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African Games Cricket: For me Nigeria is team of the tournament- ICC Development Manager


Akanimo Kufre

Nigeria’s female participation has been described as magnificent by the International Cricket Council, (ICC) Development Manager, Mrs Patricia Kambarami who watched cricket events at Achimota Cricket Oval.

The lowest ranked of all the teams in the tournament is playing in the semifinals. It shows you that the competition is really close. I am glad that Zimbabwe and South Africa are here as two full members to compete.

Mrs. Kambarami also said she is proud that Africa is leading the development of women’s cricket .

Nigerian’s teen stars such as Lilian Ude is currently the 2nd Best Bowler in the tournament with 8 wickets, Peace Usen has 5 and ranked 11th while Peculiar Agboya is 14th best bowler so far.

The batting department is Nigeria’s greatest drawbacks and the technical team has been advised by admirers to give time to this vital area of Nigerian cricket.

However, Salome Sunday continue to show quality performance with 55 run from 4 matches as Nigeria’s top better and 10th best in the completion of 8 countries. Peculiar Agboya follows as 18th best batter with 34 runs and Piety Lucky is 23rd and record 32 runs.

Their chase for medal on Monday met a huge huddle, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe came into tournament as the second ICC full member country after South Africa possible to improve the quality of the cricket challenge in 13th African Games.

Zimbabwe defeated Nigeria by 5 wickets in the 2nd semifinals match. Nigeria scored a poor total of 74 runs in 1st innings with loss of 9 wickets. Zimbabwe chase was not easy as anticipated as Nigeria restricted them from early finish. The game finally ended at 16th over with the Test Cricket playing Zimbabwe scoring 75 runs and lost 5 wickets.

Nigerian will play for the bronze medal against Uganda on Wednesday.

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