By Lawrence Oshodi –
Nigeria won their second game of the ongoing Nigeria Women’s T20 Invitational Cricket Tournament in Lagos by beating The Gambia by 10 wickets on Tuesday.
In their match at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval, The Gambia won the toss and elected to bat first.
The hosts however proved to be a superior side against their rivals, as they needed only 10.1 overs to send all batters back to the stands.
Good bowling performances from Lilian Ude, with two wickets and two maidens, helped for a limited score of runs for the Gambian team.
This was complemented as well by Favour Eseigbe with three wickets, seven runs in three overs.
Also, Miracle Imimole’s two wickets five runs in three overs contributed to The Gambia finishing their innings in 20 runs, all out in 10.1 overs.
The second innings saw Nigeria coming in to bat and needing only the opening duo of Kehinde Abdulquadri and Peity Lucky to score 21 runs in 1.5 overs.
At the end of the game, Fatou Faye, captain of the Gambian team, said in spite of the loss her team was in optimal shape ahead of their next matches.
“As a team, we are disappointed. But we came here to win and that is the hope that we have.
“It is disappointing for us that we lost to our Nigerian counterparts, but we will continue to push to ensure we win our other matches,” Faye said.
On her part, Blessing Etim, captain of the Nigerian team, said she was proud of the team and was confident ahead of their next game against Ghana on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15-year-old Ude, with her two wickets and two maidens in two overs, was picked as the player of the match.