Zambia remain top of ICC Africa Division 2 after the third day's play today, with Ghana hot on their heels. Both teams remain unbeaten after winning their respective matches today in Benoni, South Africa.

Ghana took on pre-tournament favourites Nigeria, with the Nigerians winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. It soon looked to be a superb decision as both openers were quickly dispatched for ducks. Samson Awiah and Simon Ateak then put on 86 for the third wicket, the partnership ending when Awiah was dismissed for 36.

Ateak stayed in to reach 60 from 52 balls before he was out one over from the end of the innings, one of three wickets for Saheed Akolade. The final Ghana score was 141-6.

Nigeria's reply started similarly, with both openers dismissed cheaply. Unlike the Ghana innings though, there was no recovery as they were bowled out for 110 to lose by 31 runs. David Ankrah and Obed Agbomadzie both took three wickets.

Zambia, meanwhile, had an even easier time of it against promoted Swaziland. Bowling first, they bowled the Division 3 champions out for just 89. Sharif Ismail Yousuf was the pick of the bowlers with 4-21, whilst James Zimba also chipped in, taking three wickets.

Zambia then chased down their target with little trouble to win by 6 wickets. Himal Patel top scored for them with 32.

In the other match today, the Seychelles picked up their first win of the tournament. Batting first after winning the toss, the opening pair of Janaka Rathnayaka and Hari Kamalan put on 109 before the latter was out for 39. Rathnayaka was out soon afterwards, having scored 61, and they went on to reach 149-7 from their 20 overs.

Mozambique did manage to bat out their overs, but were unable to score quickly enough, only making 125-7 and losing by 24 runs. Syed Kaleem Raza Shah top scored with 47, completing a fine all round performance after taking four wickets earlier.

The tournament continues tomorrow, with Zambia and Ghana facing off against each other in a match that could go a long way to deciding which side gets promoted to Division 1. Nigeria will hope to bounce back with a victory over the Seychelles, whilst Mozambique will look to pick up their first win when they take on Swaziland.


Ghana beat Nigeria by 31 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 22 September
Ghana 141-6 (20 overs, S Ateak 60, S Awiah 36, S Akolade 3-20)
Nigeria 110 (18 overs, D Ankrah 3-7, O Agbomadzie 3-27)

Zambia beat Swaziland by 6 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 22 September
Swaziland 89 (18.4 overs, S Ismail Yousuf 4-21, J Zimba 3-15)
Zambia 93-4 (13.2 overs)

Seychelles beat Mozambique by 24 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 22 September
Seychelles 149-7 (20 overs, J Rathnayaka 61, H Kamalan 39, S Kaleem Raza Shah 4-26)
Mozambique 125-7 (20 overs, S Kaleem Raza Shah 47)