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10.11.2008 Cricket

Cricket: Ghana Wins N/W Africa Tourney

The national under-17 cricket team has won this year's edition of the North-West Africa tournament that ended in Nigeria last Friday.

The icing on the cake for the Ghanaian team was the fact that Captain Simon Ateak was named man of the series, an award which goes to the best players at cricket tournaments.

 

Ateak won the man-of-the-match award three times in addition to winning the main trophy.

 

In the final played at the M.K.O. Abiola Stadium in Ogun State, Nigeria, last Friday, Ghana showed class in the batting department to overcome hosts, Nigeria by 111 runs.

Ghana won the toss and batted first to score 159 runs, with 48 of these coming from captain Simon Ateak who batted 48 runs.

The Nigerians, who had no clues to the tight fielding and accurate bowling from the Ghanaians, were bowled out after they had scored 48 runs.

The Chairman of the Ghana Cricket Association, (GCA) Mr Prince Vanderpuye-Orgle, who broken the good news to the Daily Graphic on phone said “this victory goes to warm our hearts for all the financial difficulties the team had to face before travelling to Nigeria.”

According to him, the team has also set a good record for itself and will be rated highly.

“I just hope that some companies will be inspired by this feat to come to our aid with some sponsorship so that the trend whereby national cricket teams always face financial problems will be a thing of the past,” Mr Vanderpuye-Orgle said.

Meanwhile, the team coached by Peter Ananya, Captain of the senior team, with Eugene King as team leader, arrived in Accra on Saturday and were hosted to a small victory party at the Achimota oval yesterday by the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA), Dr William Ampofo.

 

The GCA Charman Mr P. Vanderpuye-Orgle wil arrive in Accra from Lagos today.

Story by Nathaniel Attoh

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