WC QUALIFIERS: Tanzania Survive Relegation, Nigeria Finish 5TH


side effects geneva;”>In a low scoring affair, Tanzania’s Under-19 side defeated Sierra Leone by 25 runs for their first win of the tournament to finish seventh and stave off relegation to the Africa Division II.

Tanzania captain Said Nassoro won the toss and opted to bat on weary wicket. They proceeded to huff and puff enroute to setting a modest 131 all out in 42.1 overs after Sierra Leone captain Balowa Mansaray, spinner Ronald James, medium pacer Alvin Williams and slow bowler Abass Gbla each had a share of the 10 wickets.

Mansaray, especially, proved a thorn in the flesh of the West Africans snaring three wickets at a cost of only eight runs, to take the Man-of-Match Award although it was in a losing cause. James claimed three for 32, Gbla took 2 for 11 and Williams finished with two as Team Salone tightened the screw.

Sierra Leone were looking to replicate their dominant show in the field but instead shot themselves in the foot with a pedestrian start to the second innings.

Their opening batsman Solomon Williams was dismissed for naught after facing a marginal 23 balls, top order batsman Ishmael Komba played 72 balls for his 13 runs and Joseph Kammanoh nudged 5 off 41.

When they stepped on the accelerator to catch up with the required run-rate, only Abass Gbla with 23 and Brima Ansumana with 18 reached double figures.

Opening bowler Zamayoni Jabaneke claimed three scalps to ensure the result went Tanzania’s way as Sierra Leone ended on 106 in 42 overs.

Across the City of Kampala at the University Oval in Kyambogo, Nigeria didn’t break any sweat enroute to finishing fifth with a 128-run win over Zambia.

Man of match Bimbo Adu, Isaac Okpe and Joseph Adedeji helped the West African powerhouse set 221 for 9 with a combined contribution of 100 runs in the last 10 overs to sway the match in their favour.

By the time Adu was run out by Tristeen Dewet, he had already scored 57 off 87 balls and Adedeji had played an anchor role for his 44-ball 29. But it was Okpe, who stole the momentum away from Zambia with a 37-ball half century and Mojeed Adiamo’s quick-fire 18.

Zambia captain Chetan Reddy used eight bowlers in total but none was impressive save for Azhar Haveliwala, who snapped 4 for 37.

Zambia’s chase was over even before it started with the openers Naeem Patel and Haveliwala taking forever to find their groove. Patel faced 49 balls for his 17 runs whereas his partner in crime Haveliwala played out 66 deliveries for his 12.

Only Faizal Patel recorded the innings’ other double figures with an unbeaten 18 off 72 balls. Despite being there until the end, he run out of time as Zambia ended on 93 for 8.

The contentment of a sixth-place finish and survival to stay in Division I seemed a decent enough target for the Zambians and whereas Sierra Leone will rue a missed chance, they will be plotting to bounce back stronger in the near future.

Play-offs schedule

Friday May 31, 2013

10:00 am 1st & 2nd Kenya Vs Namibia Lugogo

10:00 am 3rd & 4th Uganda Vs Botswana Kyambogo


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