A mixture of ex-players and current players of the Ghana Cricket national team, plus other cricket players engaged in a one-day T20 fun games at the Achimota Cricket Oval on Saturday, December 24, 2022 in honor of past heroes of the Cricket.
Mark XI, with players like Simon Ateak, Isaac Aboagye and Frank Baaleri begun the game and scored 100/8 in 20 overs after they won toss and chose to bat.
Mark Bawa was in his elements, as he enjoyed the game with some boundaries and totaled a score of 41(34) after his reach for another boundary was caught from Vincent Ateak’s delivery.
Mark scored 4 fours and 1 six, before their restriction of Peter XI in the second innings. However, Barani Kumar took 4.0-0-15-4, while Tazun took 4.0-0-23-2 in the bowling figures.
Former national captain, Peter Ananya had his turn on the crease as the 6th batter, but couldn’t last long as Mark Bawa’s ball got him caught by Isaac Aboagye, leaving him 4(8).
Peter XI managed 94/8 as the game entered ‘it could go anyway’ while Kelvin Awala and Elisha saw more dots; Mark XI won by 6 runs and had all the bragging rights.
Mark Bawa won the Player of the match as he also took 4.0-0-12-2. Isaac Kofi Otuafo Aboagye, another former national team captain also took 4.0-0-17-2.
Other players who graced the occasion include Nani, Giresh, Halim, national player, Joseph Thoedore and U-19 player, Lee Nyarko.
The T20 game was played to honor Philip Salathiel Taylor [Ras Bingi] (former national coach), Prince Daniel Vanderpuye-Orgle (former player and GCA President), David Kwesi Quargraine (former GCA President), Braimah Issaka (former groundsman), Henry Benjamin Ackom (former player, Cricket Operations Officer and board member of GCA), Minesh Singh (former team manager of the senior national men’s team), Prajul Pillai (former national senior team player), Festus Apedo (former senior national player) and Reindolf Boateng (former scorer).
These honorable men enormously played vital roles in the development and promotion of Cricket when they were alive and it was just right for the current players and lovers of the game to honor them.
The players amongst eating and drinking, shared memorable moments of these horoes and laughed some of them off while thinking about growing the game of Cricket. You probably missed a lot, if you weren’t there.
By: Davis Nii Attuquaye Clottey