On November 4, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the ICC Women’s Player of the Month nominees for October. The three nominees are: Mary-Anne Musonda from Zimbabwe, Laura Delany from Ireland and Gaby Lewis, also from Ireland. These nominees have been selected based on their performance in the month of October.
Mary-Anne Musonda (Zimbabwe):
The 30-year old right-hand bat was the fourth-highest run-getter in the recently concluded bilateral series between Zimbabwe and Ireland, which was played in Zimbabwe. The captain of the Zimbabwe team led from the front as she was the leading run getter for her side, scoring 169 runs in four ODIs at an average of 45.75 and the best of 103 in the first ODI. She was also the player of the match for that game which Zimbabwe won by four wickets. Her scores in the four ODIs were 103, 4, 26, 36. She was one of the two batters to score a century in the four-match ODI series.
The captain of Ireland was the second-highest run-getter in the Zimbabwe-Ireland series which was played in October. The right-hand middle order bat mustered 189 runs in three ODI innings at an average of 63 and the best score of 86. Her scores in the four ODIs were 86, 35, DNB, 68. With the ball, the 28-year old right-arm seamer accounted for four wickets in as many innings. From being 0-1 down in the four match ODI series, Delany led her side well to win the series 3-1.
The 20-year old right hand opening bat was the leading run-getter in the Zimbabwe – Ireland series. She muscled 263 runs in four ODIs at an average of 87.67 and the best score of 96 not out, which came in the third ODI. She also won the player of the match in that ODI for her match winning batting performance. Her scores in the four ODIs were 24, 65, 96 not out, 78. She played an important role in Ireland’s 3-1 series win against Zimbabwe.
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