The female national team of Ghana suffered a narrowly painful defeat to Nigeria on day 2 of the ongoing ACA/NWA Women’s tournament at the Achimota Cricket Oval A.
Ghana, who won toss and decided to field first had a lackluster beginning.
Nigeria, who needed a win badly, scored 127-5 with Agazuma Samatha scoring 24-31. Obulor Agatha also scored 20-12.
Ghana’s Ellen Otu Asante took 2-11 in 1 over while Rebecca Adotei took 2-24 in 4 overs.
Ghana had to chase a score they have never made to clinch a second victory as they successfully won their first game against Gambia on Friday in a similar situation. They failed to reach their target of 128, managing 124-7. Nigeria won by 3 runs.
The game, until the last ball in the last over of the second innings had fans of both teams sitting on the edge of their seats, with some not able to control their emotions.
Felicia Serwaa, who was in no doubt taking Ghana closer to achieving their target, scored 2 runs out of the last ball to wrap up proceedings.
Finishing 2 games Not Out, she was nearly caught in the 13th over when Ghana still needed 46 runs to win. Serwaa, after scoring 38-30 in the first game, now have a total of 82-61 as she scored 44-31 against Nigeria. Serwaa leads the batting performance, followed by Gambia’s Haddy Wally with 49-73 and Nigeria’s Agamuza Samatha with 31-50.
Defending champions, Sierra Leone saw off Gambia on Oval B and are currently top of the table with 4 points. Gambia, who chose to bat first after winning the toss scored 54-10 in 19.3 overs. In form Sierra Leone finished off the game winning by 7 wickets as they scored 55-3 in 8.5 overs. Aminata Kamara scored 15-16 with 20 extras.
Ghana and Nigeria are tied on 2 points each with Gambia at the bottom with no point.
It is going to be a tough day 3, on Sunday, January 21 as Ghana would need a convincing win against the defending champions on Oval A. Gambia, would also not allow themselves to be the whipping side, coming against a now motivated Nigeria side, who until the last ball experienced excitement in their game 2 against Ghana on Saturday.
Africa Cricket Association is making sure this tournament happens, with Tullow Oil, Parlays Biscuit and Special Ice as other sponsors.