Action from Tanzania's victory over Swaziland on day three
Zambia became the first side to beat Tanzania in Pepsi ICC Africa Division 2 on day three (Wednesday) at Willowmoore Park.
The feature match of the afternoon session pitched unbeaten Tanzania against Zambia, who went into the match with four wins out of five. Abid Patel hit 67 not out off 54 balls as Zambia made 139-6 from their 20 overs. Khalil Rehemtulla (3-18) was the pick of the Tanzania bowlers. Tanzania's run-chase got off a good start with a first-wicket stand of 45 but a dramatic collapse saw them lose nine wickets for 42 runs. Godfrey Kandela took 3-8 as Zambia claimed a resounding victory by 41 runs.
Botswana also won their fifth game in six thanks to a convincing seven-wicket victory over Ghana. Akrum Chand hit 37 as Botswana reached their target of 97 with 19 balls to spare. Hasantha Mudiyanselage took 3-29 in Ghana's 96-7.
Mozambique beat Swaziland by five wickets in a closely-fought match. Haris Rashid hit four sixes in his 44 in Swaziland's innings but Syed Shah (3-12) and Atishay Gupta (3-12) restricted Swaziland to 107. Gupta (24) and Brent Bragge (29 not out) added 47 for the fifth wicket to get their side home with four balls remaining.
Seychelles built on the success of their victory in the morning with a far more dominant performance to beat Sierra Leone by 10 wickets. Mukesh Vadodariya took 3-8 as Sierra Leone were bowled out for just 90. Janaka Mudiyanselage (33) and Hari Krishnan Kamalan (43) hit the runs off in 15.1 overs.
Tanzania had earlier made it five wins out of five when they beat Swaziland in the morning matches.
Swaziland were bowled out for just 80 with K. Riziki (3-11) and M. Benson (2-15) to the fore with the ball. In reply, Tanzania made light work of their run-chase as they got home with 10.4 overs to spare for the loss of just three wickets. Benson completed a fine all-round display with 32 not out.
There were fourth wins out of five by Zambia and Botswana to keep the pressure on the table toppers.
Botswana enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Sierra Leone, by seven wickets with 9.4 overs to spare after being set just 78. N. Master (2-12) and N. Ahmed (2-16) were the main bowlers as Sierra Leone managed only 77-8 from their 20 overs. R. Rasheed (25) and A. Chand (22 not out) made sure the run-chase was a formality.
Meanwhile, Zambia were made to fight a little more for their victory over Mozambique. Syed Shah (41) and Brent Bragge (36) played well as Mozambique scored 118-9 to give Zambia a tricky target to chase. A. Nsensha (43) and I. Galiya (46 not not) both played fine knocks to see their side over the line for the loss of four wickets with 15 balls in hand.
In the final game of the morning, Seychelles pulled off a shock, and dramatic, victory over Ghana by one wicket off the final ball.
Seychelles were still 23 short of their 115-run target when Arvin Nanji Bhuva (28 not out) was joined by last man Tharmenthiran Shanmugam (1 not out). Bhuva dominated the strike to do the bulk of the scoring as his team got home off the final delivery. Sandesh Ananda Kunder had earlier kept Seychelles in the hunt with 44 up against a strong Ghana fightback in the field, led by Vincent Ateak (3-7). Ateak and Bhuva were also the star men in the Ghana innings of 114-9 with 36 runs and 3-30 respectively.
With Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia all finishing day three on five wins it is all to play for on the final day.