August 24, 2018
By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone continued its impressive start to the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier – Africa Division 2 in South Africa by whipping Rwanda by 9 wickets on Thursday.
Victory over Rwanda was Sierra Leone’s third successive win in the tournament and they are now eyeing another victory over Swaziland on Saturday August 25 at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
In the victory over Rwanda, Sierra Leone won the toss opted to bowl due to the pitch condition in the morning.
Captain George Edward Ngegba breaks and sets a new bowling record for Sierra Leone in all ICC organized tournaments having delivered 60 balls, conceded only 6 run with an economy rate of 0.6 run per Over , took two wickets , with 6 Maidens.
Charles Kargbo delivered 60 balls, conceded 9 run with an economy rate of 0.9 run an over with an incredible 4 Maidens and took 3 wickets equaling Abu Bakarr Kamara’s bowling record against Swaziland in 2010.
Rwanda couldn’t withstand the superior bowling firepower of Sierra Leone, as a result, they were bowled out for 36 run, setting an easily achieved target of 37 for the Sierra Leone U19 Boys.
Sierra Leone responded with their middle order batters in a bid to recover Net run rate. It worked out well as planned for Sierra Leone.
George Edward Ngegba and Little John Bangura opened the batting. John Bangura was out bowled for dock but Ngegba stood firm and later joined by an aggressive batter Haroun Kamara who stuck 20 runs not out and the Captain George Edward Ngegba posted 14 run from 11 balls not out, taking his total tally of runs to 504 for Sierra Leone in all ICC competitions since he made his international debut for Sierra Leone in April 2016, two years after he led his School Prince of Wales POW to a well-deserved SLCA’s inter secondary schools cricket championship in 2014 against Government Model Secondary school cricket team.
Sierra Leone won the match by 9 wickets in 4.3 Overs and Captain George Edward Ngegba won the man of the match award having scored 14 off 11 balls with an incredible bowling record setting of 2 for 6 off 60 balls and 6 Maidens.
Saturday’s match against Swazilandwill be the Group A clash decider, a match that will determined the group A leader.