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History as Nigeria qualify for first ever World Cup

Nigeria through to 2020 U19 CWC

Nigeria secured a dramatic, first-ever spot within the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2020 after beating Sierra Leone by two wickets on the last day of the Africa qualifying match in Namibia.

  • Arinaitwe plunders 102 not out of forty balls towards Tanzania
  • Namibia down Kenya to assert the 2d role
  • Aho heroics send Nigeria via

Set 139 to win, Nigeria continued a nervy chase, slipping to 87 for six at one point, earlier than a guy of the fit Peter Aho scored a priceless 21 not out to look them home. The complete squad rushed onto the sector in jubilation as they confirmed their seat at their first-ever worldwide tournament.

 Nigeria qualify

Aho had also taken wickets earlier, while Sierra Leone posted 138 at Affies Park in Windhoek. On the adjoining area, Namibia had posted a huge victory over Kenya, so Nigeria, in reality, had to win. Sierra Leone supplied them with plenty of demanding situations, as Haroun Kamara’s fifty-eight from 60 balls propelled his facet to a trying out the target. John Bangura chipped in with hearty 21, and Sierra Leone refused to move quietly. Osman Sankoh’s past due 24 also lifted the tempo, and the previously unheralded Abdulrahman Jimoh took short wickets for Nigeria the give up to prevent the target from getting any bigger. In response, Nigeria continued a tumultuous time of it, now not aided by a meeting storm. Isaac Danladi’s accountable 25 become crucial, at the same time as Miracle Ikaige additionally lent a hand with an essential 22. But the wickets saved on tumbling, and the stress saved on mounting.

Aho’s nerveless intervention, combined with occasional aggression, whittled down the target, and Nigeria had been helped over the line by the cheering Ugandan squad. Namibia, then again, had been understandably cheering on Sierra Leone, having finished a 198-run drubbing of Kenya. Skipper Divan l. A. Cock changed once more inside the runs, with 88 from 102 balls, and Jan-Izak de Villiers brought a steady 55 as Namibia piled on the terms. Ramon Wilmot had set them on their way with a blitzkrieg forty-six from just 31 balls, clubbing three sixes within the manner. The hosts finally ended on 294 for 5, as they finished the match like a freight train. They rolled Kenya over for 96, with Mauritius Lupita over again in the wickets. His three for 15 supplemented De Villiers’ burst prematurely as Namibia rushed via the East Africans.

In the very last game of the tournament, Uganda’s Zephaniah Arinaitwe clattered a 40-ball 102 to blaze his facet to an 8-wicket victory. He made mild work of a goal after Tanzania had been bowled out for a hundred and forty-four. Ashish Shah scored 40 and Aahil Jasani 28, as Tanzania tried to mount a hard overall. Skipper Frank Akankwasa and Juma Miyagi took three wickets apiece as Uganda completed their tournament in a few styles. The degree turned into Arinaitwe to hammer nine sixes and 6 fours in his magnificent innings. He rushed to the whole of one hundred forty-five in just 12.2 overs to demolish Tanzania and finish off a dramatic week in Windhoek with quite a flourish. Scores in brief:

  • Nigeria v Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 138 all out (H Kamara 58, O Sankoh 24, A Jimoh for two)
  • Nigeria 139 for eight (I Danladi 25, M Ikaige 22, P Aho 21 no longer out, O Sankoh 3 for 13)
  • Nigeria received using two wickets
  • Namibia v Kenya
  • Namibia 294 for five ( D Los Angeles Cock 88, J De Villiers fifty-five)
  • Kenya ninety-six all out (S Ghataora 28, M Lupita 3 for 15, J De Villiers three for 24)
  • Namibia won by 198 runs
  • Tanzania v Uganda
  • Tanzania one hundred forty-four all out (A Shah 40, A Jasani 28, J Miyagi 3 for 21, F Akankwasa 3 for 33)
  • Uganda 147 for two (Z Arinaitwe 102 no longer out)

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