Ghana’ senior national male Cricket team continues their winning momentum in Nigeria as they beat Gambia in the first match of the ACA Africa T20 Cup North West Africa Regional qualifiers at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Monday, April 23.
Their win against the Gambia becomes the third time in 10 days, as they beat the latter twice in the just ended ICC World T20 Africa qualifier A at the same venue.
The ICC Africa T20 champions won the toss and chose to bat. A partnership between the first two batsmen, Rexford Bakum and Simon Ateak produced 125 runs, out of the total score of 163 runs for 5 wickets. Rexford scored 60 runs, off 49 balls, while Simon scored 65 runs, off 53 balls.
The Gambians broke the partnership when Rexford smashed a ball bowled by B Jaye but was caught by M. Dumbuya on the 14.2 over. Simon stayed a little longer till the 19.4 over when he was caught behind the wicket by P. Campbell.
In the second innings, Ghana restricted the Gambia to 83 runs, all out in 18 overs. Ghana won by 80 runs. Mark Bawa took 3 wickets for 16 runs in 4 overs; Samson Awe Awiah took 2 wickets for 9 runs in 3 overs while David Mario Periera took 2 wickets for 18 runs in 4 overs.
Ghana will meet Nigeria for the 3rd time but for the first time in this tournament tomorrow, April 24 at 1 pm after Gambia and Cameroon had begun the day’s matches at 9 am. Nigeria later in the day defeated Sierra Leone by 59 runs. The host, in the first innings, scored 148 runs for 4 wickets, whereas Sierra Leone managed 89 runs, all out in 18.1 overs.
Ghana plays 2 more matches, against Cameroon on Wednesday and then Sierra Leone on Friday, in the single round robin tourney. Top 4 teams will qualify for the semifinals on Saturday and then winners play finals on Sunday.
Ghana Cricket, who have had support from Africa World Airlines and Bethel Logistics, needs the continuous support from the government in their consistent dominance in Africa.