Women’s U19 T20 World Cup | England Under 19 vs Zimbabwe Under 19

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England U19s take on Zimbabwe U19s in Game No. 7 of the tournament, which will be played out at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom. England were one of the 1st teams to arrive in SA and are heading into this game having registered one-sided wins in both their warm-up fixtures. Zimbabwe meanwhile haven’t had the best of starts pre-tournament, having suffered losses in both their warm-up fixtures including one against lower-ranked Indonesia

Top Picks

Michelle Mavunga (ZIM), Bowler- RAM

  • She is the fastest bowler in the Zimbabwe squad
  • She’s already made her T20I debut, with her T20I stats being:
    Inns- 5 | Wkts- 7 | Avg- 10 | SR- 13
  • She was the leading wicket-taker during last season’s Zimbabwe T20 Cup:
    Inns- 7 | Wkts- 15 | Avg- 7 | SR- 9

Kelis Ndhlovu (ZIM), All-Rounder- LHB/LAO

  • Ndhlovu has already made quite a name for herself in T20Is for Zimbabwe
  • Her all-round T20I stats make a very good reading:
    Inns- 15 | Runs- 285 | Avg- 24 | Wkts- 15 | Avg- 11
  • Her bowling performances during the warm-up games:
    3-0-21-1 & 4-1-4-1

Seren Smale (ENG), Batter- RHB

  • She’s likely to partner Scrivens at the top of the order
  • She’s already made her List A debut, and scored 57 runs in her last List A outing
  • Scored 30* in her solitary outing during the warm-ups

Lizzie Scott (ENG), Bowler- RAM

  • She’ll be opening the bowling for England, and is arguably the best swing bowler featuring in this tournament
  • Registered figures of 2-0-7-1 in her sole warm-up outing
  • She made her List A debut last year whilst representing Northern Diamonds and went on to strike in each of the 3 games she played

Differential Picks

Hannah Baker (ENG), Bowler- RALB

  • She’s a willy leggie, who’ll operate throughout the middle overs
  • Registered figures of 3-0-9-2 in the warm-up fixture vs WIU19s
  • She’s already played 19 T20 games, and has picked 11 wickets at a SR of 25.6

Sophia Smale (ENG), Bowler- LAO

  • Smale will operate in the PP as well as the middle overs, and is one of the best left arm spinners featuring in this tournament
  • In last season’s Hundred competition, she was the joint highest wicket-taker for the champions Oval Invincibles:
    Inns- 7 | Wkts- 8 | Avg- 18 | SR- 17
  • She registered impressive figures of 2-2-0-1 & 3-1-3-1 during the warm-up games

Olinda Chare (ZIM), Bowler- OS

  • She was brilliant with the ball during the warm-up fixtures having registered figures of 3.5-0-20-1 & 4-0-8-3
  • She finished with 4 wickets at an average of 23 during last season’s Zimbabwe T20 Cup

Safe Captaincy Pick

Grace Scrivens (ENG), All-Rounder- LHB/OS

  • The England skipper will be opening the batting, alongside potentially bowling her full quota of overs
  • She’s played in the Hundred competition, and is considered the best batter in the Sunrisers side competing in regional competitions against England’s top players
  • She has picked 15 wickets at a SR of 22, and has also scored 290 runs across 20 T20s
  • Her performance across the warm-up games:
    Inn- 1 | Runs- 26* | Wkt- 1 | Avg- 9

Differential Captaincy Pick

Ryana Macdonald-Gay (ENG), All-Rounder- RHB/RAM

  • She showed in last season’s Hundred that she’s got a happy knack of always being amongst the wickets
  • Some of her wickets included the likes of Rodrigues, Wolvaardt and Bouchier
  • Her stats from the Hundred being:
    Inns- 4 | Wkts- 5 | Avg- 14 | SR- 8
  • She finished with figures of 4-1-8-2 in the previous warm-up game
  • She’ll also take up the death overs duties

Player to Avoid

Kelly Ndiraya (ZIM), Batter- RHB

  • She failed in both the warm-up fixtures, managing scores of 0 & 1
  • She scored just the 9 runs across 4 outings during last season’s Zimbabwe T20 Cup

Base Team

WK: Vimbai Mutingwindu

BAT: Grace Scrivens, Seren Smale, Davina Perrin

AR: Kelis Ndhlovu, Liberty Heap

BOWL: Michelle Mavunga, Ryana Macdonald-Gay, Lizzie Scott, Sophia Smale, Olinda Chare

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