Anglican basic School Boys Cricket team and United MA Girls have been crowned winners of the Volta Cricket School’s U-12 League after defeating Mawuli basic and Ho Kpodzi D basic respectively in the final played at the Ho Sports Stadium on Saturday, April 6, 2019.
The over ten weeks 15 over league which started on January 19, successfully wrapped up with Anglican and United MA lifting the coveted trophies.
Anglican after topping their group A with 6 points won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 53 runs for 3 wickets, with a partnership between Sampele Richmond and Dzata Caleb accruing 25 runs, (15runs off 8 balls and 10 runs off 10 balls respectively).
Mawuli in the second innings managed 49runs for 9 wickets, with Dogbey Alex being the only player to score a double figure, 13 runs off 12 balls. Anglican won by 4 runs as their opponents relaxed, trying to protect their wickets, with Sampele Richmond and Dzata Caleb taking 3 wickets and giving away 4 runs each in 3 and 2 overs respectively.
In the Girls final, United MA scored 82 runs for 3 wickets in 4 overs, of which Amakoe Gloria scored 26 runs off 9 balls after United won the toss. Ho Kpodzi were pressured as they could only manage 76 runs for 2 wickets and United won by 6 runs. Hotor Sackey was impressive but couldn’t save her team she was bowled in 9th wicket after scoring 23 runs off 13 balls for Ho Kpodzi.
Coach of Ho Kpodzi, Mawuli Emmanuel Afiademenyo who was certain about winning congratulated United but was disappointed in the application of skills used by their opponents.
“I will congratulate my opponents for winning. The performance of my girls was good and I appreciate. We couldn’t bat because of the bowling skills used by our opponents. The scorers at a point had to call on the umpires to check the bowlers but it continued. We will stick to teaching the kids the right thing and will not devise any form of strategy to help us win. On the whole, it was a good game and we’ve as well learnt from our mistakes.”
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Volta Cricket Association says, it is a good start for them and they will improve in the next league. He also appreciated the efforts of all members in ensuring the league went on well from execution to completion.
The finals saw in attendance, Director of National Sports Authority, Volta, Kwame Amponfi Jnr, who presented the boy’s trophy to Anglican. Also in attendance was the Municipal P.E Coordinator, Walter Krokroko who also presented the girl’s trophy to United MA.
Officials from the Ghana Cricket Association, sponsors of the regional league include Cricket Operations Officer, Henry Benjamin Ackom, Development Officers, Lawrence Ahadzi and Prince Eugene King as well as Secretary, Bernard Essuman.
Volta Cricket Association will work on getting the league to be an annual event in a way to keep spreading the sport in the region. There are plans as well to visit other districts in the region to introduce the sport.