Sierra Leone successfully defended the Africa Cricket Association, Northwest Africa Women’s tournament 2018, after losing to Ghana on the final day (Sunday, Jan 21) at the Achimota Cricket Ovals.
Ghana, on Oval A won toss again and decided to field first, so Sierra Leone scored 106-9.
Ghana, in the second innings put up a spirited performance and scored a remarkable 108-6 in 17.2 overs, thereby winning by 5 wickets. Felicia Serwaa scored 33-29 while Elizabeth Annor scored 25-35. Janet Kowa, took 2-22 in 4 overs.
The girls, together with officials had mixed feelings as the target to beat the defending champions was realized after the narrow lost to Nigeria.
Net Run Rate played a role in declaring the winner of the tournament, as Nigeria also won against Gambia on oval B. Gambia, who after putting Ghana to the test and losing eventually, lost their momentum in the 3 day tourney. Gambia had to field first, upon winning the toss. Nigeria then scored 138-4. Gambia in the second innings however could only manage 80-7 in 20 overs, and Nigeria won by 58 runs.
With all 3 teams except Gambia tied on 4 points, Sierra Leone emerged champions with a Net Run Rate of 1.27, as against Ghana’s 0.97 and Nigeria’s 0.59. Gambia, who hosted the first edition and came fourth, kept their place, (4th) without a point and -3.22 Run Rate.
At the closing ceremony and Awards night, Player of the Match Awards were given for each the 6 matches played. Felicia Serwaa, became a ‘house hold’ name after she grabbed 4 individual Awards. She was won Player of the Match in Ghana’s game against Nigeria, scoring 44-34 and again against Sierra Leone, scoring 33-29. She was named, Best Batter of the tournament with a total of 115-93 and crowned it all, with the Outstanding player of the tournament Award.
Still with the Player of the Match Award, Gambia’s Haddu Wally who scored 42-59 and took 1-16 in 2 overs, won that of the game they played against Ghana. Nigeria versus Sierra Leone’s game went to Linda Bull of Sierra leone, who scored 20-20 and took 1-16 in 1 over. After taking 3-7 in 4 overs, Sierra Leone’s Janet Kowa won Player of the Match against Gambia and whiles Nigeria’s Agatha Obulor won that of the match against Gambia, as she scored 22-28 & took 1-14 in 4 overs.
Nigeria’s Rachel Samson was also named the Best Bowler of the tournament, after taking a total of 6-63 in 13 overs.
Ghana, although failed in their bid to host and win aren’t disappointed, as they have seen improvement in their performance from the previous edition.
Africa Cricket Association sponsored the tournament, with support from Tullow oil, Parlays Biscuit and Special Ice.