Lady Chevrons skipper Musonda shines on Super Series debut

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Zimbabwe national women’s cricket team captain Mary-Anne Musonda hit an unbeaten 36 to inspire her side Scorchers as they began their title defence with a five-wicket win over the Dragons at the Evoke Super Series in Ireland on Monday.

Musonda, 31, anchored the small but challenging run-chase – striking two boundaries in a 49-ball stay at the crease.

The Zimbabwe captain Musonda, who was part of the Lady Chevrons which toured Thailand recently, was the most adept to the slow and low conditions as other players struggled.

Earlier in the day, Dragons captain Leah Paul (27) and all-rounder Alana Dalzell (16) were the only Dragons batters to reach double figures after the team in red struggled to get any momentum under grey, leaden skies.

With early swing to negotiate, the Dragons’ run rate was further hampered by two run outs that reduced them to 30-4 in the 10th over.

Paul and Dalzell then put on a 42-run stand for the fifth wicket to give their bowlers at least a modest total to bowl at, however a team hat-trick by the Scorchers in the 20th over put paid to any thoughts of a big finish to their innings.

The star of the show for the Scorchers however was Musonda as she put on a solid display on her debut appearance in the competition.

Musonda arrived in Ireland on the back of her reputation on her international ODI debut against Ireland in 2021, where she scored a century (103*).

The record-breaking ODI century on debut meant Musonda became only the sixth woman to score a century on her ODI debut, and the first Zimbabwean Women’s cricketer to score an International century.

Musonda also recently played for the Tornadoes in the 2023 Fairbreak Invitational in Hong Kong.

 

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