South-South Team emerge winner of the second edition of the Under-17 Boys Cricket National Championship sponsored by PwC.
Having recorded 93 runs in a tight 40 over finals match, the North-west team seemed set for a defence of the title they won last year in Abuja until the second innings when the bowling firepower of the South-south team came to the fore.
Coach Theophilus Adolphus Ibodeme, who led the winning team, said:
“We are very happy to be the winning team, it did not come easy, our boys deserved it and worked really hard for it.”
They halted the North-west team at 57 all out.
President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Professor Yahaya Ukwenya, said:
“We had these teenagers display high level of performance at every point in this championship which is a nice feedback for us at the kind of work being done at different regions.
Some players have shone at this event and will get a chance to prove themselves at the National U-19 camp when it opens ahead of the World Cup qualifiers that we are hosting later in the year.”
Tolulope Adeleke, who represented PwC at the event said that his company’s partnership with Nigeria Cricket Federation was an expression of shared value of team work, integrity and professionalism.
The Under-17 Boys Cricket National Championship was run in the regions where states competed and winners emerged and raised a regional team that had players from competing states.