Fifty over cricket in regions outside of Asia has become an increasingly rare beast in recent years, with just one tournament in Europe in the last four years. So it is refreshing to see such a tournament take place in the Africa region, with Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda joining South African and Zimbabwean invitation/development sides in the tournament.

The first day of the event saw wins for the Zimbabwe side as well as Kenya and Namibia.

Uganda won the toss and chose to bowl first in their match against Kenya, with A Auma and Dhiren Gondaria putting on 83 for the first Kenyan wicket. Auma top scored for the Kenyans with 70, whilst Kalpesh Patel also contributed with 59.

Kenya picked up the pace towards the end of the innings, with Amollo and Ngoche putting on 75 in the last eight overs to take them to 306-5 from their 50 overs.

Uganda started their innings well, with Roger Mukasa scoring a quick-fire 42 from just 22 balls, and Hamu Bagenda scoring 40. But apart from those two, the only other significant contribution came late in their reply from number 10 Daniel Ruyange, who scored 30.

Uganda were bowled out for 184, losing by 122 runs. Elijah Asoyo was the pick of the bowlers with 5-33.

Namibia also batted first after losing the toss against the South African Invitation XI. Their innings was primarily built around two half-centuries from Stephan Baard and Sarel Burger, who scored 58 and 53 respectively.

The rest of their batting line-up didn't contribute anything significant, with the next highest score of 23 being shared by three batsmen. They scored 255-7 from their 50 overs.

The South African Invitation XI, mostly made up of players from their second tier domestic competition, mostly struggled in reply. An innings of 31 from D Fielding was their top score as they were bowled out for 187, JJ Smith taking 3-33.

The other match of the day saw Tanzania heavily defeated by the Zimbabwe Invitation XI. After Tazania were bowled out for 71, the Zimbabweans chased down the target in 12.5 overs to win by 8 wickets.

In tomorrow's matches, Kenya will take on the South African Invitation XI, Namibia will play the Zimbabwean Invitation XI, whilst Uganda will come up against Tanzania.


Kenya beat Uganda by 122 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 8 September
Kenya 306-5 (50 overs, A Auma 70, K Patel 59, M Amollo 47*)
Uganda 184 (43.4 overs, R Mukasa 42, H Bagenda 40, E Asoyo 5-33)

South African Invitation XI lost to Namibia by 68 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 8 September
Namibia 255-7 (50 overs, S Baard 58, S Burger 53)
South Africa Invitation XI 187 (43.4 overs, JJ Smit 3-33)

Zimbabwe Invitation XI beat Tanzania by 8 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 8 September
Tanzania 71 (18.2 overs, T Mupunga 5-29)
Zimbabwe Invitation XI 72-2 (12.5 overs, K Sauramba 35*)