Africa May 5, 2009

Uganda and Sierra Leone win through

Uganda and Sierra Leone booked their places in the Under-19 World Cup qualifying tournament later this year after finishing first and second in the Africa Under-19 Championship in Zambia

Uganda and Sierra Leone booked their places in the Under-19 World Cup qualifying tournament later this year after finishing first and second in the Africa Under-19 Championship in Zambia. They will join Afghanistan, Hong Kong and the top two teams from the Americas, East Asia-Pacific and Europe regions in a play-off, from which the top five teams from that tournament will join the ten ICC Full Members and hosts Kenya in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup.

Uganda and Sierra Leone met in the final round of matches, and it was Uganda who won a rain-affected game despite being bowled out for 91. Chasing a revised target of 83 in 20 overs, Sierra Leone lost too many wickets too quickly and only managed 35 for 8, Geofrey Nyero returning remarkable figures of 6 for 7.

That result meant that Namibia could have overtaken Sierra Leone with an emphatic win over the hugely disappointing Kenyans, but after they had posted 158 for 7, the match was abandoned six overs into Kenya's reply. The one point Namibia earned was not enough.

Hosts Zambia finished fourth thanks to a 63-run win over Tanzania, but again the weather meant the game was decided by Duckworth-Lewis calculations. Zambia made 133 and Tanzania struggled to 42 for 7 before the rain returned.

Nigeria showed why they finished bottom without a win as they were dismissed for 68 by Botswana, who went on to amble to a six-wicket win.

               P   W  NR   L   Pts      NRR
Uganda         7   6   0   1    12     -0.31
Sierra Leone   7   5   0   2    10      1.18
Namibia        7   4   1   2     9      0.83
Zambia         7   4   0   3     8      0.10
Kenya          7   3   1   3     7     -0.22
Botswana       7   3   0   4     6     -0.44
Tanzania       7   2   0   5     4     -0.43
Nigeria        7   0   0   7     0     -1.36

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • shan169 on May 8, 2009, 2:53 GMT

    Vikram, 16 teams play U-19 WC... 10 Test nations 1 Host (Kenya) qualify automatically...

    remaining 5 places r up for grabs in the U19-WCQ later this yr which features 10 teams (TOP-2 teams from Europe, Asia[HK & Afghan], Africa[Uganda & Sierra], Americas & EAP...)

  • Vikram Maingi on May 7, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    How many Teams will play the U-19 2010 World Cup?

  • Colin Macbeth on May 7, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    What good news for Uganda andd - more particularly - Sierra Leone; but bad luck for Namibia who scored the most runs. Will the Freetown boys be the next Afghanistan? It seems cricket's ability to create a catheric effect in war-ravaged countries once again has had a benign effect. Topspinner

  • colin macbeth on May 6, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Very glad to see this summary. It was very difficult to get information through the week - Monitor (Uganda) was the only newspaper website on the ball, and then only partly so. So perhaps it's good that they won. A shame about Namibia as they actually posted some decent scores - Uganda's highest was 128, in the one game they lost, against Namibia. Will Sierra Leone be the new Afghanistan? It seems that being war-torn is a helpful introduction to cricket. 'Topspinner'

  • shan169 on May 8, 2009, 2:53 GMT

    Vikram, 16 teams play U-19 WC... 10 Test nations 1 Host (Kenya) qualify automatically...

    remaining 5 places r up for grabs in the U19-WCQ later this yr which features 10 teams (TOP-2 teams from Europe, Asia[HK & Afghan], Africa[Uganda & Sierra], Americas & EAP...)

  • Vikram Maingi on May 7, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    How many Teams will play the U-19 2010 World Cup?

  • Colin Macbeth on May 7, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    What good news for Uganda andd - more particularly - Sierra Leone; but bad luck for Namibia who scored the most runs. Will the Freetown boys be the next Afghanistan? It seems cricket's ability to create a catheric effect in war-ravaged countries once again has had a benign effect. Topspinner

  • colin macbeth on May 6, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Very glad to see this summary. It was very difficult to get information through the week - Monitor (Uganda) was the only newspaper website on the ball, and then only partly so. So perhaps it's good that they won. A shame about Namibia as they actually posted some decent scores - Uganda's highest was 128, in the one game they lost, against Namibia. Will Sierra Leone be the new Afghanistan? It seems that being war-torn is a helpful introduction to cricket. 'Topspinner'

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  • colin macbeth on May 6, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    Very glad to see this summary. It was very difficult to get information through the week - Monitor (Uganda) was the only newspaper website on the ball, and then only partly so. So perhaps it's good that they won. A shame about Namibia as they actually posted some decent scores - Uganda's highest was 128, in the one game they lost, against Namibia. Will Sierra Leone be the new Afghanistan? It seems that being war-torn is a helpful introduction to cricket. 'Topspinner'

  • Colin Macbeth on May 7, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    What good news for Uganda andd - more particularly - Sierra Leone; but bad luck for Namibia who scored the most runs. Will the Freetown boys be the next Afghanistan? It seems cricket's ability to create a catheric effect in war-ravaged countries once again has had a benign effect. Topspinner

  • Vikram Maingi on May 7, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    How many Teams will play the U-19 2010 World Cup?

  • shan169 on May 8, 2009, 2:53 GMT

    Vikram, 16 teams play U-19 WC... 10 Test nations 1 Host (Kenya) qualify automatically...

    remaining 5 places r up for grabs in the U19-WCQ later this yr which features 10 teams (TOP-2 teams from Europe, Asia[HK & Afghan], Africa[Uganda & Sierra], Americas & EAP...)