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  • Updated: March 11, 2024

African Games: Team Nigeria grabs semi-final ticket in cricket

African Games: Team Nigeria grabs semi-final ticket in crick

Team Nigeria advanced to the semi-finals of the women's cricket event at the 13th African Games in Ghana after finishing second in group A with three points, tying with Tanzania. 

Nigeria's superior net run rate secured their spot, aided by Tanzania's narrow victory over Namibia in the other group A match. 

Joining them in the semi-finals is South Africa, who topped the group with four wins. The decisive match at the Achimota B Cricket oval saw Nigeria take on South Africa in the final group A encounter.

Nigeria won the toss and opted to bat first, scoring 74 all out in 18.4 overs. In the chase, South Africa scored 78/6 in 14.5 overs . South Africa won by four wickets.

Blessing Etim, captain of the Nigerian team, who was beaming with smiles, said all that mattered was the qualification to the next round of the event.

Etim said, “Though we lost to South Africa, all that matters is the semi-finals qualification. I must commend my teammates for the harEsd work they have put in.

"I also appreciate Lilian Ude for the five wickets she contributed in this game. Her performance was one of the major highlights of the game.’’

Nigeria had on Friday caused an upset at the Games when they defeated Namibia, one of the high ranked female cricket teams in the continent, with a 55-run victory.

In the opening match of the tournament, Nigeria had shared points with Tanzania in a rain-washed inconclusive match on Thursday, which brought their tally to three points, before Sunday’s encounter.

Nigeria will face Zimbabwe on Monday in the first semi-final encounter, while South Africa will take on Uganda in the second semi-final tie. The women’s event is expected to end on Wednesday.

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