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NIGERIA U19 THRASHES MOZAMBIQUE U19 BY 245 RUNS AT U19 CWCQ AFRICA DIVISION 2 IN SWAZILAND | (2010-07-30 )
The Nigerian U19 team currently campaigning at the Pepsi-ICC U19 CWCQ Africa Division 2 tournament in Swaziland won its third match in a row by 245 runs against its Mozambican counterparts at the U-Tech grounds.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first for the first time in the series, the Nigeria team notched up 269 runs for the Loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs.
Top scorer was Vice-Captain Chukwu James who finished unbeaten on 103 runs, supported by Joshua Ayannaike with 36 and Olumide Adeniran’s 20.
The team’s run-rate was always on course starting from 59 runs for 1 wicket after 10 overs, to 100 runs for 2 wickets after 18 overs, then slowed down to 137 runs for 5 wickets after 30 overs, then on to 193 runs for 6 wickets after 40 overs before Closing at 269 for 7 in 50 overs
This is the highest team score so far at the tournament and Chukwu James also helped himself to the highest personal score In the tournament so far.
The Mozambican response did not materialize as the Nigerian bowling proved too much to handle and they collapsed to 24 runs all out!
Benjamin Anyia with 5 wickets for 16 runs in 8 overs, Captain Abiodun Abioye with 3 wickets for 7 runs in 8 overs and Usman Adebiyi With 2 wickets for 1 run in his only over made sure the Nigerian team didn’t spend too much time in the sun.
In the other match of the day, another shock result as hosts Swaziland were beaten by Rwanda, losing 5 wickets.
Nigeria plays its final match in the series tomorrow against hosts Swaziland and a victory will earn it promotion to the Pepsi-ICC U19 CWCQ Africa Division 1 scheduled to hold in Namibia from 29th August to 5th September, 2010.
Countries awaiting Nigeria if it qualifies tomorrow in Division 1 include hosts Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Sierra Leone.