April 30, 2009

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone top the African table

Will Luke

The Africa Under-19 Championship got underway this week and the big surprise from the tournament so far is the appearance of Sierra Leone at the top of the table. They kicked things off by beating Kenya by four wickets then followed it up with a 10-wicket thrashing of Nigeria, who were bowled out for a paltry 44. Uganda, second-placed in the table with two wins out of three, beat Tanzania quite comfortably by six wickets, but their unbeaten run came to an end when Namibia rolled them for 128.

---Points Table (as of third day)--- 1. Sierra Leone (6 points, NRR: 1.323) 2. Uganda (4, 0.986) 3. Zambia (4, 0.513) 4. Namibia (4, 0.510) 5. Botswana (4, -0.226) 6. Kenya (2, -0.289) 7. Tanzania (0, -0.864) 8. Nigeria (0, -2.158)


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Posted by Abubakarr oleone on (May 4, 2009, 12:44 GMT)

as i took my cricket microscope inside the sierra leone cricket Association,i think they have been neglect by there Governament's,they need about two standard cricket all grasss green fields,which in 5 years time will earn them an ODI status in the game ,i sugest the ICC pay a visit there,and ask tyhe goverment to green the field,the government listen to internation call only as it happen to football so they want to be to our darling cricket,please icc help them get a standard cricket pitch,so as to enjoy seeing more cricket,from these still virgin resources of players that you are admiring now.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 1, 2009, 6:36 GMT)

Kenya's performance in the Africa U-19 tournament indicates that they do not have any appropriate young brigade to replace the current set of players. It won't be a big surprise if they lose their ODI status in the next World Cup Qualifier tournament in the year 2013.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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