The third round of matches in the Africa Cricket Association Cup saw the Zimbabwe Invitation XI win their third match to ensure that they head into the rest day at the top of the table.

Playing Kenya, they batted first after losing the toss. Scoring steadily, they looked to be struggling at some points during their innings. But they were able to count on Malcolm Waller, who played in the recent ODI tri-series against Australia and South Africa, and scored 76 from 65 balls in this game to help them reach 247 before they were bowled out.

Kenya's reply saw no batsmen get any sort of a start, with A Auma the top scorer on 36. They were bowled out for 204 to lose by 43 runs.

The performance of the day came from Namibia's Gerrie Snyman, who gave us a glimpse of his past dominance of associate bowling attacks with a big innings against Tanzania.

Batting first after winning the toss, Snyman put on 44 for the opening wicket with Pikky Ya France, before the latter was the first man out in the 8th over. The second wicket didn't come until the 44th over as Snyman and Sarel Burger took apart the Tanzanian bowlers with a 225 run partnership.

Snyman was eventually out having scored 171 from 136 balls - interestingly without a six. He was lbw to Hamisi Abdallah, who quickly removed Sarel Burger for 74 soon after and proceeded to take the next four wickets too, as Namibia went from 269-1 to 318-7. A devestating collapse at any other time, but too little to late from a Tanzanian perspective.

Predictably enough, Tanzania got nowhere near that mammoth target. Nasibu Mapunda hung around for a bit, scoring 48, but his side were bowled out for 130 to lose by 188 runs. JJ Smit and Ricardo Strauss both took four wickets for the Namibians.

The South African Invitation XI followed yesterday's tie against Kenya by being on the receiving end of a drubbing by Uganda today.

Batting first after winning the toss, Uganda's innings was again led by Roger Mukasa, who scored 75 at exactly a run a ball. Opening partner Arthur Ziraba had the next highest score of 36, and Uganda reached 281-6 from their 50 overs.

The sole bright spot in the host's reply was an innings of 71 by T Koekemoer. Only three other South African batsmen reached double figures and they were bowled out for 137 to lose by 144 runs, their last six wickets producing just 17 runs between them. Henry Senyondo was the pick of the Ugandan bowlers with 4-24.

Tomorrow is a rest day in the tournament and it will resume on Friday, with table toppers Zimbabwe Invitation XI taking on Uganda. In other matches that day, Namibia will play Kenya and the South African Invitation XI and Tanzania will both hope to pick up their first win of the tournament when they play each other.


Zimbabwe Invitation XI beat Kenya by 43 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 10 September
Zimbabwe Invitation XI 247 (47.5 overs, M Waller 76, I Kaia 38, J Ngoche 3-55)
Kenya 204 (45.2 overs, A Auma 36)

Namibia beat Tanzania by 188 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 10 September
Namibia 318-7 (50 overs, G Snyman 171, S Burger 74, H Abdallah 6-58)
Tanzania 130 (34.4 overs, N Mapunda 48, R Strauss 44, JJ Smit 4-20)

South Africa Invitation XI lost to Uganda by 144 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 10 September
Uganda 281-6 (50 overs, R Mukasa 75, A Ziraba 36)
South Africa Invitation XI 137 (38.5 overs, T Koekemoer 71, H Senyondo 4-24, D Karashani 3-26)