In a thrilling match at the ongoing national cricket league at the Kingtom oval over the weekend the Sierra Leone Police cricket team defeated their arch rival the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) by 28 runs.
It was the Police team who first took the crease and they made 176 runs all out in 39.1 overs with Jacob Mansaray making the highest run of 50 to be followed by Luseni Senesi with 25 runs and Alie John Kamara with 21 runs.
When RSLAF started bowling Ibrahim Kamara took 3 wickets for 30 runs, Richard Fofanah took 1 wicket for 4 runs, Alhaji Mansaray another 1 wicket for 19 runs and George Kpundeh has 1 wicket for 35 runs.
When the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) took the crease they replied with 148 runs all out in 38.2 overs with George Kpundeh making the highest scored for his side with 58 runs, Alhaji Mansaray making 19 runs, Ibrahim Mansaray 17 runs and Joseph Sandy 10 runs.
When the Police Cricket team took the crease to bowl Momofoe Kpundeh took 2 wickets for 13 runs, Gabriel Anthony in 8 overs and 2 maidens took 2 wickets in 23 runs, Edward Marrah took 2 wickets for 25 runs, Sheka Kamara took 2 wickets for 32 runs and Ibrahim Sesay took 1 wicket for 20 runs.
In the other match played over the weekend Asians Combined defeated Murray Town cricket team.
Murray Town was the first to take the crease and they made 168 runs all out in 28.5 overs with Abdul Saffa making the highest score of 38 runs, to be followed by Abubakarr Kargbo with 34 runs, Samuel Coker 13 runs and Joseph Kamara 12 runs.
During the Asian combined bowling Julius Quee took 3 wickets for 48 runs, Abilash took 2 wickets for 14 runs and Rajesh took 2 wickets for 35 runs.
When Asian Combined took the crease to bat they replied with 170 runs for 3 wickets in 17.3 overs with Bino making the highest score for his side of 55 runs, to be followed by Rajesh with 40 runs, Atiq with 24 runs and Lansana Lamin with 17 runs.
When Murray Town started their bowling Alimamy Turay took 1 wicket for 31 runs, Joseph Kamanoh and Abdul Saffa took 1 wicket for 38 runs respectively.
The Public Relations Officer Bockarie Alieu has disclosed that this year’s league is very competitive as every player is fighting for position in the national team. Gone are the days when players lobby to be in the national team.
He went further that if that continues to go on the national team will not produce any positive result.
In another development 16 U-19 players have been selected by the technical team to start intensive training for their international competition next month in Mozambique. The players are Abubakarr Kamara, Jacob Mansaray, Solomon Williams, Emmanuel Pessima, Musa Ganda, Bami Williams, Osman Koroma, Ibrahim Mansaray, Julius Quee, Balowa Mansaray, Ibrahim Kabia, Mohamed Alie Bangura, Onesimus Bull, Ibrahim Kamara and Edward Marrah.