Botswana and Tanzania clinched their places in Pepsi ICC Africa Division 1 after securing the top two places in Division 2 on the final day of matches at Willowmoore Park (Benoni, South Africa).
Having both won five of their opening six matches, Botswana and Tanzania went into their last games in the knowledge that a victory would almost certainly secure them a top-two finish.
Zambia had also triumphed in five of their first six outings but their net-run-rate was significantly inferior to their rivals that they were relying on a defeat for either of the top two to leapfrog one of them.
As it turned out, Botswana and Tanzania both claimed big victories although Zambia did also maintain their own proud record to also finish with six wins out of seven games.
Botswana kept their place at the top of the table with a 67-run win over Seychelles. Karabo Modise top-scored with a 39-ball 57 as Botswana made 163-7 from their 20 overs. Seychelles were bowled out for 96 with a ball to spare, four bowlers taking two wickets apiece.
Tanzania's 41-run victory wasn't enough to overhaul Botswana at the head of the table. An impressive batting display saw Tanzania hammer 182-7 with Ali Rehentulla getting his team off to a flying start with 41 off 24 balls, including four sixes. Abhik Patwa kept up the onslaught with 55 off 37 balls. Mozambique batted well in their run-chase, finishing on 141-9 with Matthew Singh (33 off 18 balls with three sixes) particularly impressing.
Zambia's match with Swaziland was the most competitive of the last round with Zambia winning by just five runs. At 126-7 chasing 166, it seemed that Swaziland's victory prospects were doomed. Syed Hasan (21 not out off nine balls ) and Shehzad Mahmood (11 not out off eight balls) then added a rapid 34 to give Zambia a late scare. Zambia's 165-7 was underpinned by a first-wicket stand of 59 as seven batsmen reached double figures.
Ghana finished fourth thanks to their third win of the tournament - a comfortable 60-run victory over Sierra Leone. Obed Harvey (36) and Samson Awiah (43) top-scored in Ghana's 156-6. Sierra Leone could only muster 96-9 in reply with two wickets apiece for Godfred Bakiweyem and Lawrence Ateak.