For Ghana today the equation was simple, if a little unlikely. They had to beat Mozambique in convincing fashion, and hope that Nigeria would do the same against the so far unbeaten Zambian side. Remarkably, both of these things happened.

Put into bat in their match against Mozambique, Ghana were scoring quickly at the start of their innings, but weren't keeping wickets in hand. They'd lost three wickets by the seventh over, scoring 48 in the process. That third wicket brought Obed Agbomadzie to the crease, and he proceeded to dominate the innings.

He put on 118 for the fourth wicket with Julius Mensah before the latter was out in the 18th over, and finished the innings unbeaten having smashed 81 from just 42 balls. Ghana had made 200-4 from their 20 overs.

Mozambique were unable to get anywhere near that target as they were bowled out for 69, losing by 131 runs. Only two batsmen were able to reach double figures. Isaac Aboagye and Vincent Ateak both took three wickets, whilst Agbomadzie added to his 81 by taking two wickets.

On the neighbouring ground in Benoni, Nigeria batted first after losing the toss against Zambia. Emmanuel Okwudili top scored in their innings with 51 as they made 152-9 from their 20 overs. The score probably should have been higher but Nigeria twice had something of a mini-collapse, going from 117-2 to 119-5 and from 132-6 to 145-9.

Zambia's reply got off to a terrible start as they lost their first two wickets from the first two balls of their innings. They never really recovered from there. Showing none of the class they'd shown in their previous four matches, they were bowled out for 91, losing by 61 runs.

That result confirmed that Ghana had won the tournament and gained promotion to Africa Division One, where they will join Kenya, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana. The tournament will be played sometime early next year, with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the global World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland next July.

The other match of the day between the Seychelles and Swaziland had no affect on the outcome of the tournament, but was a closely fought match that went right down to the final over. Swaziland batted first and were bowled out for 110, with Aziz Patel top scoring with 48. Patel then completed a good all-round performance, taking three wickets as the Seychelles were bowled out for 102 with three balls to spare.


Ghana beat Mozambique by 131 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 24 September
Ghana 200-4 (20 overs, O Agbomadzie 81*)
Mozambique 69 (14.4 overs, V Ateak 3-7, I Aboagye 3-12)

Nigeria beat Zambia by 61 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 24 September
Nigeria 152-9 (20 overs, E Okwudili 51)
Zambia 91 (18.5 overs, S Akolade 3-11)

Swaziland beat Seychelles by 8 runs
Willowmoore Park, Benoni, 24 September
Swaziland 110 (17 overs, A Patel 48, A Nanji Bhuva 3-14, M Lalji Vadadoria 3-25)
Seychelles 102 (19.3 overs, A Patel 3-14)