Day two of the Africa Cricket Association Cup was highlighted by Kenya tieing with the South Africa Invitation XI in a thrilling match that went right down to the wire at Willowmoore Park.

Put into bat after Kenya won the toss, the South Africans started their innings steadily, scoring at just over three runs per over at the start. D Fielding gave the innings some impetus with 44 from 50 balls early on.

It was C Samboer and J Van Dyk who got the home side up to a decent score though, with Samboer scoring 60 from 35 balls before he was out. Van Dyk batted out the innings finishing unbeaten on 72 from just 42 balls as the hosts racked up 282-9 from their 50 overs.

Kenya lost wickets early in their reply, but Collins Obuya and Rakep Patel got them right back into the game. The pair put on 143 for the fifth wicket before Patel was out for 74. Obuya stayed in, shepherding the tail and dominating the strike. He scored 129 before he was the eigth man out in the 46th over.

Numbers 9 and 10 got them needing 16 from the last two overs, and scored 10 from the 49th over, giving them a shot at victory. Five were then taken from the first two balls of the final over, bringing the scores level. The last two batsmen then contrived to both run themselves out going for the winning run, meaning the game ended in an amazing tie.

Namibia's hopes of another win against one of the full member invitation XIs was dashed by an almost perfectly played run chase by the Zimbabwe Invitation XI.

Put into bat by the Zimbabwean skipper, Namibia's innings was led by Stephen Baard in the first 20 overs. Baard, who scored 58 yesterday, scored 63 from 55 balls today, before he was bowled by Stephen Chimhamhiwa in the 20th over. The Namibian middle order then struggled, finding themselves on 138 when the sixth wicket fell in the 27th over.

The lower order rallied though, led by Christie Viljoen's innings of 43, batting at number 8. They were eventually bowled out for 259 from exactly 49.2 overs. Chimhamhiwa was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers with 3-38.

In reply, Zimbabwe Invitation XI lost their openers early, finding themselves on 10-2. But Forster Mutizwa and Timycen Maruma then put on a perfectly paced partnership to swing the game well towards their team.

Scoring slowly, but steadily, to start with, they eventually picked their pace up. They put on 194 in 36 overs before Mutizwa got out having scored 89. Maruma stayed in, reaching his century and going on to score 127 to guide his team to a six wicket win.

In the match between Uganda and Tanzania, the Tanzanians chose to bat first after winning the toss. Their innings was led by Abhik Patwa, who scored 63. The next highest score was Hamisi Abdullah's 34, with no other batsman making a significant contribution. They were bowled out for 172, Daniel Ruyange and Henry Senyondo both taking four wickets.

Uganda's reply was dominated by Roger Mukasa's 74. They survived a scare when he was one of three wickets to fall for nine runs in the middle overs, leaving them on 120-6. No further wickets were lost, with the 7th wicket pair putting on an unbeaten 53 to secure the four wicket win.

The tournament will continue tomorrow with the South Africa Invitation XI playing Tanzania, Namibia taking on Kenya and the Zimbabwe Invitation XI coming up against Uganda.


South Africa Invitation XI tied with Kenya
Willowmoore Park, South Africa, 9 September
South Africa Invitation XI 282-9 (50 overs, J Van Dyk 72, C Samboer 60, D Fielding 44, N Ngoche 3-47)
Kenya 282 (49.4 overs, C Obuya 129, R Patel 74, M Njoloza 4-53)

Zimbabwe Invitation XI beat Namibia by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, South Africa, 9 September
Namibia 259 (49.2 overs, S Baard 63, C Viljoen 43, M Erasmus 37, S Chimhamhiwa 3-38)
Zimbabwe Invitation XI 261-4 (T Maruma 127*, F Mutizwa 89)

Uganda beat Tanzania by 4 wickets
Willowmoore Park, South Africa, 9 September
Tanzania 172 (48.5 overs, A Patwa 63, H Senyondo 4-25, D Ruyange 4-32)
Uganda 173-6 (37.2 overs, R Mukasa 74)