England's Ian Poulter and Sebastien Delagrange of France share the lead at the halfway mark of the Ivory Coast Open in Abidjan.
Poulter, the 23 year old from Luton, carded a level-par 72 and Delagrange 68 for a three-under-par 141.
It leaves them just a shot clear of Maarten Lafeber of Holland, Markus Brier of Austria, Welshman David Park, Marc Pendaries of France, and England's Simon Wakefield.
Brier, who shot a best-of-the-day 67 including six birdies, would have been a clear leader but his first round 75 included a quadruple-bogey nine at the long 14th when he twice visited the water.
On an extremely hot day when the temperature nudged 100 degrees, only three players beat 70 while only eight players are under par.
The cut came at seven-over-par 151 and 57 players survived including the three veteran Scots, Mike Miller, Bill Longmuir and Billy McColl. But only two Africans will be around for the weekend, Emos Korblah of Ghana and Siaka Kone of the Ivory Coast, who both finished on 146 after successive rounds of 73.2nd Round Scores