Ghana’s Cricket international, Simon Ateak shot Ghana into their second win at the on-going ICC T20 Sub-regional tournament – West Africa Qualifier A, with a significant 57 runs off 42 balls against Sierra Leone.
His feat which won him the Man of the Match Award saw Ghana win by 38 runs, restricting Sierra Leone to 109 runs for 8 wickets. Ghana, who won the toss and decided to bat first scored 140 runs, for 6 wickets in the 4th match, played on Sunday, April 15 at the Tafawa Balewa Square. Ghana’s total runs had 4 Extras, 1 No Ball and 3 wides.
In the batting performance, James Vifah scored 17 runs, off 28 balls, Rexford Bakum scored 16 runs, off 14 balls and Peter Ananya also scored 16 runs, off 15 balls.
Their Bowling figures, however, saw Isaac Aboagye taking 2 wickets for 28 runs in 4 overs, while David Ankrah took 1 wicket for 13 runs in 3 overs. Kofi Bagabena also took 1 wicket for 26 runs, in 4 overs.
Speaking to TalksenseSports after the game, Head Coach Kodam Kofi Anefi believes they need to work harder in the subsequent matches.
“We won this match and we are happy but I think we need to work harder. In Cricket, you don’t underrate your opponents; you go all out and prove a point as things can change in the other innings. Our score against the Gambia was higher than that of Sierra Leone and it doesn’t mean Sierra Leone were tougher. We must score more if we want to qualifier to the next stage. Nigeria is next and we must put up a better performance.”
The reigning Africa division 1 side still leads the table with 4 points with superior Net Run Rate, as they are tied on points with second-placed Nigeria, who earlier defeated the Gambia. The host after winning the toss and deciding to bat first scored 176 runs for 5 wickets while the Gambia managed 121 runs for 7 wickets. Nigeria, therefore, won by 55 runs.
The double round robin tournament continues on Tuesday with matches 5 & 6 as for Monday, April 16 is a rest day. The bottom 2, Gambia and Sierra Leone plays in the morning at 9:30 am, while the battle for the top spot between Nigeria and Ghana follows up at 1:50 pm (12:50 pm Ghana time).