What on Earth am I talking about? I’m talking about the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifying Africa Region of course!
Eswatini were bowled out for scores of 29, 17, 19, 23 and 55 (An expected improvement against Mozambique, who also struggled) during the competition. In that innings of 19 all out, batters four to eleven contributed zero runs! Extras actually top scored with 10!
In the Nigeria versus Cameroon match, Nigeria captain Blessing Etim opened the bowling and claimed (Presumably World Record!) figures of 4-4-0-4!
The Cameroon versus Uganda match hit the headlines when 16-year-old Maeva Douma effected four Mankads. Interestingly, some articles used the word Mankad whereas others just said something along the lines of “… effected four run outs from the non-striker’s end”.
In the Tanzania versus Eswatini match, poor Mbali Diamini finished with figures of 0.2-0-19-0… that’s an economy of 57 rpo! I think that she was taken out of the attack after twice bowling five (Presumanly high) wides!
This is not meant to be a slight on the women’s game. Clearly, with so many teams at various stages of their development following full status implementation, there’s going to be gulfs in class at times. In the short term, that’s going to result in some crazy numbers. Whether it’s men’s or women’s cricket, statistics are something to enjoy… good or bad!