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Tanzania's Jasani named player of the tournament

North West Cricket
Tanzanian all-rounder Aahil Jasani was named player of the tournament at the ICC Under 19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifiers. Jasani was a regular contributor with bat and ball as his country eventually finished the tournament in third place.

There were some vital contributions along the way, including 43 not out against Rwanda to confirm qualification for the semi-finals. But Jasani's day to remember came against Mozambique, when he notched a memorable 100 not out, and then added 3/18 with the ball.

In all, he finished the tournament with 184 vital runs, and eight wickets at an economy rate of 2.52.

The tournament itself saw the West African region come to the fore, with strong performances from young individuals with big futures in African cricket.

Young Peter Aho of Nigeria is one to watch, as too is 13 year-old Haroun Kamara of Sierra Leone. They will surely be seen again at this tournament, and they both also have the Division One qualifier tournament to look forward to.

Nigeria celebrate completing their unbeaten campaign in the ICC Under 19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifier
Nigeria celebrate completing their unbeaten campaign in the ICC Under 19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifier

Nigeria won the tournament itself, thanks to a varied attack, and some very aggressive batting from a strong line-up. They were the standout side, remaining as the only unbeaten team.

At the end of a terrific twelve days of cricket in Potchefstroom, the overwhelming consensus was that of an excellent tournament all round.

"It has been an excellent show put on by North-West Cricket, and we must commend them on the quality of their facilities," Patricia C. Kambarami, the ICC Development Manager for Africa beamed.

"Several of the teams have already expressed an interest in coming back to this area for their camps ahead of future tournaments, which is wonderful. The quality of this tournament also bodes well for the 2020 ICC Under 19 World Cup, which will be hosted by South Africa."

Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania now join Kenya, Namibia and Uganda in Division 1. They will compete in 2019 for one spot at the 2020 U19 Cricket World Cup.

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