Team St Helena continued their winning streak at today’s ICC World Twenty20 Africa ‘C’ Qualifiers which are underway in Botswana, with wins against Malawi in the morning and Lesotho in the afternoon.
Having beaten Swaziland in an afternoon game yesterday, St Helena won the toss and elected to bat and with notable contributions from Andrew Yon and Scott Crowie, St Helena posted 136 in the allotted 20 overs.
Malawi, who had made available an online streaming video for the game started slowly and built a solid innings. Needing 18 of the last over, Malawi fell short by six runs and gave St Helena their second win of the tournament.
Scott Crowie for his contribution of 45 runs and 3 wickets was awarded the Man of the Match Trophy.
A quick lunch and resubmission of team sheets, where Nico Ellick replaced Darrel Leo as Wicket Keeper and Jordi Henry replaced David Young. Jordi had sat out the early match with a lifted fingernail, but David was feeling a slight calf strain.
Obey and Belgrove got the team of to a good start racing to 93 before Belgrove was caught out on 54. St Helena lost two quick wickets (Yon and Francis) before Captain Scott entered the crease, he and Obey built a convincing partnership taking the score to 157 before Obey was also caught out with the score at 157.
Scott with contributions from Johnson and Henry finished the innings 196 for five.
197 was a big ask for Lesotho although they started strongly scoring 10 an over for the first 4 overs, Team St Helena slowly pegged them back dismissing their batsmen in 17 overs and leaving them 74 runs behind.
This was the third successive victory and prior to the game, Captain Scott Crowie challenged Manger Derek Richards that if they won both games, would he treat the squad to dinner…. It going to be a slightly expensive night.