It is level against the number of games played now at the ongoing West Africa Trophy in Lagos, for the Senior national men’s cricket team (3 wins, 3 loses), after their 82 runs defeat to host Nigeria on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
Nigeria knew Ghana loves to chase and so after winning toss, opted to bat first.
With a great partnership between Runsewe Sulaimon 80(62) and Daniel Ajekun 33(38) from the beginning, the yellow greens scored 142/6, as the fall of wickets came a bit late for Ghana. At 10 Overs, Nigeria had 51 runs with no wicket down.
Aqeel Israr got 2 of the wickets, while Rexford Bakum also got 2, which came in 1 over.
Ghana started the second innings well but could not build well a partnership like Nigeria did in the first innings. Rexford Bakum 6(16) was sacrificed on the 4.2 over and later James Vifah 16 (12) also fell.
Godfred Bakiweyem 9(9) and Kelvin Awala 9(11) tried to build a partnership in the middle order but it was broken again by a very determined Nigeria side. Ghana however managed 60/10 in 14.2 overs to give Nigeria 2 wins over their West Africa rivals.
Ghana, after beating Sierra Leone twice and Rwanda once, have another battle against the host on Wednesday, October 11, at 10am to wrap up the lost for the triple round robin prelims. There is Rwanda and Sierra Leone to play before the semifinals is decided.
Sierra Leone later today defeated Rwanda by 2 runs and finally had their first win of the tournament.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey