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Malawi on course for Kwacha Cup glory

The Malawi men’s and ladies’ national cricket teams are on course to lift the Kwacha Cup after dominating Mozambique during matches played on Wednesday and Thursday.

The local men’s side stands on a commanding 4-0 lead in the seven-match series which ends tomorrow at St Andrews International High School in Blantyre.

Malawi made full use of home ground advantage as they played for the first time at Lilongwe Golf Club where they won all the four games.

The teams from the two neighbouring countries continue battling for honour as they lock horns in two games at Indian Sports Club in the commercial city today.

The hosts might as well begin celebrating as Mozambique cannot upstage them even if the visitors win the remaining three games.

Malawi’s ladies also have high chances of lifting the trophy as they stand on a 3-1 lead after dominating proceedings at St Andrews.

The two ladies’ sides were engaged in two matches yesterday with Malawi in need of just one win to be assured of clinching the cup.

Malawi men’s Coach, Mike Haswell, said he was impressed with the performance of his charges.

“We needed to put up a strong showing in our first four games and I am pleased that things have worked out. But we must continue to do well and build a formidable team,” Haswell said.

He said they will continue to fight in the remaining three games so that they win the series outright.

“The approach remains the same. But we will give other players the chance to show us what they are capable of doing,” Haswell said.

Malawi women’s team Coach, Cath McComb, said it felt great to make history as the first team to represent the country on home soil.

“We have made a fantastic start with the series tied at 2-2 after two days. This is a wonderful experience for all my players. We should be proud of their performance considering that Mozambique are ranked higher on ICC T20 rankings,” McComb said.

The games have been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, which means it would affect rankings of the two countries.

Mozambique are ranked 62 while Malawi lay on position 65 as of November 5.

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