Africa Division 3 continued yesterday in South Africa, with Rwanda gaining ground on Sierra Leone at the top of the table. The teams ended the day level on points with Sierra Leone ahead on net run rate.

In the morning, Rwanda took on Swaziland, who batted first after Rwanda won the toss. Swaziland started their innings with Idrees Patel and Dexter Fonseka putting on 88 for the first wicket before Patel was out for 52.

Patel's innings was the only significant contribution however, with Haris Rashid's 26 not out the next highest contribution. Swaziland reached 137-6 from their 20 overs, Nazeer Mohammed taking 4-33.

The target was little trouble for the Rwandan batsmen, and they reached the required runs in 17.4 overs to win by 6 wickets.

It was a more comprehensive win for Rwanda in their afternoon game against the Gambia. The Gambian innings started with them losing their first 3 wickets for just nine runs in the first two overs, before they recovered thanks to a 35 run fourth wicket partnership between Pa Assan Faye and Mbye Dumbuya.

But Assan Faye's dismissal for 26 sparked a collapse as the Gambia lost their last seven wickets for 19 runs and were bowled out for just 63. Assan Faye was the only one of their batsmen to reach double figures.

Rwanda cruised to the required total in just 7.1 overs to win by nine wickets, Pearson George top scoring with an unbeaten 35.

Earlier in the day, the Gambia were also defeated relatively simply, that time by Sierra Leone. Batting first after winning the toss, the Gambians were only able to make 99-9 from their 20 overs. Abass Gbla was the pick of the Sierra Leone bowlers with 3-17.

Sierra Leone took their time with the run chase, taking 17.5 overs, but were never really in trouble. Jacob Mansary top scored for them with 26 as they completed a seven wicket win.

At this point, Sierra Leone were unbeaten after playing two games in the tournament, but they were to come undone in their afternoon game against Swaziland.

After putting Swaziland into bat, things were going the way of Sierra Leone with both openers dismissed for single figure scores. But Swaziland were able to reach 139-7 from their 20 overs. Haris Rashid and Estian Sauerman put on 58 for the eighth wicket, Rashid top scoring with 44.

Sierra Leone's reply was built around an innings of 42 from Jacob Mansary. But no other batsman was able to make a significant score, and they were restricted to 126-8 from their 20 overs, losing by 13 runs.

Tomorrow's final four matches will see Sierra Leone play Rwanda in the morning in a match likely to decide which team gets promoted to Division Two. The other morning match will be Swaziland against the Gambia. In the afternoon, Sierra Leone will play the Gambia and Rwanda will play Swaziland.


Sierra Leone beat Gambia by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 23 March
Gambia 99-9 (20 overs, A Gbla 3-17
Sierra Leone 100-3 (17.5 overs)

Rwanda beat Swaziland by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 23 March
Swaziland 137-6 (20 overs, I Patel 52, N Mohammed 4-33)
Rwanda 140-4 (17.4 overs, P George 37)

Swaziland beat Sierra Leone by 13 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 23 March
Swaziland 139-4 (20 overs, H Rashid 44*)
Sierra Leone 126-8 (20 overs, J Mansary 42, A Patel 4-28)

Rwanda beat Gambia by 9 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 23 March
Gambia 63 (14.4 overs, N Mohammed 3-16)
Rwanda 67-1 (7.1 overs, P George 35*)