Mary-Anne Musonda shines in Ireland

Brandon Moyo

ZIMBABWE senior women’s national team captain Mary-Anne Musonda has had a brilliant start to Cricket Ireland’s 2023 Women Super Series T20 tournament as she is sitting on top of the batting charts with most runs scored so far.

Musonda, who is playing for Scorchers, is the three-team league’s leading run scorer with 153 runs from five matches and as many innings. From the matches played, the Lady Chevrons skipper has a high score of 71 runs not out.

Her high score of 71 runs which came off 69 deliveries is also the league’s highest individual score so far. She has a strike rate of 96,23.

The 31-year-old Zimbabwean star has an average of 51 with the bat.

She is one of the six overseas players taking part in the league.
In second place with the most runs in the competition, Musonda is followed by Amy Hunter who has scored 126 runs in five matches at an average 31,50 and has a high score of 60 runs which is also the second highest individual score.

Hunter also holds the third highest individual score of 46 runs.

Mary-Anne Musonda

Musonda’s high score came on Sunday where she helped her team register a 25 runs win over Typhoons.

Scorchers finished on 121-3, courtesy of the Zimbabwean’s unbeaten half century. She was supported by Gaby Lewis who fell for 20 runs.

In their defence, Musonda took three catches to help her side bowl out their opponents for 96 runs in 19,2 overs.

Sophie MacMahon starred with the ball for Scorchers, taking a five-wicket haul as she finished with figures of 5-12 in 3,2 overs.

Ellie McGee took three scalps, giving away 17 runs in her four over spell. Typhoons’ Mary Waldron top scored with 16 runs off 20 deliveries.

Scorchers are sitting on top of the standings with six points after registering three wins and two defeats. After the encounter against the Typhoons, Musonda was named player of the match.

Going to play in Ireland, Musonda became the first Zimbabwe women’s cricket international to feature in the high-profile competition. This was her second international league appearance of the year having played for the Tornadoes in the 2023 Fairbreak Invitational T20 tournament which was played at the Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong from April 3 to 16.

The tournament, sanctioned by the global cricket governing body, International Cricket Council (ICC), was being privately run by Fairbreak Global, a company that aims to promote gender equality.

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