Kent Cricket Club men's team have gained promotion to the Premier League after beating Old Prince Waleans Cricket Club by seven (7) wickets on Saturday at the Prince of Wales Ground, Kingtom in the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) / Mercury T20 Division One League.
Kent reduced Old Prince Waleans to 109 all out. Old Prince Waleans wickets fell regularly with Emmanuel Akpoh (right arm orthodox) top their batting with 17runs. Kent's Bockarie Abdul took 4 wickets in 4 overs for 19 runs, while Osman Thomas Sankoh took 3 wickets in 4 overs for 24 runs. Kent replied with 113 runs in 12.2 Overs for the lost of 3 wickets. Kent's skipper James Bundu, top scoring with 55 runs not out off 43 balls and Osman Thomas Sankoh scored an incredible 22runs not out off 6 balls.
Joseph Pessima, Kent’s Head Coach, said: “It was particularly pleasing that we achieved this promotion. It was great to see different players standing up at key points throughout the Division One League with the whole squad contributing at some point. Their attitude and team spirit was outstanding”.
Dr. Godfrey Horatio Sam-Aggrey, Kent’s Board Chairman, said: "The players have worked really hard to secure promotion to the Premier League. Much work has happened off the field to make the club a happy and successful one".
“We are all delighted that our Club has been promoted. "The squad is an integral part of Kent and I know planning is already starting to happen for the premier league which is ODI and it is expected to start very soon".
Commenting on Kent's success, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Pessima, said: "The development of the youngsters in this pool of players is the highlight of the club's development program epitomising what hard work and dedication can do. He added that "great credit should go to all the volunteer coaches who have helped this group of players develop in such a short space of time".
"Thanks to our Kit sponsor Darren Talbot of Twenty20 Community Cricket in the UK and to Harold Greene and Dr. Horatio Sam-Aggrey for their support. Thanks also to Mark Demos for the equipment".