Nigeria’s senior cricket national team kept promotion hopes alive by beating Cayman Islands at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur today.
Nigeria won the coin toss but chose to field as the opening (batsmen) duo of Endurance Ofem and Segun Olayinka would later prove incisive during a highly intensive catch-up game.
The West Africans didn’t start too well with Saheed Akolade sending the first ball of the match for five wides.
Both Cayman Islands openers were however sent packing for ducks by Akolade, but Raymond Sealy assumed responsibility over the first half of the innings scoring 58 before he was bowled by Olajide Bejide in the 27th over, taking the score to 91-5.
Kervin Ebanks with 37 and Troy Taylor with 33 helped ensure that the lower order were able to make the total somewhat respectable, taking the Caymans to 204 before they were bowled out from the last ball of the innings.
Ofem and Olayinka began Nigeria’s reply in style, sharing in a 180 partnership that got them within touching distance of the target.
Ofem was bowled out by Ricardo Roach for 90 while Olayinka was bowled for 84 by Troy Taylor two overs later, and Ricky Sharma was trapped lbw first ball, leaving Nigeria on 187-3.
Emmanuel Okwudili and captain Adekunle Adegbola, ensured was no batting collapse by guiding the Nigerians to a seven wicket win with 9.2 overs to spare.
Nigeria will play Tanzania on Monday, whilst the Cayman Islands will take on the unbeaten Jersey.