Cricket World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Lose By 59 Runs To Namibia


Nigeria’s Women’s Cricket team competing at the T20 World Cup qualifier in Botswana have lost their second match by 59 points to an impressive Namibian side.

Namibia won the toss and elected to bat first. They started really well racing to 21 runs in just three overs before losing the 1st wicket to Abdulquadri Taiwo. The second wicket fell very quickly to Efosa Joy for just 23 runs in the 4th over.

Namibia turned on the heat and raced to 68 runs in 10 overs. Efosa Joy and Abdduquadri returned to break the partnership. Namibia lost the 5th wicket on 95 runs at the 15th over.

Yasmeen Khan and Kayleen Green of Namibia both scored 29 runs respectively, strongly supported by Jurriene Diergaardt with 15 runs. Namibia eventually finished for 125 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

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Abdulquadri Taiwo and Joy Efosa got 2 wickets each for 19 and 24 runs respectively in four overs, while Agatha Obulor and Rachael Samson got 1 wicket at piece.

In the second innings, Nigeria started calmly, trying to navigate the opening overs of Namibia with Esther Sandy and Abdulquadri Kehinde rotating the strikes well.

Unfortunately, Nigeria lost both wickets quickly to peg the team on 22 runs after the 1st power play. Namibia increased the firepower thereon to restrict Nigeria to just 28 runs after 10 overs, taking a firm grip on the match.

Nigeria never got going, every dots ball and fall of wickets ensured that a possible fightback from Nigeria was too little too late. Only Omonye Asika managed double figures, scoring 14 runs off 29 balls as the best bating figures for Nigeria. Nigeria eventually finished with 66 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

Nigeria Can take positives from the game coming from the Kwibuka Tournament especially in the fightback during the first innings where Namibia was poised for a total of 170 but were eventually restricted to 125 runs. They will need a much-improved performance against Uganda on Saturday.

Nigeria Loses To Botswana In Under-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

World Cup Qualifiers, U-19 CricketNigeria on Thursday lost to Botswana by one wicket at the ongoing Under-19 Cricket World cup qualifiers in South Africa.

Nigeria batted first scoring 101 runs all out in 39.3 overs. The nation’s top scorers in their innings were Taiwo Mohammed, 24; Sylvester Okpe, 23 and Sulaimon Runsewe, 15.

In the second inning, Botswana raced up to 103 for the loss of 9 wickets in 31.5 overs, to win the match.

Nigeria will play Ghana on Saturday and Tanzania on Sunday. It’s a round Robin league and the top two teams will qualify to Division one.

Team Nigeria had beaten Zambia to record a first victory at the second division of the 2016 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Cricket World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Record First Victory

Nigeria-Cricket-Team-World-CupTeam Nigeria has beaten Zambia to record a first victory at the Africa’s second division of the 2016 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nigeria won the toss and chose to field first.

Zambia went on to bat and scored a total of 150 runs all out in 37 overs with M.A Ali scoring a total of 61 runs for the Zambians.

The Nigerian Bowlers responded with some brilliant spells from Captain Okpe Sylvester with three wickets and Isaac Danladi also with three wickets.

However, the star performer in the bowling effort for Nigeria was Chima Akachukwu with five wickets.

In the second innings, Nigeria’s opening pair of Runsewe Sulaiman and Olaleye Elijah gradually chased the match professionally and eliminated every form of tension with an impressive partnership of 92 runs in 20 overs.

Elijah went on to score 69 runs which puts him in a strong position for Man of the match award with Akachukwu strongly in contention.

Nigeria scored 151 runs for the loss of two wickets in 32.3 overs and won the match by eight wickets.

Nigeria’s next match is against Rwanda on Sunday at the same venue.‎