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Sierra Leone Sports: Youthful Rest-11 crush class of 2009 U19 by 30 runs

A youthful and well-motivated Rest-11 side overpowered Class of 2009 U-19 squad to win the traditional opening league season T20 friendly match by 30 runs on Saturday 11 November 2017, at the Prince of Wales Secondary School in Kingtom, Freetown.
As usual, the traditional friendly match is organized by the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) to formally launch the new league season, while informing the fans that the players are very fit, and up and ready to play for their clubs.
Winning the toss, the Class of 2009 U-19 side placed the Rest-11 inside to bat. Rest-11 posted 150 runs all out in 20 overs. Eric Turay scored 31 runs, Haroun Kamara made 31 runs, Chernor Bah 12 runs and an extra 37 runs was freely donated.
In their innings, Class of 2009 U-19 failed to reach their target of 151 runs, replying with 120 runs.
Prior to the match many cricket fans were optimistic that the Class of 2009 U-19 will use experience and their batting and bowling qualities to upset the young boys. But it turned out to be the other way round with the Rest-11 proving to be the team of the day using their youthful tactics to frustrate the batting side with tight fielding.

KENT Player receiving their runner up trophy from Paul Carnell

KENT Player receiving their runner up trophy from Paul Carnell

For many of the spectators, Saturday’s match was just one of the many fascinating games to be watched this season. Both teams played to their expectations despite the fact that most of the players in the Class of 2009 U-19 squad have been away from the game for a while and it affected them in many ways as they failed to reach their target of 151 runs after losing total concentration in their innings.
The Captain of Class of 2009 U-19, Abubakarr Kamara, confessed that they were defeated because most of them have not been playing active cricket for the past one year due to the withdrawal of the Salone Police Cricket Club in the ODI Premier League last season.
“90% of us in this squad are players of Police Cricket Club. Our exit from the league affected our fitness and endurance. But now that we are back, we will fight for what belongs to us,” he stated.
Kamara said the boys were more powerful on the way they field and bowl in the second innings which limited their batmen from scoring more runs.
All-rounder, Abass Gbla, who was the Captain for the Rest-11, said they knew the Class of 2009 U-19 will get tired especially when they chose to field first under the hot burning sun, and they’ve not been playing actively.
“Their decision to field was in favour of us because of the weather. We knew they will become tired after the first innings due to the loss of energy. So when we came in to bat, we were more robust on fielding and bowled them out for 16 overs,” the Captain said.
Gbla assured that this will be a different cricket season with classical playing approach that will see the game become more competitive and entertaining.
The opening ceremony was attended by British High Commission Defense Attaché, Paul Carnell, who represented the High Commissioner, staff of Mercury International, Sierra Leone Ltd and other high profile personalities within the cricket family.
Trophies were also presented by Carnell to last season’s Division One Champions Regent Olympics, runners up Kent Cricket Club, the winners of the ODI Premier league, Mid-West Cricket Club and the runners up RSLAF.
The division one league will start with a match between Albert Academy and Wanderers at the Prince of Wales grounds on Saturday 18 November 2017.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Wednesday November 15, 2017.

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