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Nigeria leads in Bilateral Cricket Series against Sierra Leone



Nigeria’s men cricket team, Yellow-Green, extended their lead 2-1 after three matches at the ongoing Bilateral T20 cricket Series between Nigeria and Seirra Leone at the University of Lagos on Thursday.

The home team grossed 124 runs in the first innings of the third game and ran out the visiting team at 53 all out.

The Nigerian Captain, Josha Ayannaike, said that the team won the match through their bowling prowess and still had more to do in the batting department.

“We didn’t do too well with our batting but our bowling went a lot better and I must commend my teammates for their effort.”

“We need to get our batters to stay longer on the crease and I believe we will improve as the game continues.” he said.

Slyvester Okpe won the man of the match for the second match; an award he also won in the second game when Nigeria had her first win.

President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata, declared the series open on Tuesday, October 19, at the newly-reconstructed Unilag Cricket Oval.

He said that the country is undertaking this as part of the country’s shape up match for the forthcoming International Cricket Council’s T-20 World Cup, Africa Qualifier, in Rwanda later in November.

“We have an all-inclusive development plan from grassroots to elite athletes and we will work with everything within our means to make Nigeria gain more grounds,” he said.

Furthermore, the six-match T-20 Bilateral Series between Nigeria and Sierra Leone is supported by Access Bank Plc, Ardova Plc, Custodian Insurance Plc, Notore, Glee Hotels and Spa and PETS Foundation.

Our correspondent reports that game of the series is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, while the fifth game is planned for Sunday, 24.

The game would be rounded off with the sixth and last match on Tuesday 26, 2021.

Oluwaseun Fadugba

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