- St Helena make it three wins from three
- Louwrens smashes fine century
- Lungameni bags hattrick in 5 for 16
The second day of the ICC World Twenty20 Africa C Qualifier, in Botswana, saw Namibia carry on their fine form, and put a marker down for the rest of the teams to pursue.
St Helena had already started their day with a tense, six-run victory over Malawi, thanks to Andrew Yon's half-century and skipper Scott Crowie (45). St Helena made 136 for five and then held off Malawi by just six runs.
The Malawians got close thanks to Donnex Kanshonkho (41) and some late hitting from Moazzam Baig (34) and Gershom Ntambalika (29 not out).
Crowie marshalling his troops with bat and ball to a tense victory.
Namibia, the tournament favourites, helped themselves to a massive, 125-run win over Mozambique, thanks to the first century of the tournament, notched by opening batsman Lohandre Louwrens, who struck an outrageous 100 from just 48 balls.
He got wonderful support from in-form skipper Jan Frylinck, who added83 not out to his first-day half-century. That enabled Namibia to pile on 229 for six. In response, Mozambique never got close, as they caved in for 104.
Tangeni Lungameni grabbed five for just 16 runs including a hattrick to confirm the routing.
Lesotho beat Swaziland, before being trounced by St Helena in their double dose of action. In the morning, Sarfaraj Patel took three for 21, as Swaziland were restricted to 105 for seven. Chasing that target, Patel then made 34 not out, to see Lesotho home by eight wickets.
In their second outing, St Helena got the better of Lesotho, in far more comfortable fashion. The Islanders scored 196 for five, with Damian O'Bey (55), Ryan Belgrove (54) and skipper Scott Crowie (63*) all climbing in.
In reply, Lesotho were blown away for just 123, as the double shift took its toll. Maaz Khan made 51, but it wasn't nearly enough.
Belgrove took three wickets to complete a fine day's work for the Islanders, with St Helena triumphing by 73 runs.
Botswana won the toss and chose to bat first against St Helena in this morning’s fixture at the main oval. Swaziland take on Mozambique in the other match.
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Highlights and interviews from matchday 2 below,
Scores in brief
St Helena 136 for five (A Yon 54, S Crowie 45 not out)
Malawi 130 for five (D Kansonkho 41, M Baig 34)
St Helena won by six runs
Swaziland 105 for seven (S Patel three for 21)
Lesotho 109 for two (S Patel 34 not out)
Lesotho won by eight wickets
Namibia 229 for six (L Louwrens 100, J Frylinck 83)
Mozambique 104 all out ( T Lungameni five for 16)
Namibia won by 125 runs
St Helena 196 for five (S Crowie 63 not out, D O'Bey 55, R Belgrove 54)
Lesotho 123 all out (M Khan 51, P Stroud three for 10, R Belgrove three for 28)
St Helena won by 73 runs
Tuesday 30th October
9:30 AM BCA 1 St Helena vs Botswana
BCA 2 Malawi vs Swaziland
1:50 PM BCA 1 Lesotho vs Mozambique
BCA 2 Botswana vs Malawi
Wednesday 31st October
Thursday 1st November
9:30 AM BCA 1 Mozambique vs Malawi
BCA 2 Namibia vs Lesotho
1:50 PM BCA 1 Botswana vs Swaziland
BCA 2 Malawi vs Lesotho
Friday 2nd November
9:30 AM BCA 1 Mozambique vs St. Helena
BCA 2 Lesotho vs Botswana
1:50 PM BCA 1 Swaziland vs Mozambique
BCA 2 St. Helena vs Namibia
Saturday 3rd November
10:30 AM BCA 1 Namibia vs Botswana