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 136-5, 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).
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 added 83 not out to his first-day half-century. That enabled Namibia to pile on 229-6. In response, Mozambique never got close, as they caved in for 104.
Tangeni Lungameni grabbed 5-16 including a hat-trick 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 3-21, as Swaziland were restricted to 105-7. 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 196-5, with Damian O’Bey (55), Ryan Belgrove (54) and skipper Scott Crowie (63 not out) 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, with St Helena triumphing by 73 runs.
Botswana won the toss and chose to bat first against St Helena in Tuesday morning’s fixture at the main oval. Swaziland take on Mozambique in the other match.
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Highlights and interviews from match-day two:
Scores in brief
St Helena 136-5 (A Yon 54, S Crowie 45 not out)
Malawi 130-5 (D Kansonkho 41, M Baig 34)
St Helena won by six runs
Swaziland 105-7 (S Patel 3-21)
Lesotho 109 for two (S Patel 34 not out)
Lesotho won by eight wickets
Namibia 229-6 (L Louwrens 100, J Frylinck 83)
Mozambique 104 ( T Lungameni 5-16)
Namibia won by 125 runs
St Helena 196-5 (S Crowie 63 not out, D O’Bey 55, R Belgrove 54)
Lesotho 123 (M Khan 51, P Stroud 3-10, R Belgrove 3-28)
St Helena won by 73 runs