Zimbabwe domestic cricket April 5, 2007

Northerns announce women's squad

James Jones

Northerns selectors have completed their trials at the Westridge High School in Harare and announced a final squad of 15 players for the five-day Interprovincial tournament at KweKwe which starts on April 24. The squad has a surprise inclusion in the form of the ex-Westerns allrounder Sinikiwe Mpofu who is now playing for Takashinga in Harare after relocating to the capital for journalism studies.

Mpofu will join up with her fellow Zimbabwean internationals, Julia Chibhabha, the allrounder Joanna Chanjack, who currently plays for Harare Sports Club, and Crystabel Chatora of Royal Harare.

Chiedza Mafunga, the national women's cricket manager, said on Thursday: "All is set for the one-day cricket showcase in KweKwe with all sides having sent in their team-lists. We are expecting some exciting action as national slots are at stake for the 30-member Zimbabwean provisional squad which is to be announced after the tournament. These 30 players will then go into the initial camp to prepare for the final round of qualifiers for the International Cricket Council Women's World Cup in Pakistan later in the year."

Squad Tsitsi Ali-John, Julia Chibhabha, Joanna Chanjack, Crystabel Chatora, Ruvarashe Chinyemba, Emily Jinjika, Chipo Kamuchedza, Susan Kudzibatira, Precious Marange, Sinikiwe Mpofu and Nonhlahla Nyathi.

Reserves Nyarai Manyande, Letwin Nyangoni, Evelyn Chisingarambwe and Virginia Nyazero