Whilst the cricket world has its eyes on the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh at the moment, the African leg of qualifying for the 2016 edition has got underway in South Africa, with four teams competing in Africa Division Three.

And it's Sierra Leone who are on top after the opening day after they beat both Swaziland and Rwanda.

The game against Swaziland was in the morning, with Sierra Leone batting first after they lost the toss. They lost wickets quickly at the start of their innings, and were on 7-3 after three overs. But a partnership of 55 between Oluwole Compagnie-Coker and Lansana Lamin got the innings back on track.

Compagnie-Coker was the top scorer with 44, whilst Jacob Mansary also chipped in with an unbeaten 35 from 26 balls as Sierra Leone reached 136-6 from their 20 overs.

Swaziland couldn't get close in reply. Abass Glba, Lansan Lamin and Alvin Williams all bowled superbly, conceding 10, 11 and 7 runs respectively in their 4 over spells as Swaziland were restricted to 72-9 from their 20 overs, losing by 64 runs.

Sierra Leone bowled well again in the afternoon match against Rwanda. Bowling first after winning the toss, they restricted Rwanda to 102-8 from their 20 overs, Abass Gbla the pick of the bowlers with 3-10 from his four overs.

Sierra Leone then had little trouble chasing down their target, doing so in 18 overs for the loss of four wickets. Abu Kamara top scored for them with 25 not out.

Rwanda had a much better time of it earlier in the day when they took on the Gambia. The Rwandan captain won the toss and chose to bowl first, and they bowled superbly during the fielding restrictions, keeping the Gambia to 39-5 from those first six overs.

There was an annoying - for Rwanda - ninth wicket partnership of 31 by Prince Johnson and Pa Assan Faye that helped the Gambia post a score of over 100, but their eventual total of 112-8 was never going to be enough.

Rwanda cruised to victory in 16.2 overs. Eric Duzingizimana was the only wicket to fall after top scoring with 43. Pearson George and Nazeer Mohammed were both unbeaten on 31 and 32 respectively, to help Rwanda record a nine wicket win.

In their afternoon game, the Gambia were on the receiving end of something of a thrashing.

Batting first after winning the toss, Swaziland racked up a fantastic 208-3 from their 20 overs. Idrees Patel was the star of the show. After reaching his century from just 52 balls, he was eventually out for 113, scored from 61 balls.

The Gambia had no answer to that display of batting, and they were bowled out for 122, losing by 86 runs. Haris Rashid was the pick of the Swaziland bowlers with 3-9.

Sunday's games in the tournament will see Sierra Leone look to continue their winning start to the tournament with games against the Gambia and Swaziland. In the other matches, Swaziland will take on Rwanda, who will also take on the Gambia.


Sierra Leone beat Swaziland by 64 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 22 March
Sierra Leone 136-6 (20 overs, O Compagnie-Coker 44, J Mansary 35*)
Swaziland 72-9 (20 overs)

Rwanda beat Gambia by 9 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 22 March
Gambia 112-8 (20 overs, E Hirwa 4-22)
Rwanda 113-1 (16.2 overs, E Duzingizimana 43)

Sierra Leone beat Rwanda by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 22 March
Rwanda 102-8 (20 overs, A Gbla 3-10)
Sierra Leone 106-4 (18 overs)

Swaziland beat Gambia by 86 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 22 March
Swaziland 208-3 (20 overs, I Patel 113)
Gambia 122 (20 overs, M Bahoum 36, H Rashid 3-9)