Thailand women continued their fine start in ODI cricket, becoming the first side to win their first seven ODIs and the first side without Test status to whitewash an ICC full member in a series of at least three matches.
All three games were played at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok, with Thailand batting first in Wednesday's opening ODI and scoring just 154, Naruemol Chaiwai top scoring with an unbeaten 57. Kelis Ndhlovu was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers with 5-22.
Thailand were able to defend that low total, thanks to Thipatcha Putthawong taking six wickets for just six runs to bowl the visitors out for 76. It was the best innings bowling performance by an associate player in women's ODIs, and is bettered in men's ODIs only by Ali Khan's 7-32 against Jersey in the recent World Cup Qualifier Play-off.
Thailand again batted first in the second ODI, this time scoring 217 after an opening partnership of 101 between Sornnarin Tippoch and Natthakan Chantham that ended when Chantham was dismissed for 54. Tippoch scored 41 whilst Kelis Ndhlovu was again the leading wicket-taker for Zimbabwe with 3-17.
Zimbabwea lost their first two wickets in the first over of their run chase before a 69 run partnership for the third wicket between Sharne Mayers and Modester Mupachikwa, who scored 37 and 27 respectively. From 71-2, Zimbabwe lost six wickets for 24 runs, but the tail wagged, putting on 25 for the ninth wicket and an unbroken 49 for the last wicket to finish on 169-9, a 45 run defeat.
The visitors batted first in the final ODI yesterday, but could only manage 112 with Loreen Tshuma's unbeaten 32 the only score of note. Nattaya Boochatham and Thipatcha Putthawong both took three wickets foir Thailand, the former only conceding seven runs.
Thailand lost Sornnarin Tippoch from the first ball of their run chase but were otherwise mostly untroubled as they chased down their target in 27.2 overs to win by 6 wickets. Naruemol Chaiwai top scored with an unbeaten 52, her second half-century of the series.
The 3-0 series win represents the first time a team without Test status (either men's or women's) has swept an ODI series of at least three games against an ICC full member. Ireland did beat Pakistan 3-0 in a women's ODI series back in 2000, but Ireland's women's team had Test status in women's cricket at the time.
The two teams will now meet in a four match T20I series at the same venue, starting tomorrow and concluding on Saturday.