As with day one of ICC Africa Division 2, Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria all recorded wins today in Benoni, with Zambia remaining on top of the table on net run rate.

Playing against the Seychelles, Zambia batted first after losing the toss. Both openers were dismissed for low scores, but an 84 run partnership for the third wicket between Himal Patel and Sarfraz Patel swung the game the way of their team. The partnership ended when Sarfraz Patel was dismissed for 50, scored from just 28 balls.

Himal Patel went on to score 55, whilst Sarfraz Yunus Patel blitzed 38 from 15 balls to take the Zambian total to a formidable 176-4 from their 20 overs.

The Seychelles did manage to avoid being bowled out, but none of their batsmen could make any sort of significant contribution, with Mukesh Lalji Vadadoria top scoring with 31. Sharif Ismail Yousuf took 4-28 as the chasing side were kept to 121-8 from their 20 overs.

Ghana had a similarly comprehensive victory over promoted side Swaziland. Also put into bat by their opponents, Ghana were able to score 150-8 from their 20 overs, with their innings being built around knocks of 36 and 35 by Julius Mensah and Simon Ateak respectively.

Obed Harvey then bowled superbly for Ghana, taking 5 wickets for just 11 runs as Swaziland were bowled out for 90. Captain Naeem Gull offered the only resistance, scoring 29 before he was out.

Pre-tournament favourites Nigeria had a surprisingly tough time against Mozambique. Put into bat, they were bowled out for 105, with Segun Olayinka the only batsman to make a decent score with 55. Lili Imtiyaz Shafikbhai bowled well for Mozambique, going for just nine runs from his four overs, taking three wickets in the process.

Mozambique's batsman though failed to capitalise on what their bowlers did for them. On 47-3 at the halfway stage, they lost their next six wickets for just 11 runs. They did manage to bat out their overs, but were only able to score 77-9, losing by 28 runs. Isaac Okpe was miserly for Nigeria, taking 3-5 from his four overs.

Zambia will hope to remain top when they take on Swaziland tomorrow. Ghana have their toughest assignment so far when they play Nigeria, whilst Mozambique and the Seychelles will look for their first win when they play each other.


Zambia beat Seychelles by 55 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 21 September
Zambia 176-4 (20 overs, H Patel 55, S Patel 50, S Yunus Patel 38*)
Seychelles 121-8 (20 overs, S Ismail Yousuf 4-28)

Ghana beat Swaziland by 60 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 21 September
Ghana 150-8 (20 overs, J Mensah 36, S Ateak 35)
Swaziland 90 (18.4 overs, O Harvey 5-11)

Nigeria beat Mozambique by 28 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa, 21 September
Nigeria 105 (18.4 overs, S Olayinka 55, L Imtiyaz Shafikbhai 3-9)
Mozambique 77-9 (20 overs, I Okpe 3-5)