Ramon Wilmot leads way as Namibia bounce back

Windhoek [Namibia], Mar 20 (ANI): Ramon Wilmot scored the first century of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Africa Qualifier 2019 in Windhoek, as he helped Namibia bounce back from a loss to Nigeria in the opening fixture.
The second day of the tournament saw Namibia rack up 296/7 against Tanzania, with the 16-year-old Wilmot clubbing 132 off 122 balls. He struck 16 boundaries and four sixes, as Namibia showed that they are still contenders. He received support from Dian Neethling, who made 49 as his side took advantage of some friendly batting conditions. In response, Tanzania were blown away for just 46. Jan-Izak de Villiers started the carnage, with a new-ball spell that garnered 3/8 in five excellent overs.
Mauritius Ngupita kept up his fine form, wrapping matters up quickly, with 4/12 in 4.1 overs, as Namibia romped to a massive 250-run win.
Nigeria, who caused the main ripple on the opening day, ground out another 58-run victory over Kenya. Batting first, Nigeria notched 201/4. Olayinke Olaleye struck a well-paced 73, while captain Sylvester Okpe also passed the 50-mark, in another team performance.
Kenya battled gamely but were restricted to 143/9. The wickets were shared around as Nigeria again emphasised the sincerity of their ambitions this week.
In the third fixture of the second day, Uganda got the better of Sierra Leone, prevailing by 75 runs. Munir Ismail was the glue, with an unbeaten 73. He kept the innings together, the team eventually reaching a total of 211/9.
Simon Okecho and Cosmas Kweyuta both added scores of 33 to lend support to Ismail. The 15-year-old Samuel Conteh was the bright light for Sierra Leone, with figures of 5/48 in nine overs.
The chase was hard work for the young Sierra Leone outfit, and the 14-year-old Eric Turay (32) tried to lay the foundation up front. Skipper George Ngegba came in the middle order and tried to stabilise matters, but his unbeaten 34 was in vain.
Sierra Leone were bowled out for 136, to eventually fall short by 75 runs. Frank Akankwasa was again in the wickets, with a rich haul of 4/22.
The action resumes on Wednesday with a top-of-the-table clash between Nigeria and Uganda. Namibia will face Sierra Leone while Kenya will battle against Tanzania. (ANI)

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