Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone by 137 runs to dominate African division two of the ICC under 19 World Cup qualifier tournament in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
The opening partnership of 148 runs between Olaleye Elijah and Samuel Mba, gave Nigeria a dream start.
The opening batsman struck a majestic 110, as he and Samuel Mba put on 148 for the first wicket, and pulled his side clear in the final.
That alliance was enough to put Nigeria out of sight, as Sierra Leone were overwhelmed by the opening stand, which lasted 34.1 overs.
Beyond that opening partnership, only Segun Ogundipe made a meaningful contribution, as Nigeria’s total petered out to 242 for nine, assisted by 21 extras.
In response, Sierra Leone served up their worst batting performance of the tournament. They were bundled out for just 105, with skipper George Ngegba fighting a lone battle with 31.