Lesotho push Rwanda to the limit in a last ball thriller
ICC media release
A rejuvenated and enthusiastic looking Lesotho almost managed to pull off a wonderful win over the tournament number one ranked team, Rwanda, on the opening day of ICC Africa Division 3, but in the end it was only cool heads that saved the match for Rwanda.
The event is the first qualifying tournament in the Africa region for the ICC World Twenty20 2012.
Rwanda were able to post a competitive 102 in the allotted 20 overs, with Subashas Samez scoring freely with an exciting 20 off 23 balls, while Derrick Bayingana was able to chip in with 12 off 17 balls. The pick of the Lesotho bowlers was undoubtedly Seth Suleman who took four wickets for 30 runs.
In the run chase the Lesotho batsmen got off to a very positive start, hitting 34 off the first five overs. Raline Lemphanne was the star of the run chase with 28 run off 41 deliveries. Unfortunately this was a little too late and Lesotho was beaten by one run, having only needed six runs off the final over to win the game.
In the other match of the morning, new boys Morocco completely outplayed a desperate Gambia. First time participants, in the ICC Africa Regional events, Morocco bowled an under gunned Gambia out for 58 runs in the 13th over. Rachid Harmaouri and Soufine Es-sih both took 3 wickets.
The Moroccan batting never looked in trouble and passed the target in the 16th over with only two wickets down. Rachid Harmaouri was again the star performer with 27 NO off 58 balls.
The final match of the day saw determined newcomer to regional events, Seychelles, bat aggressively and ended up setting a very impressive 161 for seven. Naaidoo (47), Nagaraja(30) and Kamalan(45) all looked in very good form.
Simon Watson of the Mali, was the only one to cause any problems for the Seychelles batters. He ended with the impressive figures of 4 for 24.
In the field the islanders looked a very good outfit. The bowling was tight, supported by aggressive fielding, and in the end it achieved a comfortable 61-run victory.
On Friday, Cameroon get their first run against Lesotho, in one of four matches that take place.