The Africa Cricket Association Cup resumed today in Benoni with the Zimbabwe Invitation XI losing their first match, against Uganda.

Batting first after winning the toss, the Zimbabweans batted steadily, with a handful of batsmen getting starts. None of them were able to kick on and get a big score though, with Malcolm Waller's 41 the top score in their total of 252. They lost their final wicket from the last ball of the innings, with the Ugandan attack sharing the wickets around.

Uganda's reply opened with a 90 run partnership between Roger Mukasa and Arthur Kyobe, which ended when Mukasa was trapped lbw by Waller for 55. For once he wasn't the top Ugandan scorer though, as Kyobe went on to score 69 before he was the fifth wicket to fall in the 43rd over.

Uganda at that point needed 53 runs from 7.2 overs, and they got there thanks to Daniel Ruyange hitting 22 from just 10 balls to secure a one wicket win with one ball to spare.

In the match between Kenya and Namibia, Kenya won the toss and put the Namibians into bat, quickly removing openers Pikky Ya France and Gerrie Snyman within the first four overs. Namibia's innings was built around a 124 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Ray van Schoor and Nicolaas Scholtz, which ended when van Schoor was out for 72.

Scholtz went on to score 70 before he was out, and Christi Viljoen scored 37 from 25 balls towards the end of the innings to take the Namibian total to 272-9. James Ngoche was the pick of the Kenyan bowlers with 3-42.

Kenya paced their chase well, picking up the run rate as the innings progressed. A 102 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Collins Obuya and M Amollo, which ended when Obuya was out for 58, provided the backbone to the run chase, before Amollo and Rakep Patel put on an unbroken 76 to secure the six wicket win.

Amollo finished not out on 69, with Patel scoring 45 from 39 deliveries.

In the other match of the day, South Africa Invitation XI picked up their first win of the tournament, with the hosts beating Tanzania by four wickets.


Uganda beat Zimbabwe Invitation XI by 1 wicket
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
Zimbabwe Invitation XI 252 (50 overs, M Waller 41, T Maruma 40, K Kasuza 39)
Uganda 256-9 (49.5 overs, A Kyobe 69, R Mukasa 55, D Karashani 35, M Waller 4-38, I Kaia 3-55)

Kenya beat Namibia by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
Namibia 272-9 (50 overs, R van Schoor 72, N Scholtz 70, C Viljoen 37, J Ngoche 3-42)
Kenya 273-4 (49 overs, M Amollo 69*, C Obuya 58, N Patel 46)

South Africa Invitation XI beat Tanzania by 4 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
Tanzania 236-8 (50 overs)
South Africa Invitation XI 240-6 (47.2 overs)