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Edo State conquers South South to qualify for the National Sports Festival in both Male and Female Categories

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The National Sports Festival zonal eliminations took place across 5 geo-political zones in the country. Each zone is presented one male and one female team respectively in accordance with the guidelines of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development.

South East had earlier concluded their elimination series 1 week prior to this weekend. North West, North Central, South West, South –South all rounded up between 17th – 20th October.

MATCH REPORTS (MALE)

Day 1: Match 1: (DELTA vs AKWA IBOM)

Delta State won the toss and elected to bat first scoring a total of 101 runs all out in 14.4 overs.

In the second innings, Akwa Ibom could only manage a total of 38 runs all out in 16.5 overs

Delta State won by 63 Runs

FEMALE

Day 1: Match 2 (RIVERS STATE vs AKWA IBOM STATE)

Rivers Stat won the toss and elected to field first sending in Akwa Ibom to bat. Akwa Ibom scored a total of 59 runs all out after 14 overs.

In the second innings, Rivers State forced a chase but fell short of the required total scoring 50 runs all out in 13.5 overs.

Akwa Ibom State won by 9 runs

Day 1: Game 3 (DELTA STATE vs EDO STATE)

Edo State won the toss and elected to bat first scoring a total of 116 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.

Favor Isiegbe scored a brilliant 42 runs not out as the best performer for Edo State.

In the second innings, Delta state could only manage a total of 63 runs all out in 17.4 overs.

Edo State won by 53 runs

 

DAY 2: MATCH 4 (MALE)

EDO STATE VS RIVERS STATE

Edo State won the toss and elected to field first sending in Rivers State to bat. Rivers State scored a total of 85 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

In the second innings, Edo State struggled for a decent partnership and fell agonizingly short of the required total with a meager score of 31 runs all out in 10.1 overs.

Rivers State won by 54 runs

Day 2: Match 5 (FEMALE)

EDO STATE VS AKWA IBOM STATE

Akwa Ibom State won the toss and elected to field first sending in Edo State to bat. Edo State scored a total of 96 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.

In the second innings, Akwa Ibom put up a decent performance but could not come up with the required total scoring a total of 67 runs all out in 15.5 overs.

Edo State won by 29 runs and qualifies for the National Sports Festival in December.

Day 2: Match 6 (MALE)

RIVERS STATE vs DELTA STATE

Delta State won the toss and elected to bat first scoring a total of 145 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.

In the second innings, Rivers State could not withstand the bowling onslaught of delta and crumbled like a pack of cards managing a total of 87 runs all out in 17.5 overs

Delta State won by 58 runs and qualifies for the Festival proper in December

However, after a successful protest and appeal against Rivers State for fielding ineligible players, Edo and Delta State were scheduled to play in Abuja on the 9th of November to determine who takes the male slot for the festival proper.

 

ABUJA REPORT

The match took place at the Cricket oval, Package B’ National Stadium, Abuja. Delta State won the toss and elected to bat first scoring a total of 113 runs all out in 19.4 overs. Kelvin Agbonmwanegbe was superb with the ball taking 5 wickets in 4 overs, strongly supported by Peter Aho and Uhunamure Owen with 2 wickets respectively.

In the second innings, Edo State took Delta state to the cleaners with an excellent bating display by the opening partnership of Amanokhai Clement and Akhigbe Miracle producing a 60 runs. Edo state chased down the required total scoring 114 for the loss of 2 wickets in 15.3 overs

Amanokhai Clement 65 runs not out  supported by  Oghale Otuagoma 33 runs.

Edo State won by 8 wickets and also secures qualification for the Festival.

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