Imo wins 7th South-East cricket championship
*Anosike, Nwogu praise team for feat achieved
Anambra State Commissioner For Youth and Sports, Dr Uju Nwogu has congratulated all the participants of the 7th edition of South-East Cricket championship held at the Saint Paul University Cricket pitch in Awka, Anambra.
Dr Nwogu said the tournament disengaged the youths from social vices and help them to channel their strength in the right direction to the gain of cricket and sports in general.
Dr Nwogu thanked the sponsor of the championship, Barrister Chuma Anosike whose altruism has enlivened the game of cricket in the South-Eastern states adding that she would convey everything seen at the championship to the State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano promising that the state will throw its weight behind the game.
“The gains of cricket and sports in general to the development of youths as well as the economic and social-cultural development of our society cannot be over emphasised. It is indeed quite commendable that Anambra State is hosting this tournament for the record second time.
This goes to attest to the high, implicit value we place on sports development as a people and as a government.
“Barrister Ghuma Anosike’s indefatigable efforts has made the game of cricket to be known and embraced in the state. This is evident in the number of laurels and medals our athletes have won so far. The government of Chief Willie Obiano is committed to Youth and Sports development in the state.
“His Excellency is aware of your sacrifices in the development of cricket in the state. Let me assure you that the state government will surely partner with you for the development of this sports for the benefit of our youths” said Nwogu.
The sponsor of the championship, Barrister Chuma Anosike praised the two finalists for their superlative performance adding that in all games, a winner must emerge and encourage the players to look ahead of the future.
He said it can be arguably claimed that Anambra State is the “home of cricket” in the South-East zone having produced female and male Cricketers who have gone on to represent Nigeria at the senior level.
Barrister Anosike who praised Governor Obiano for recognising their efforts to face-lift cricket in the state also requested for the State’s assistance to help the state Cricket Association for a land where they can build a befitting Oval.
“I want to congratulate the two finalists and to let them know that they are both winners. In every final, there must be a winner to differentiate the real team at the top, the final match wasn’t a one sided match, it was a tough encounter.
“I am pleased to note that in spite of the difficult economic situation in the country, the game has continued to flourish in the zone with regular programmes and activities at school and the club level.
“I will like to thank Governor Obiano for his concern about sports and I am using this opportunity to appeal to our number one citizen to help our Association with land in order to build a cricket oval in the state” Said Anosike.
“Imo State Cricket team emerged the winner of 7th edition of the South-East Cricket championship tagged Chuma Anosike Cup when she defeated Anambra Cricket team 1 by 2 wickets.
Imo batted first and scored 113 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs.
Obidike Obiefuna had 39 runs off 35 balls, Okere Chike scored 27 runs off 12 balls in 24 minutes , Rickson Teteh got 19 runs off 19 balls in 98 minutes, Ogbue Prince 16 runs off 12 balls in 1: 7 minutes .
Anambra’s Chukwudi Mgbojikwe took 4 wickets in 4 overs, Adaogu Chisom caught 2 wickets in 3 overs, Emmanuel Ifediora, Ezeaguba Chijioke, Nnonka Frederick all took 1 wicket each.
In the second innings, Anambra, scored 97 runs all out in 19.4 overs, Obidike Obiefuna scored 35 runs off 40 balls in 50 minutes, Ifediora Emmanuel scored 15 runs off 20 balls in 1 hour 7 minutes.
Imo’s Onwunrili Nnaemeka took 4 wickets in 4 overs, Onwunrili Chukwudi had 3 wickets in 3 overs, Ogbue Prince took 3 wickets in 2.4 overs to landed Imo state in promised land for the first time.
Bagshaw Miebaka of Ebonyi state won the bowler of the series, fielder of the series, Pascal Okoye of Anambra, best batman of the series went to Onyenka Tabansi of Anambra , Wicket keeper of the series Ogbue Prince of Imo state, Douglas Humble of Ebonyi won cricketer of the series while Abia state won best behaved team.