May 3, 2009


Sierra Leone continue to surprise

Will Luke

Sierra Leone continue to surprise opponents and followers of the Africa Under-19 Championship in topping the table. After the fifth day they are joint-first with Namibia on eight points, but with a superior net run-rate, thanks to another win over Zambia by 85 runs. Chasing 177 Zambia were skittled for 91 with Ibrahim Kabia picking up 3 for 8. Elsewhere, Namibia thrashed Nigeria by ten wickets while Kenya – who are in a disappointing fourth position – beat Tanzania by 19 runs. Uganda pulled off a thrilling one-wicket win over Botswana when they rather underestimated their target of 114, losing nine wickets – three of them to Waseem Tajbhai. Their last pair saw them across the line, however, with overs (if not nerves) to spare.

---- Points table ---- 1. Sierra Leone (8 points, NRR: 1.03) 2. Namibia (8, 0.87) 3. Uganda (6, -0.56) 4. Kenya (6, 0.10) 5. Zambia (4, -0.12) 6. Botswana (4, -0.44) 7. Tanzania (2, -0.39) 8. Nigeria (0, -2.02)


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Posted by abdul tejan-cole on (May 4, 2009, 13:16 GMT)

Many Sierra Leoneans like myself are not surprised about our performance we have long known that given the right opportunity we will excel in cricket. We have long been West Africa's power house.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 4, 2009, 11:44 GMT)

Great performance by Sierra Leone taking the war-like situation in the country into consideration.

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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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