Nigeria and Sierra Leone set for final showdown
The North-West Africa Championship is currently being played in Nigeria, and the home side are set for a title showdown against Sierra Leone in tomorrow's final match.
The tournament was hit by the withdrawals of Morocco and Cameroon, but the remaining five teams have provided us with some interesting, if a little uncompetitive in the case of Mali, cricket.
Nigeria got the tournament started with a 278 run win over the Gambia, during which Endurance Ofem scored the tournament's only century so far with 111 in Nigeria's total of 365/7. Sierra Leone started the following day with their most competitive match, a 48 run win over Ghana.
Ghana continued on the third day with a 201 run win over the Gambia, but went back to losing ways with a 144 run defeat to Nigeria on Day Four after Thomas Haruna took 5/15. Mali played their first match the same day, losing heavily to Sierra Leone, who scored 391/6 before bowling Mali out for just twelve. Lansana Lamin took seven wickets for just four runs in that match.
Mali fell to a heavy defeat again on Day Five with a nine wicket defeat by Ghana, who had bowled out Mali for 24. The other match on that day saw Sierra Leone beat the Gambia by 157 runs. The next day the Gambia would provide Mali with their highest total of the tournament, 151 in 42 overs, but they still lost by 8 wickets after the Gambia chased down their target in 22 overs.
In today's penultimate group game Nigeria bowled Mali out for just 15, Agbonwanegbe and Onwuzulike both taking five wickets each. They then knocked off the runs in 21 deliveries. They will now play Sierra Leone in tomorrow's final group game, which will decide the tournament.