ABUJA – Team South-South on Sunday in Abuja emerged champions of the first edition of National Under-17 Female Cricket Championship.
The competition, at the cricket pitch of the Abuja National Stadium, saw five regions participating in the championship.
They were North Central, South West, South East, South-South and North West.
In the final match, South-South defeated South West with 78 runs in two wickets in 15 overs, as against South West with 76 runs in seven wickets in 20 overs.
South West took the second place while North Central emerged the second runner-up of the tourney.
Awards were given to outstanding players in the competition, including the Most Promising Cricketer, Kehinde Abdulkadri, from North Central.
The Best Fielder was awarded to Skendy Florence from South-South; Ayegun Yvonne took the Wickets keeper after dismissals of seven batsmen, while Bowler Series went to Omoye Azike also from South-South.
The award of batsman of the series and wicketer of the series went to Kehinde Abdulkadri from North-Central while the Most Disciplined Team went to South East.
Coach Cyril Musa of South-South, said he was very impressed with the performance of his team, stating that this was their first competition with their age grade.
He, however, said they had always competed with older teams because there had not been an U-17 tourney before now. Musa further stated that continuous training was very important, to enable them to excel in the forthcoming Africa championship in The Gambia. The competition, which kicked-off on June 12, ended on Sunday. (NAN)