The senior national men’s Cricket team have secured qualification to the next stage of the ICC World T20 from the West Africa region qualifiers, courtesy a 109 runs win against the Gambia at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
It was Ghana’s second victory against the Gambia in the double round-robin tourney.
Ghana, having won the toss and electing to bat first scored 165 runs for 7 wickets. Rexford Bakum scored 64 runs, off 51 balls, and David Ankrah scored 44 runs, off 24 balls.
The Gambia scored 56 runs all out, in 14.1 overs in the second innings of the match played in the morning.
Mark Bawa was adjudged Man of the Match after he took 5 wickets for 17 runs in 4 overs while Isaac Aboagye took 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs.
Although the ICC Africa Division 1 champions have secured their qualification, they seek a 100% record in Nigeria. Ghana still lead the table with 8 points, having Nigeria follow with 6 points after the host beat Sierra Leone in the afternoon.
Sierra Leone failed to take revenge on the host after a brilliant fielding in the first innings which had Nigeria score 120 runs for 9 wickets. Nigeria won the game by 6 runs after their opponents managed a score of 114 runs for 5 wickets.
With a rest day on Thursday, April 19, Ghana plays its 5th match against Sierra Leone at 9:30 am (8:30 am Ghana time) and wraps it up with Nigeria on Saturday at 1:50 pm.
Two countries will qualify for the next stage to meet champions from other Subregions in Africa.
The ICC T20 Sub-regional tournament – West Africa Qualifier A will be followed by the ACA Africa T20 Cup- West Africa Regional Qualifiers from Tuesday, April 24 to Sunday, April 29. This will have Cameroon and Mali join the other four nations to battle it out for supremacy.