The Sierra Leone U19 boys team reached the final of the ICC Africa U19 Division 2 Cricket World Cup Qualifier today after beating Mozambique by 71 runs.
Victory in sunday’s semi final match has meant that Sierra Leone has qualified to Division 1 which is the final stage of qualifying for the U19 Cricket World Cup.
This tournament is to be hosted later on a date which has not yet been announced by ICC Africa.
Kent Cricket Club youngster, Aruna Kainessie batted nicely for the Sierra Leone U19 team at a time when wickets were falling and the team needed a partnership. He went in when the team were 40 for 5 wickets after 10 overs and built an exceptional 91 runs partnership with Ex-Kent youngster Osman T Sankoh who scored 51runs.. Kainessie smashed 41 runs to place Sierra Leone in a comfortable position at the end of their innings.
Sierra Leone is expected to play Nigeria in the finals on Tuesday 28th August, 2018. It is an all West African affairs in the final.
In the women’s competition in Botswana, Sierra Leone was crowned Runners Up behind Namibia last night at the Award ceremony where Kent Cricket Club Women’s team captain Ann Marie Kamara was a key performer and was Awarded as the Best Batter of the Tournament. This award came after her magnificent batting performances throughout the tournament’s duration.
The Sierra Leone Cricket Association Board Members and Management Teams have carried out exceptional work to ensure that these teams are able to represent Sierra Leone in an extremely pleasing and successful manner. This work has been done despite the financial difficulties faced by the Association.