Kenya have won the Africa Cricket Association Cup after they beat Tanzania yesterday in South Africa, and Uganda and the Zimbabwe Invitation XI both lost.

Kenya's win against Tanzania came in very quick fashion before the scheduled interval in the match. They quickly bowled their opponents out for just 91, before A Auma smashed 72 from just 43 balls to lead his team to a nine wicket win in 10.4 overs.

This put Kenya on 7 points in the tournament, but they knew that if either Uganda or the Zimbabwe Invitation XI won their games, they'd lose their position at the top of the table.

The Zimbabwe Invitation XI were taking on their South African counterparts, with the hosts batting first after they won the toss. The South Africans lost their first three wickets quickly, with just 22 runs on the board, but recovered thanks to Kagisho Pedi and Josh Dolley putting on 80 for the fourth wicket before the former was out for 54.

Dolley went on to score 74 before he was out in the final over, helping take his team's total to 236-7 from their 50 overs. Tinashe Mupunga was the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers with 4-38.

The Zimbabwean reply started disastrously, as they were quickly reduced to 12-4 inside the first four overs. At 87-6 in the 20th over, they were looking well out of the running. Remarkably though, they got close to winning the game.

That they got close was almost single handedly down to Stephen Trenchard. Batting at number eight, he scored an unbeaten 90 from 91 balls. Malcolm Waller was the only other batsman to make any sort of significant score, making 54 before he was the seventh man out.

Mbulelo Budaza took three wickets for the hosts as they bowled out the Zimbabweans for 233, securing a narrow three run win for the South African Invitation XI.

Uganda's match against Namibia turned into something of a rout as Gerrie Snyman again got in the runs for Namibia. Batting first, Namibia had a 189 run partnership for the opening wicket between Stephen Baard and Gerrie Snyman, which ended when Baard was dismissed for 77.

Snyman kept on going until he was the third man out in the 44th over having scored 165, his second highest score of the tournament. Namibia went on to reach 349-4 from their 50 overs, setting Uganda a very stiff target.

Uganda lost their tournament's top scorer Roger Mukasa early on in their innings, and never really recovered from that point. Davis Karashani was able to contribute 61, but no other batsman chipped in and they were bowled out for 199. Bernard Scholtz was the pick of the Namibian bowlers with 4-44.

That defeat ensured that Kenya would just win the tournament by one point, their tie against the hosts earlier in the tournament ensuring that they won.

Kenya's next action will be Division 2 of the World Cricket League in January next year, a tournament that will also involve Namibia, who will host. Uganda have the most pressing concerns, as they are set to host WCL Division Three next month. This tournament will have been good preparation for those WCL tournaments. Regional 50 over cricket is very rare these days, and it is no surprise that the one region that still plays it regularly - Asia - has been the most successful in WCL tournaments in recent years.


Kenya beat Tanzania by 9 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
Tanzania 91 (27.3 overs, J Ngoche 4-2, N Ngoche 3-44)
Kenya 95-1 (10.4 overs, A Auma 72*)

South Africa Invitation XI beat Zimbabwe Invitation XI by 3 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
South Africa Invitation XI 236-7 (50 overs, J Dolley 74, K Pedi 54, C Samboer 48, T Mupunga 4-38)
Zimbabwe Invitation XI 233 (47.4 overs, S Trenchard 90*, M Waller 54, M Budaza 3-26)

Namibia beat Uganda by 150 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa
Namibia 349-4 (50 overs, G Snyman 165, S Baard 77)
Uganda 199 (44 overs, D Karashani 61, B Scholtz 4-44)