a run against Zimbabwe. © Zimbabwe Cricket

A century by Anneke Bosch, third by the player from South Africa Emerging team in the series, helped them finish the One Day series against Zimbabwe 5-0. Her 109 off 100 balls was the difference between the two sides.

Zimbabwe captain Josephine Nkomo won the toss for the final match of the series and invited South Africa Emerging to bat first. It looked like her decision was reaping rewards as Nomvelo Sibanda removed Robyn Searle (15) and Nondumiso Shangase (zero), who was standing is as captain for Andrie Steyn, off back-to-back legal deliveries in the seventh over.

With the score at two for 21, Bosch partnered first with Annerie Dercksen (33) for an 80-run stand for the third wicket. She attacked pretty early as she hit the first six of the match off Sibanda in the 19th over. But again, the tourists lost three wickets in clusters with Dercksen, Leah Jones (five) and Masabata Klaas (two) departing in quick succession.

Michaela Andrews (35) then joined Bosch for a 50-run partnership, before she became one of Tasmeen Granger’s three wickets. Bosch, meanwhile, reached her hundred by hitting back-to-back fours in the 43rd over. A wobble in the middle and lower order followed and South Africa Emerging were bowled out for 238 runs in 49.3 overs.

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Sibanda and Granger, who was impressive with her off-breaks, took three wickets each. Lorraine Phiri took two scalps while Audrey Mazvishaya and Precious Marange managed a wicket apiece.

Zimbabwe’s chase never really got going. They lost opener Chiedza Dhururu and Pellagia Mujaji for ducks to Klaas in the fifth over. Christabel Chatonzwa (54), along with Nkomo (30), tried to revive the batting with a 62-run partnership but it didn’t help their cause.

Chatonzwa was removed in the 41st over, from where they managed to score only 40 runs in the final ten overs losing four wickets. The hosts managed to score nine for 169 after batting for 50 overs and lost by 69 runs

Klaas took two wickets while Jones, Jade de Figueiredo, Nobulumko Baneti, Andrews, and Shangase got a wicket apiece.

Brief score: South Africa Emerging 238 all out in 49.3 overs (Anneke Bosch 109, Michaela Andrews 35; Tasmeen Granger 3/26, Nomvelo Sibanda 3/49) beat Zimbabwe 169/9 in 50 overs (Christabel Chatonzwa 54, Josephine Nkomo 30; Masabata Klaas 2/22) by 69 runs