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Zambia and Swaziland win on reserve day

Tue, Apr 27, 2010 11:02 PM

Zambia and Swaziland win on reserve day
The remaining two fixtures of Day 2 of the ICC Africa World Cricket League Division 2 event in a wet and damp Benoni, were played to a result in spite of inclement weather on Tuesday, with both matches restricted to 46 overs each.

Zambia continued its good run of form in the event with a comprehensive 114-run win against Malawi. Put on to bat, Zambia found itself in early trouble at 10-2. However, a fine third-wicket partnership of 64 runs saw Abib Patel (24) and Marcus Pieterse (34) restore a degree of respectability to the Zambian innings.

Imran Patel (55 not out) pushed the Zambian innings to 189 all out in the 46th over. Muzikir Khan starred with the ball for Malawi with a sparkling return of 4-31 runs in his allotted nine overs.

In reply, Malawi found itself in early trouble at 17-4 in the 12th over but Khan managed to score a valuable 33. Godfrey Kandela proved to be the thorn in the Malawian side returning with figures of 3-17 runs in nine overs as the opposition was bowled out for 75 runs.

Peter Kirsten, coach of the Zambia, said: "I am very pleased with the team?s performance today, it showed a lot of grit in very trying conditions to set the target of 189. I thought Imran?s innings to be a gem."

In the other match of the day, Swaziland defeated Sierra Leone on Sahara Park Willowmoore Main Oval. Sierra Leone was put on to bat, with Ibrahim Mansaray top-scoring with 40 runs. The rest of the batsmen struggled to a total of 134 all out in 36 overs with Saif Habib being the pick of the bowlers with a return of 3-22 in five overs.

With the possibility of rain looming, Swaziland replied briskly and Naeem Gull scored an unbeaten 42 off 57 balls. When the match was stopped due to showers, Swaziland managed to edge past Sierra Leone by 30 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method).

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