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Legesi U-19 series star

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th December 2001 03:00 AM

KEITH Legesi scooped the man of series award of the innaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) East Africa Under-19 tournament that ended Friday.

KEITH Legesi scooped the man of series award of the innaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) East Africa Under-19 tournament that ended Friday.

By Ronnie Kintu and Norman Katende KEITH Legesi scooped the man of series award of the innaugural International Cricket Council (ICC) East Africa Under-19 tournament that ended Friday. The Ugandan debutante Under-19 skipper was hailed for his tremendous role that ensured his team win the triangular tournament that involved Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda started the tournament on a false note, losing to hosts Kenya by 68 runs before triumphing against Tanzania by 184 runs. The side got a draw against Kenya in the second encounter match that aborted. After booking a place in the finals, the youngsters lost by five wickets to Tanzania. A captain's resolution saw the side fight back against Kenya to clinch the final game by six wickets at Simba Union. Legesi, a devastating wicket keeper claimed eight catches and knocked 110 runs in the three innings ensuring an average of 36. 7 runs with 82 as his highest score. Uganda's Hamza Saleh who demolished Kenya with an unbeaten 58 runs in the final game was crowned man -of-the-match while off spinner Clive Kyangungu (8/51 in 12.1 overs) was the second best bowler of the tournament. Kenya's leg spinner Jadavji Laxman (9/80 in 30 overs) was best bowler. Morris Ouma, a wicket keeper for Kenya scooped the best batsman award with figures 229 runs in 4 innings with an average of 56.5 runs. “There is talent and ICC is committed to develop the game from the grass roots. This is the beginning of many programmes in the region,” said regional development officer Tom Tikolo. Tikolo also acknowledged the splendid performance shown by the youngsters that saw each team at least clinch a win. The focus now turns to Dar es Salam for the inaugural ICC East Africa under-18 girls and under-15 boys tournament that kicks off today. The triumphant U-19 team, meanwhile, returned home Saturday to a heroes welcome. Officials braved the cold night to wait for the team that arrived more than two hours late. In national black-track suits and MTN T-shirts, the boys who looked tired from the journey but happy over their achievement carried their bags confidently. Their eyes were glittering with victory as team captain Legesi carried the two trophies won. “This one is for keeps. The bigger one is a floating one,” explained Legesi. NCS boss Abbey Lutaya welcomed them.

Legesi U-19 series star

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