A win on Saturday for Nigeria’s U-19 cricket team against Sierra Leone will earn the Junior Yellow Greens a place at the 2020 World Cup, after returning unscathed for the fourth straight time against Tanzania on Thursday, winning with 151 runs.
Riding on their spectacular form at the qualifiers, the Nigerian team dispatched hosts Namibia, top-rated sides Kenya and Uganda, before dismissing Tanzania at the Wanderers Cricket ground in Windhoek.
Tanzania had won the toss and elected to field first, thus sending in Nigeria to bat for the fourth consecutive time in the tournament. Elijah Olaleye and Runsewe Suleimon opened the bating with a comfortable display of 97 runs partnership in 30.1 overs before Suleimon fell for 43 runs off 89 balls. Danladi Isaac scored 31 runs of 40 balls as well.
Olaleye, yet again, produced a sublime display of bating prowess to hit 110 runs off 153 balls unbeaten in 50 overs.
Nigeria recorded their highest bating total in the tournament thus far with 211 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 50 overs.
In the second innings, the bowling attack of the Junior Yellow Greens was too strong for the Tanzanian team to contain with wickets falling at intervals. Captain Sylvester Okpe topped the onslaught with 4 wickets for 19 runs in 8.2 overs with an economy of 2.28, with Peter Aho coming to the party with 3 wickets, 3 maidens and conceded 7 runs with an economy of 0.87, while left hand seamer, Mohammed Taiwo, got 2 wickets.
Nigeria eventually restricted Tanzania to 60 runs all out in 27.2 overs
Olaleye was named man-of-the-match with his 110 runs not out off 157 balls.
Nigeria hence won by 151 runs.