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Botswana and Tanzania win twice on Africa Division 2 first day

Mon, Oct 1, 2012 2:34 PM

Botswana and Tanzania win twice on Africa Division 2 first day
Action from Botswana's victory over Zambia
There were victories for Mozambique, Tanzania, Botswana and Swaziland on the first morning of play as Pepsi ICC Africa Division 2 got underway at Willowmoore Park on Monday.

Botswana hit the highest score in the opening four matches, making 185-5 from their 20 overs. D.Sequiera (77 off 54 balls) and K.Modise (71 off 34 balls) added 138 for the second wicket as the Zambian bowlers were made to toil. Sequiera hit three sixes while Modise cleared the boundary on seven occasions.

Zambia could only manage 138-9 in reply to give Botswana an emphatic 47-run victory.

A. R. Patwa hit the highest individual innings of the day, smashing 81 not out off 52 balls for Tanzania against Ghana to lead his side to a five-wicket victory with 10 balls to spare. B. N. Nyaikini had earlier derailed Ghana’s innings of 130-7 with 5-13 after the batting side had reached 63-1.

Mozambique claimed a comfortable six-wicket victory over Sierra Leone after restricting the opposition to 107-7. B. Vadavathy took two wickets and then scored 21 in the run-chase. Sierra Leone were not helped by conceding 25 extras.

Swaziland pulled off a fine run-chase against Seychelles when they reached their target of 152 with three overs and six wickets to spare. Gull (42 off 27 balls), Sauerman (37 off 25 balls) and Rashid (40 not out off 28 balls) led the way in a composed batting display.

J Ratnayake (42 off 44 balls) and H K Kamalan (46 off 29 balls) had earlier top-scored for Seychelles as they made 151-4.

In the afternoon matches, Botswana claimed their second victory of the day when they beat Swaziland by 19 runs.

Botswana made 134 after winning the toss with K. Modise (37 off 34 balls) leading the way. A. Patel took 4-23 to give Swaziland hope going into their innings. Swaziland could only manage 115 in reply despite 35 off 24 balls from S. Mahmood.

Tanzania also made it two wins from two on the way to making the biggest score of the day of 205-5 as they overwhelmed Sierra Leone by 95 runs. S. A. Khalifa (60 from 40 balls) and B. M. Nyaikini (44 not out off 27 balls) were the highest scorers in another impressive batting display.

Sierra Leone could only make 110-9 with Khalifa adding three wickets to his half-century to win the man-of-the-match award. R. K. M. Kiseto was the most impressive bowler on display with 3-17.

Zambia atoned for their earlier defeat with a six-wicket victory over Seychelles. Zambia reached their target of 112 with 5.2 overs to spare despite a good bowling effort from K. Patel, who took 3-32. S. Patel top-scored for Zambia with 28. G. Kandela earned the man-of-the-match award for his 4-12 as Seychelles were dismissed for 111 with a ball to spare.

Ghana also claimed their first win of the tournament when they comfortably defeated Mozambique by 53 runs. I. Aboagye took 3-27 as Mozambique could only make 95 in reply to 148-7. Ghana opener O. Harvey took the man-of-the-match award for his 56 off 41 balls. Nkosi took 3-26 for Mozambique.

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