Abuja- Kwara and Kaduna states will on Sunday slug it out in the final of this year’s national men’s cricket championship taking place at the Cricket Pitch, National Stadium, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kwara, representing North-Central zone, defeated Oyo, representatives of South-West by 28 runs to emerge as the first finalist of the tournament.
Kwara, having batted first, quickly raced to a total score of 155 runs in 25 overs for the loss of six wickets, while Oyo scored 127 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 25 overs.
Kaduna, representing North-West, secured the second final slot on Saturday after a hard earned win over Enugu, the South-East representatives.
Kaduna batted first and secured 201 runs in 25 overs for the loss of four wickets, while Enugu chased hard in the second inning but secured only 62 runs all out.
The encounter ended with Kaduna progressing to the final with 132 runs.
Edo, representatives of South-South zone, led in the opening day of the championship winning Enugu, fellow Group B opponents by six wickets.
The South-South team was however, overtaken on the second day by hard fighting Kaduna and Kwara who would do battle in 50 over final match on Sunday.
The championship, which started on Friday, was organised by the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) and sponsored by Dr John Abebe, a former President of NCF.
NAN reports that the ongoing championship will be used to select players who will be invited to national camp in preparation for the 2015 World Cricket Championship scheduled to take place in Hong Kong. (NAN)