Sunday 18th September, 2016
A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Sept. 18,
GNA – Ghana U-19 national cricket team beat Nigeria to win Gold at the just
ended International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Division 2 tourney in Benoni,
Ghana made 28 runs
for zero in 4.3 overs in the second innings to outrun Nigeria’s 27 runs for 10
wickets in 15.4 overs to emerge as winners by 10 wickets.
The victory has
qualified Ghana for the ICC Africa Division One to be played next year in a yet
to be named venue and will serve as qualification for the winner to qualify for
the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2019 in New Zealand.
Ghana who were
unbeaten in the tournament opened their descent campaign with a win over
Botswana, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Rwanda, and Tanzania before recording a 10
wickets victory in the last game on Saturday to put a seal on the triumph in
the seven day tournament.
The lads were
motivated by the presence and the words of encouragements from Ghana’s
ambassador to South Africa H.E Kwesi Ahwoi ahead of the final game which won
Aboagye was adjudged the Best Bowler of the tournament having bowled 294 balls.
Out of six games, he has given away 107 runs taken 21 wickets, made 3 times of
5 wickets in a match in nine maidens with an average of 5.10 and scoring rate
of 14.00. His sterling performance also made him emerged as the Most Valuable
Player having made 1.08 batting and 71.91 bowling .He joins compatriot Kelvin
Marko Awala as the only Ghanaian players selected among the 12 man Dream Team
of the tournament with Kelvin Marko Awala placing second on the fielding chart
with 5 catches.
The feat chalked by
the team led by the Vice President of the Ghana Cricket Association Mr. Kwame
Asare, Henry Ackom and the technical handlers has put Ghana on top of its peers
in the division.
Efforts by youth
cricket academies in Ghana such as Nsoroma Cricket Academy, Turf Cricket
Academy, Teshie Cricket Academy and City cricket Club produced the players who
have raised the flag of Ghana high.
The Minister of
Youth and Sports, Mr. Edwin Nii Lantey
Vanderpuye who has been monitoring the team’s splendid performance in South
Africa is expected to meet the team when they arrive on Tuesday at the Kotoka