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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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