Cricket: Nigeria beat Botswana in W’Cup qualifier

Cricket: Nigeria beat Botswana in W'Cup qualifier


Nigeria continued to dominate at the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup Africa Division Two Qualifiers in Abuja, as Daniel Gim’s side defeated Botswana on Sunday by 10 wickets.

The Nigerians had also triumphed over Rwanda in their opening game on Friday by the same margin.
With both victories, Nigeria inched closer to another World Cup qualification.

The game against Botswana, played at the Cricket Pitch B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, saw Nigeria win the toss and elected to bowl.

Elochukwu Ndububem and captain Ridwan Kareem did most damage against the Botswana side, jointly taking out six wickets in 11 overs.

The visiting side needed to rely on Karabo Makwatse and Leungo Mosalaesi to put up 36 runs in 25 balls collectively to see Botswana score 56 runs all out in 24.2 overs.

A very disciplined Nigerian side came on to chase the target, relying only on the partnership of Pam Paul and Selim Salam to finish the game with 58 runs, no loss of wickets in 10.5 overs.

Nigeria will square up against Sierra Leone on Tuesday in their final Group B game.

A total of six teams are currently featuring in the qualifiers with the top three progressing to the next stage of the World Cup qualifie