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15.05.2007 Cricket

Cricket: Nigeria Show Power

Although the senior national cricket team have qualified for the semi-finals after beating Sierra Leone, they risked being dislodged at the summit of the group.

Yesterday at the ongoing North-West African Cricket tournament in The Gambia, the Ghanaians fumbled against their West African neighbours, Nigeria, in the their second match of the tournament.

At the time of filing this report, Ghana was bowled out for 102 runs in only 27 overs out of 50.

The Ghanaians were overwhelmed by the rocket-speed bowling by the Nigerians, which bowled out Ghana's opening batsmen captain Francis Bakiweyem and Obed Harvey Agbomadzie.

The remaining batsmen, Kofi Anaafi, Lawrence Ahadzi, Samson Awiah, Mark Bawa, James Vifah, Rufuss Ntiamoah, Peter Ananya, Matthew Bawa and Kofi Bagabena were bowled out even faster than the first two.

In the second innings, however, Ghana's Peter Ananya and Obed Harvey Agbomadzie did some accurate bowling to put the Nigerian batsmen under pressure.

 

The Nigerians, however, managed to score 22 runs in 10 overs for one wicket at the time of filing this report.

The performance of Ananya and Agbomadzie was a major improvement on the previous day's game against Sierra Leone.

A loss to Nigeria will not affect Ghana's semi-final berth but it means the Ghanaians will now play Group A leaders, which is likely to be Morocco, tomorrow.

The North Africans were still playing The Gambia at the time of filing this report and were chasing a target of 255 runs which had been scored by Gambia all out in only 38 overs. The Moroccans had scored 34 runs in nine overs for no wicket — good enough to make them exceed Gambia's target.

Hosts, The Gambia, are likely to face Nigeria in the other semi-final tie that could easily go to the Nigerians.

Should Ghana make it to the final, it could be another clash with Nigeria.

"This game has gone well for Nigeria so far so we are looking forward to meeting them in the final. They are an associate nation and beating them for the first time will be a big boost for Ghana ahead of our participation in the U-19 World Cup qualifiers in South Africa next August," Ghana's Coach Philip 'Ras Bingi' Taylor told the Daily Graphic.

Story by Nathaniel Attoh,

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