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So close… Saints lose to champions by a single run

Rwanda 114 runs – St Helena 113

If you balanced runs against wickets taken, then St Helena had the best of a tantalising game against defending champions Rwanda. But only the runs count, and the Saints were one short.

The final score in South Africa this afternoon: Rwanda 114 for the loss of nine wickets; St Helena 113 for the loss of six.

The Saints had gone into the fourth day of the contest at third place in the table, behind Zambia and the Seychelles, with six points from three wins. Their tally of runs was also third highest, and only the Zambians had had fewer runs scored against them.

After today, the rankings will look a little different, but this has still been a superb international debut.

The islanders’ afternoon game was the second to produce an agonisingly close result – after level-pegging with the Seychelles at 128 runs, but then losing the game in a deciding “super over”.

Rwanda’s coach had told his players to go full-on to get the runs, even if it meant dropping a wicket or two, and they clearly took him at his word.

The irony was that this should have been the tougher of St Helena’s two matches in the fourth day of the Pepsi ICC Africa division 3 tournament in South Africa – and yet it was the tighter of the two.

Here’s the report from ICC reporter Zuraida Badat:

On the main oval of Sahara Park Willowmoore, Rwanda decided to bat after winning the toss against St Helena.

Rwanda scored 114 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs, with A Kayitera scoring 53 runs. On the bowling side, St Helena’s G Johnson took three wickets for 15 runs.

St Helena scored 113 for the loss of six wickets, making the Rwandans winners by one run. D Richards scored 38 runs, and taking wickets for Rwanda, S Vardhineni took 2 for 13.

In other matches, Zambia beat Gambia by 98 runs (185 for seven against 87 all-out), and the Moroccans – after beating the Saints by 40 runs in the morning – lost to Cameroon by eight wickets.

And the Seychelles knocked up the biggest win of the day: a ten-wicket victory over Mali – meaning the victors did not drop a single wicket.

The Seychelles and Zambia meet each other tomorrow to decide the tournament winner.

Saints fifth on table after four days’ play (unofficial rankings)

Cricket: Saints give Moroccans a 40-run win at Sahara Park

St Helena 83 runs – Morocco 123

It should have been the least-troublesome of St Helena’s two matches in South Africa today – but this morning the islanders fell to Morocco’s national cricket team by 40 runs.

It gave the Moroccams their second win on the Sahara Park pitches in the Pepsi ICC Africa division 3 tournament.

Zuraida Badat, official International Cricket Council reporter, writes:

On Field ‘B’ of Sahara Park Willowmoore, the spirited Moroccan side decided to bat after winning the toss against St Helena.

Morocco scored 123 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs with contribution from all batsmen. P Stroud took 3 wickets for 16 runs on the St Helena bowling.

St Helena were bowled out for 83 runs in 17.4 overs, making the Moroccans winners by 40 runs.

In other matches, Rwanda lost to the Seychelles by 30 runs, Gambia beat Mali, and the “fearless” Cameroonians fell to Zambia by 112 runs.

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Dax outruns Mali’s entire team – but Seychelles sneak win

St Helena 170 runs – Mali 52
Seychelles 138 – St Helena 135

Dax Richards scored more runs than the entire Mali national cricket team in the third match for St Helena in their tournament in South Africa. His score of 57 helped the island eleven to beat the west African nation by 118 runs.

The afternoon clash with the Seychelles went against St Helena – but only after both sides drew at 128 runs each.

The station reports on Facebook that the match continued into a “super over”, with Seychelles scoring 10 to win the match, against seven runs from the Saints.

The result left St Helena two up, two down after the first four matches in the International Cricket Council’s division 3 tournament in Benoni.  They beat Cameroon convincingly but then lost to the Zambians.

The islanders finished this morning’s game against Mali on 170 for seven wickets – meaning Dax made a third of the side’s runs. Mali was bowled out for 52. Best Bowling – St. Helena: A. Yon 4 for 12.


Seychelles v St Helena
Venue: Willowmoore Park
Result: Seychelles 128 all out
Best Batting: Seychelles: A. Bhuva 45 off 38
Best Bowling: St. Helena: G. Johnson 3-15
St. Helena scored 7 in the Super Over
Seychelles won in the Super Over

Mali v St Helena
: Willowmoore Park
Result: St. Helena 170-7
Best Batting: St. Helena: Dax Richards 57 of 49
Mali bowled out for 52
Best Bowling: St. Helena: A. Yon 4 for 12
St. Helena won by 118 runs

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