Under-19s May 3, 2009

Sierra Leone continue to surprise

Sierra Leone continue to surprise opponents and followers of the Africa Under-19 Championship in topping the table

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)

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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.

  • Vikram Maingi on May 4, 2009, 11:44 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Vikram Maingi on May 4, 2009, 11:44 GMT

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

  • 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.