Cricket: Sierra Leone doubles victory in U19 CWC Qualifier


August 23, 2018

By Sahr Morris Jnr

Chairman Bournce Coker celebrate with the lad after Botswana victory

Sierra Leone U-19 cricket team registered their second successive victory in the ongoing ICC Africa Division II U-19 Cricket World Cup qualifiers, defeating Botswana by 6 wickets.

It was the team’s second win in the tournament after they got off a flying start against Tanzania on Monday with an 8 wickets victory.

Wednesday’s win against Botswana was inspired by John Bangura, who scored 55 runs not out from 97 balls. Bangura secured the game’s Man of the Match title after hitting a total 4 different 4 runs in his innings.

It was the Botswana team which chose to bat, after winning the toss and taking up the crease, they were all out for 140 runs in 38 overs with a run rate of 3.68.

Botswana Muaz Arooz became the team’s top scorer with 40 runs from 56 balls; and he was followed by K. Machailo and captain, P. Silas with 31 and 25 runs respectively.

Sierra Leone’s J. Tommy and S. Conteh grabbed three wickets between them, while skipper, Edward Ngegba dismissed two wickets. Charles Kargbo and E. Ernest also secured two wickets between them.

With a 140 goal target to catch, Sierra Leone opened the second inning with both Conteh and Ernest who paired to score 23 runs with the former grabbing 6 runs from 20 balls and the latter 17 from 31 balls.

Top-scorer, John Bangura, gave an outstanding performance with 55 runs not-out, while Emmanuel Akpo followed with 36 runs.

Sierra Leone was able to see-off their Botswana opponent with 141 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 40 overs and a run rate of 3.52.

The match against Tanzania saw the East African side was limited to 96 runs all out in 32.4 overs, while Sierra Leone replied with 97 runs for 2 wickets in 31.5 overs.