Cricket: Ayoleyine powers Ghana's triumph over Lesotho

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Paul Ayoleyine


Youngster Paul Ayoleyine was a delight to watch in Ghana’s win against Lesotho on Monday, August 20 at the Africa Division 2 U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The 16 -year- old scored a remarkable 99-90, not out, as Ghana beat Lesotho on day two of the tournament at the Senwes Main Park. Scoring 337-7, Ayoleyine had a good partnership with Richmond Baaleri, who also scored 89-90 in the middle order of the first innings.

Ayoleyine was also adjudged the Player of the Match as Ghana won the game by 270 runs after Lesotho managed 67-10 in 20.2 overs.

Aaron Boamah took 5-10 in 5.2 overs while Bless Bakodie took 2-2 in 3 overs.

After losing their Group B opener to Nigeria on Sunday, August 19, Ghana now has one more match to play to determine their qualification to the next stage.

Ghana, third on the group with two points, will face Mozambique, on Wednesday , August 22, at 9:30am (7:30am Ghana time) while leaders, Nigeria with four points play Lesotho.

Nigeria on Monday also defeated Mozambique with 10 wickets after a 56-10 in 19.2 overs and 58-0 in 9.5 overs results.

In Group A, the first four teams are with two points each, except Swaziland, who are yet to taste victory.

Sierra Leone defeated Tanzania by eight wickets (96-10 in 32.4 / 97-2 in 31.5 overs), while Botswana saw off Rwanda by 19 runs (120-10 in 28.2 overs and 101-10 in 37 overs).

First two teams in both groups will progress to the semi-final, while the top three teams will make it to the Division 1 qualifiers.