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Ghana won the toss and chose to field against Botswana on day 3 of the 2017 ICC World Cricket League Qualifier – Africa at Sahara Park Willowmoore in Benoni.
Vincent Ateak and Isaac Aboagye took 3 for 23 (10 overs) and 3 for 27 (7.2 overs) respectively as Botswana were bowled out for 154 inside 47 overs. They lost their last 6 wickets for just 51 runs to send the Ghanaians in to face 3 overs before the lunch interval.
A mature knock of 75 not out (98 deliveries) from Simon Ateak, that included 6 fours and a six ensured Ghana remained on top of the standings going into day 4. The Ateak brothers put on 45 for the 4th wicket to take their team to within 33 of the target. They eventually got home with 92 deliveries to spare.
At Sahara Park Willowmoore B, Oluseye Olympio top scored with 57 (51 balls) for Nigeria striking one boundary and six sixes to set Sierra Leone a target of 182. In response Sierra Leone could only manage 90 (36.4 overs) to give the Nigerians their first victory of the tournament. Abiodun Abioye was the pick of the Nigerian bowlers taking 4 for 24 of 7.4 overs.
In Monday’s other match Tanzania won the toss and sent the Zambians in to bat first. A brilliant knock of 52 (51 balls) from Javed Patel that included four lusty sixes ensured they posted a very competitive 207. Arun Dagar returning figures of 3 for 27 of 10 overs for the Tanzanians.
The match went down to the wire with Tanzania requiring 28 from the last 5 overs. They got home with 5 balls to spare after some sloppy fielding from the Zambians. Ashish Kamania striking 62 of 96 deliveries to ensure the Tanzanians stayed in the hunt for qualification.
Day 4 sees Nigeria facing off against Zambia, Sierra Leone take on Botswana and a pivotal clash between Tanzania and Ghana.
A win for the Ghanaians will all but seal their qualification to the World Cricket League Championship.
Summary of results:
Ghana 155 (34.4 overs) beat Botswana 154 (46.2 overs)
Tanzania 208 (49.1 overs) beat Zambia 207 (50 overs)
Nigeria 181 (48.3 overs) beat Sierra Leone 90 (36.4 overs)
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