The Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) has scheduled July 8 and 9, 2023 to begin the Ashanti Region Senior Women’s T20 league at the KNUST Obuasi Campus Cricket Oval.
The league which enters its 3rd edition is expected to run till August 27, 2023, totaling 5 weeks and with 6 participating clubs.
The league which is to further keep the female players active and competitive will see Tutuka Queens play Wawasi Elites in the morning, while Pomposo Royals lock horns with Central Divas in the afternoon of Saturday, July 8, 2023.
On Sunday morning, defending champions, Royal Batters will welcome White Hawks will wrap up week 1, as they have scores to settle
Players have been drawn from the Ashanti Region, with few from other regions to participate in the league.
Pomposo Royals, led by Senior Women’s captain Rhyda Ofori Amanfo won the maiden edition in November 2021 but could not defend it, as they lost it out to Royal Batters, led by Cynthia Ankobea Konadu in March 2022.
Both captains are optimistic of lifting their second trophy, but new teams, Wawasi Elites and Central Divas are also in for a deal, as they have lined up a great team for the showdown.
Wawasi Elites Cricket Club has the likes of captain Rashidatu Salia, Fati Bawa and Evelyn Nobanie, while Central Divas Cricket Club will feature captain Miriam Eshun, Komalpreet Grewal and Grace Pomaa.
Meanwhile, Treasurer and female development rep on the GCA executive board, Angela Cassandra Allotey tells TalksenseSports her expectations.
“My expectations are in two folds; normally when we organize these domestic league, it is to help us to continue to ensure that our senior women have enough playing time, so that they are able to strengthen themselves and be able to face international tournaments, because without the league, they will be fallow. So, this league will provide the much-needed playing time that our ladies need in order to be stronger in expertise for tournaments. And this is one of the things GCA wants to put in place.”
“I also expect the league to help us unearth young talents from the various hubs, so we could put them into an emerging senior team, for us to get a pool of the players. This will help us to reach out for players whenever there is the need. We always need to ensure that the pathway to the senior women’s team is in place. I pray we will be able to achieve these two and be able to develop the female cricket in Ghana.” She added.
It actually expects to be an interesting single round robin T20 league, with cheers for boundaries and dot balls, as well as great fielding.
Women’s Cricket is on a steady rise in Ghana with the need for corporate bodies to join hands with the Ghana Cricket Association to, while unearthing talents, better the performances of the Senior team for laurels in Africa and the World.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey