After 3 wins out of 4 matches played, captain of Royal Batters Cricket Club, Cynthia Ankobea Konadu says, they are determined to win the Ashanti Region Senior Women’s T20 Cricket league this year.
The runners up in last year’s edition, who were tied on 8 points with defending champions, Pomposo Royals, only slip came in their match 8 tie against White Hawks on Monday, March 7, 2022. They had beaten White Hawks on week 1 by 9 wickets and tasted revenge from the claws of the Hawks.
White Hawks scored 88 runs for 5 wickets and limited the Blues to 83 runs, all out in 13.5 overs. Apart from Rashidatu Salia 24(16) the fall of wickets went bad for Royal Batters with most of the players having no runs at all. On the flip side, White Hawk’s Ellen Otu Asante took 3 wickets in succession, helping her team to grab their second victory by 5 runs and sit 3rd with 4 points and -5.2 NRR.
On Saturday, Royal Batters defeated Tutuka Queens by 7 wickets after a 73/9 in 18.1 overs and 75/3 in 13.4 overs, result.
They went ahead to clinch their third victory against Pomposo Royals at the KNUST, Obuasi campus Oval. Royal Batters scored 122 runs for 8 wickets in the first innings and had to restrict Pomposo Royals to 85 runs, all out in 16.3 overs. They won by 37 runs and saw themselves on top of the table with an NRR of +1.7.
Proving they have the hitters, Eva Kodie 31(30) stood strong as the return tabber until Rhyda got her out via LBW.
The violets captain, Rhyda Amanfo 6(9), had a bad day, but Janet Alaara 25(22) and Serwaa Felicia *19(17) gave them little hopes, while captain Cynthia Konadu was on cloud 9, taking 4 wickets and giving away 16 runs in 4 overs. (4-0-16-4).
“We can win this year’s league with determination and fair officiating. We have exhibited togetherness in the matches played so far and always encouraged each other no matter what happens. Although we have lost 1 match, none of the teams is a threat to us. We have very good batters and very good bowlers batters as well. Going forward, we will make sure to avoid extras and as our name ‘Royal Batters’, we’ll show our next 2 opponents the batting spirit in us. I am very happy that we are on top and I am sure, we will win it.” She told TalksenseSports.
With 2 matches each to wrap up this year’s Ashanti Region Senior Women’s T20 Cricket League, captain of Royal Batters, Cynthia Ankobea Konadu however expresses optimism in getting a strong Team to represent Ghana, at the upcoming Women’s International T20 Tournament at Lagos.
“It is not about who wins the league but getting a solid team to represent Ghana in Nigeria. The league is still open now and any team can win it because we lost against White Hawks. I am particularly excited about my team’s performance, both seniors and juniors. We will surely see who wins it”
Ghana, among 5 other African countries (Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Rwanda and Cameroon) will converge at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, for the Nigeria Cricket Federation’s Women’s T20 International Tournament from March 26 through to April 4, 2022.
National female Head Coach, Obed Harvey is certain of getting a very good team for the task ahead, as Women’s Cricket sees a pacey rise in Ghana.
Other matches played during the long week 2 actions saw White Hawks hand Pomposo Royals their second defeat in an attempt to defend the title.
Pomposo scored 81 runs, all out in 18.3 overs, while the Hawks scored 83 runs, for 5 wickets in 15.3 overs and won by 5 wickets.
The two will clash on Saturday, March 12, afternoon for Match 10, after which Pomposo meets Royal Batters for match 11 on Sunday, morning.