When you can take wickets, score runs and create run-out’s, who is to say that age is a number to be looked at is what Botswana’s James Moses would likely say as at a tender age of only 53 years, he created the biggest upset in all of the sub-regional qualifiers played in all the regions worldwide so far, with Botswana stunning Namibia in the final match of the Africa “C” qualifiers at home and win the tournament remaining unbeaten.
Both Namibia and Botswana were already qualified into the Africa regional finals, to be held in Uganda in 2019, after winning all their 5 group matches against Malawi, Mozambique, St Helena, Lesotho & Swaziland.
St Helena could not add up to their points tally as they lost both their final two games and finished on 6 points while Mozambique got few wins in their belt towards the end of the group stages to finish on similar points with St Helena, but the latter pipped them for the 3rd spot on higher net run-rate. However, it was a very impressive return to International cricket after a gap of 6 years for St Helena and certainly are on the right track to further progress and success.
Malawi managed to win 2 games in their campaign and finished on 4 points; however, the collaboration with PitchVision and ICC Africa saw them live stream the selected matches from the tournament on YouTube and it brought many people to watch the games online and see the talent on display in the African regional competitions.
None of the nations went empty-handed and Lesotho and Swaziland also registered a win each during the 7-nation tournament.
Namibia 116/9 in 20 overs (Lohan Louwrens 36, Jan Nicole Loftie-Eaton 21, Pikky Ya France 17, Thatayaone Tshose 3/33, James Moses 2/19, Nabil Master 2/25) lost to Botswana 117/7 in 19 overs (Reginald Nehonde 30, James Moses 20, Vinoo Balakrishnan 15, Jan Frylinck 2/11, Christopher Coombe 2/27, Tangeni Lungameni 2/31) by 3 wickets
ICC World T20 Africa “C” qualifiers points table:
Lohan Louwrens (Namibia) was the top-scorer in the tournament with 243 runs in 6 innings, followed by Karabo Motlanka (Botswana) with 196 runs and Sami Sohail (Malawi) with 190 runs in as many innings.
Zhivago Groenewald (Namibia) & Filipe Cossa (Mozambique) were the top wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 scalps in 6 innings, followed by Tangeni Lungameni (Namibia) with 13 wickets, which included a hat-trick against Mozambique and St Helena pair of Phillip Stroud and Scott Crowie, who pocketed 10 wickets each in as many innings.