Sierra Leone registered third straight win against Eswatini to reach gold medal battle

Sierra Leone beat Eswatini by 147 runs to registered a third straight win at the ICC T20 Division 2 Qualifiers

The Ladies Patriots’ onward march for gold has seen no bounds in the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Division 2 Qualifier as they registered a third straight win against Eswatini, beating them by 147 runs in the morning of Tuesday at BCA Oval 2 in Gaborone, Botswana.

The Eswatini edge, which marked the tenth encounter of the Gaborone Showpiece, has accounted for the scariest damage the Ladies have imposed on a team in their resolve to reach the finals.

Changing game tactics, the Ladies opted for batting when they won the toss, smacking 173 for 6 in 20 to set a crushing target of 174.

How did it go? Lion-hearted Emma Kamara came in for 24 off 32 balls to pick two 4s before colleague Celina Bull got run out for 10 off 9 by Mabila.

From the middle, Ramatu Turay joined the fighting rank and hit 30, admirably picking up four 4s for 111.11 strike rate.

At Ramatu’s cover was Ann Marie Kamara who dashed for 51 and recorded ten 4s before being caught out by Ntombizonke.

Hitting all 120 balls, the reply was all for Eswatini. How Mbali Dlamini, Nothando Mabila, Ntombizonke, and Nokulunga Mabuza ducked for wasted combined 29 balls could only be explained in patriotic terms, and for the show of such benevolent performance, the contenders got squeezed for 26 in 14.4 .

In the battle to deny the chase, Janet Kowa picked up 1 wicket, Alice Fillie 2, Hassanatu Sawaneh 2, and Fatu Pessima 2.

To complete the grace, Sierra Leone right-hand batter and right-arm medium bowler Ann Marie Kamara won Woman of the Match Award.

In the next stage, Sierra Leone will either face Malawi or host nation Botswana in the desperate attempt to bring home gold.

Credit: CSL Media

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