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Nigeria take big step towards World Cup dream

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Not content with stunning Namibia on the first day of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup Africa Qualifier, Nigeria held their nerve to beat Uganda on 20 March, and take a big step towards the 2020 World Cup in South Africa.

  • De Gouveia smashes 102 for Namibia
  • Nigeria defend 110 against more fancied Ugandan’s
  • Kenya defeat Tanzania by eight wickets

The West Africans recovered from 12/4, and built up their total slowly. Samuel Mba scored a priceless half-century, with skipper Syvester Okpe also scoring a gritty 26. That was after Trevor Bukenya (4/24) had ripped through the top-order, putting Uganda in a commanding position.

As it was, Nigeria could only score 110. Uganda even made their way to 62/2 before the wheels fell off spectacularly. Their last eight wickets crashed for just 18 runs, as the pressure exerted by Nigeria proved too much. 

Samuel Mba top-scored for Nigeria with a 139-ball 54
Samuel Mba top-scored for Nigeria with a 139-ball 54

Mohamed Taiwo's left-arm swing struck two blows at the top and the end of the innings. Nigeria fielded tenaciously, and didn't allow Uganda any room to breathe. When the final wicket fell, Uganda had half their innings still to go. They simply melted under the pressure. 

Nigeria's 30-run victory now puts them in the pound seats to qualify, as they have an easier run-in on the weekend. 

Hosts Namibia had gone into the third day knowing they needed a favour from Uganda, but they also had to win big against Sierra Leone. That they did, with Matthew de Gouveia scoring the second century of the tournament. He was also the second Namibia player to score a century.

His 102 not out, off 110 balls, lifted Namibia to 260 for eight. Skipper Divan la Cock also weighed in with 65, as Namibia found their fluency. They then rumbled their opponents for just 76, with the wickets shared around. 

Matthew de Gouveia's fluent 102* lifted Namibia to 260/8
Matthew de Gouveia's fluent 102* lifted Namibia to 260/8

Ettiene Beukes was the pick of the bowlers, though, with 3/19 in his eight overs. Mauritius Ngupita wrapped up the tail with 2/7 in five overs to seal a 184-run clinic. 

In the third match of the day, Kenya were too strong for Tanzania. The Kenyans fielded first, and bowled out Tanzania for 143. Runs were hard to come by, and it was Abdallah Jabiri who had to notch 28 lower down to provide some sort of total. 

Sukhdeep Singh was miserly, taking 2/16 in his ten overs, while Jairaj Pujara and Hashit Vekaria also took two wickets apiece. 

In the chase, Sukhraj Ghataora gave Kenya the ideal start, with a patient 51*. He was the anchor for Shukan Mehta (26) and then skipper Singh (53) to add gloss to the finish. 

Kenya prevailed by eight wickets, reaching their target with 13 overs to spare. 

Sukhdeep Singh was Kenya's star bowler, returning 2/16 from his 10 overs
Sukhdeep Singh was Kenya's star bowler, returning 2/16 from his 10 overs

Scores in brief:

Nigeria v Uganda

Nigeria 110 all out (S Mba 54, S Okpe 26, T Bukenya four for 24)
Uganda 80 all out (Z Arinaitwe 28, M Taiwo four for 24, I Danladi three for 9)
Nigeria won by 30 runs

Namibia v Sierra Leone

Namibia 260 for eight ( M de Gouveia 102 not out, D la Cock 65)
Sierra Leone 76 all out (E Beukes three for 19, M Ngupita two for 7)
Namibia won by 184 runs

Kenya v Tanzania
Tanzania 143 all out (A Jabiri 28, S Singh two for 16)
Kenya 144 for two (S Ghataora 51 not out, S Singh 53)
Kenya won by eight wickets 

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Points table

Team

Played

Won

Lost

Tied

No Result

Points

NRR

Nigeria

3

3

0

0

0

6

0,927

Uganda

3

2

1

0

0

4

0,747

Namibia

3

2

1

0

0

4

2,553

Kenya

3

1

2

0

0

2

-0,572

Sierra Leone

3

1

2

0

0

2

-1,527

Tanzania

3

0

3

0

0

0

-2,219


Fixtures

Thursday 21 March

Wanderers - Nigeria vs Tanzania
WAP - Kenya vs Sierra Leone
Trustco United - Namibia vs Uganda

Friday 22 March 
Rest or reserve day

Saturday 23 March

Wanderers - Kenya vs Namibia
WAP - Sierra Leone vs Nigeria
Trustco United - Uganda vs Tanzania

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