Seychelles holds its nerves to win
ICC media release
In a very closely contested match at the Achimota Field A, Gambia was able to push the Seychelles extremely hard! In a much improved performance, the Gambian bowling put early pressure on the batting of the Seychelles. Mybe Dumbya struck with the first ball of the match, clean bowling Krishnasamy Naidoo for a duck.
Further pressure saw the Seychelles ship flounder as they lost their third, fourth, fifth and sixth wickets for no runs. They were at the end of the eighth over 31 for 6. The very desperate situation was "rescued" by cool headed, captain Sundesh Kunder(18) and Arvind Bhuva(10). The Seychelles were eventually bowled out for 85 in the 18th over.
Pick of the Gambian bowlers was strike bowler Mbye Dumbe who ended with 3 for 12 in his allotment. Some committed fielding added to the bowlers ability to contain the Seychelles batters to only 85.
This seemed to be enough for the first timers at the ICC Regional events. In an exciting run chase the Gambians seems to have everything under control in the pursuit of the modest target. It was in the fourth over that they lost their first wicket for 14. a middle order catastrophe saw the Gambians peg themselves back substantially. This was due to a extraordinary four wickets in four balls by Arvind Bhuva, he ended with a return of 5 for 8 in his 4 overs.
The Gambians soon found themselves been bowled out in the penultimate over a mere 15 run short of an epic win. Stars of the run chase was Aniru Conteh (19) and Gabriel Njie (17).
The afternoon matches saw unbeaten Morocco play Mali on the Achimota A Field and the unlucky Lesotho playing Cameroon on Achimota B, in a must win fixture for both countries.
Mali were able to set Morocco, 72 in their 20 overs. This was largely due to some aggressive bowling early on . Mali were only 37 in the tenth over. They were not able to recover from this slow start. Significantly Abbis Younis and Es-sih Soufiana perofrmed well with the ball and both got three wickets each.
The second innings got off to a measured start.The first wicket partnership yeilded 50 runs. At this point of the match the Moroccans were well on their way to knock off the runs. They passed the total with only four wickets down. Harmaourin Rachid scored a fine 367 in 56 balls.
Once again Simon Watson shone with the ball ad had figures of 4 for 16.
On the Achimota Field B Cameroon faced the resurgent Lesotho. The mountain kingdom were aggressive in everything they did in the field. They restricted the Cameroonians' to 75 runs. Thabiso Mohapi excelled with the ball, he managed to get 5 for 17 in his four overs.
Lesotho began their quest for victory with venom, Sararaj Patel score 36 NO and Ishrad Patel partnered him to get 15 off 17. Lesotho passed the target in 8.5 overs.
Tomorrow sees two unbeaten teams from Pool B Morocco face off with Seychelles for a place in the first place play off. Rwanda need to beat Cameroon to secure their place in at the top of their pool.