ICC Africa Division 2 continued in Benoni, South Africa today, with Zambia edging closer to securing promotion to division one after a win over Ghana today.

Winning the toss and choosing to bowl first, Zambia's attack kept Ghana in check, with only Obed Agbomadzie able to get a decent start, scoring 30 before he was out. Ghana lost three wickets to run outs as they were restricted to 121-8 from their 20 overs.

Zambia blasted 17 from the first over of their run chase before Allan Nsensha was dismissed at the start of the second over. Ashraf Lulat and Himal Patel then put on 51 for the second wicket before Lulat was out for 24. Sarfraz Patel was out soon afterwards, but Zambia lost no further wickets.

Himal Patel scored an unbeaten 61 from 62 balls as Zambia chased down their target in 19 overs to win by 7 wickets. A win tomorrow over Nigeria will secure promotion to division one, with even defeat not likely to dent their promotion hopes too much thanks to their net run rate.

Nigeria, a team in the World Cricket League and considered favourites for the tournament before it began, were eliminated from contention for promotion after a shock defeat to the Seychelles. Batting first after winning the toss, Nigeria scored steadily during their innings, making 151-7 from their 20 overs. Kaushal Jhadavjibhai Patel and Arvind Nanji Bhuva both took three wickets.

The Seychelles run chase was led by Sandesh Ananda Kunder, who top scored with 64 from 42 balls - including five sixes - before he was out in the 18th over. Murray Peter Clarke scored an unbeaten 43 as the Seychelles completed a 7 wicket win with five balls to spare.

The other match today, between Swaziland and Mozambique, was a high scoring affair. Swaziland batted first after winning the toss, and they were led by Estian Sauerman who clubbed an unbeaten 109 from just 59 balls as his team scored 214-5 from their 20 overs.

No one batsman was able to dominate Mozambique's reply, with four making scores between 35 and 39. They stayed just in touch with the required rate until the final two overs though, at which point they lost their last five wickets for just one run. Wezley Masterson finished them off in the final over, taking three wickets in four balls, only a wide stopping him from getting a hat-trick in what was his only over. Mozambique were bowled out for 184 to lose by 30 runs.

The tournament concludes tomorrow with Zambia hoping to secure promotion when they play Nigeria. Ghana could be in with a chance of promotion if they can heavily beat Mozambique tomorrow. The other match will see the Seychelles take on Swaziland.


Zambia beat Ghana by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 23 September
Ghana 121-8 (20 overs)
Zambia 122-3 (19 overs, H Patel 61)

Seychelles beat Nigeria by 7 wickets
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 23 September
Nigeria 151-7 (20 overs, K Jhadavjibhai Patel 3-22, A Nanji Bhuva 3-31)
Seychelles 155-3 (19.1 overs, S Ananda Kunder 64, M Peter Clarke 43*)

Swaziland beat Mozambique by 30 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 23 September
Swaziland 214-5 (20 overs, E Sauerman 109*, N Gull 46)
Mozambique 184 (19.4 overs, L Imtiyaz Shafikbhai 39, K Ramalingam 36, W Masterson 3-1)