Thrilling super over sees Zimbabwe Women clinch gold at the African Games


ACCRA – In a thrilling super over contest at the Achimota Oval in Accra, Zimbabwe Women clinched the gold medal at the ongoing African Games, triumphing over the South Africa Women in the finals.

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The riveting contest saw both teams finish on 112 runs, with each side having a good chance to secure victory. 

South Africa, having won the toss, elected to field first. 

The Lady Chevrons started steadily but scored at a slow rate. 

Sharne Mayers was the first wicket to fall, scoring 10 runs. Teenage sensation Kellis Ndlovu joined Modester Mupachikwa at the crease, contributing 49 runs for the second wicket before being dismissed for 28. 

A mini-collapse ensued for the Lady Chevrons following her departure, with only Pelajia Mujaji, who scored an unbeaten 20 off 17 deliveries, guiding the team past the one hundred run mark. 

Zimbabwe concluded their innings on 112/5.

In defense of this total, Zimbabwe's bowling performance was outstanding. South Africa found themselves in a tricky situation at 48/5 after 10.4 overs. 

Miane Smit displayed a determined effort to bring her side back into contention with an unbeaten 31. 

The match went down to the wire, with South Africa needing six runs to win from the final over. 

Francesca Chipare allowed only five runs in the over, leading to the first cricket final at the All Africa Games being decided in a Super Over.

She took charge of the super over, claiming a wicket on the first ball of the over. 

South Africa managed two runs before a smart run-out executed by Josephine Nkomo. Zimbabwe required only 3 runs for the gold medal. 

Kelis Ndlovu delivered a decisive blow, hitting a boundary off the second ball to seal the victory for the Lady Chevrons.

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