Ghana’s senior national cricket team wrapped up their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa Qualifier B, with a 6 wickets loss to west African neighbors Nigeria on Friday, December 9, 2022.
The final match of the competition played at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium, saw Ghana score in the first innings after winning toss.
Ghana started slowly, sacrificing 3 wickets after 10 overs with the score at 49 and a quick fall of wickets which saw Peter Aho 4.0-0-15-4 get the only hat trick for the tournament in the 15th over, before Richmond Baaleri *11(11) and Theodore *22(21) ended the inning at 127/7. Rexford Bakum came tops in the score for Ghana with 41 runs, off 27 balls.
Nigeria needed 16.4 overs, to win the game, scoring 131/4, as Ashmit Shreshta topped the runs, with *47(44).
Ghana finished 5th with 6 points, 2 behind Sierra Leone, 4 behind Mozambique and 7 behind eventual champions Tanzania and second placed Nigeria.
Captain, Obed Harvey in an interview with TalksenseSports, says they had some take aways from the tournament.
“The tournament in general has been worth participating in with bittersweet moments like a roller coaster ride to us as a unit. We went in as dark-horse, like a force to be reckoned with. We had some good games, lost some and won some. Some memories made, some positives to derive from the competition as take aways.”
“The best batter of the tournament came from us and the only century from the tournament. Also, some remarkable bowling spells from a youngster Richmond to be rated as part of the bowlers from the tournament. So, all things being equal, we have enough to build up on.” He added.
Vice-captain, Samson Kwasi Awe Awiah was adjudged the Best Batter of the tournament, with a total of 227 runs, off 171 balls and with a strike rate of 132.75.
Captain Obed Harvey was also the only player to have scored a century in the tournament, with 107 runs, off 54 balls, not out, a strike rate of 198.15, having reached the boundary, 4 times on the ground and 9 times in the air.
Youngster, Richmond Baaleri was 5th on the Bowlers chat with 10 wickets taken, from 19.4 overs in 7 matches.
Obed however believes, they can be better with extra befitting preparations.
“We can be better with extra befitting preparation, system for player growth, structures in good shape, player support and retention, above all grow our coaching structure across board.”
Tanzania and Nigeria have qualified to play in the Regional finals in 2023 in Namibia, where they will face Kenya, & Rwanda who qualified from Sub Regional A, Uganda, Zimbabwe and host Namibia, for 2 slots to the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Team Ghana is expected back to the country on Sunday, (December 11, 2022) afternoon.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey