Cricket: Ghana loses opening match to Nigeria

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The Ghana cricket team

Ghana’s cricket team on Sunday, August 19 failed to pick the first two points in Group B against West African neighbours Nigeria, at the Africa Division 2 U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers currently underway in South Africa.

Playing on Senwes Park 1 in Potchefstroom, Ghana won the toss and opted to bat first.

However, Nigeria went on to score a remarkable 291 runs, all out in 49.5 overs in the first innings.

Ghana could only manage 26 runs, all out in 14.4 overs, a score which saw Nigeria winning by 265runs.

Ghana's Mills Yaotse took three wickets for 50 runs in 7.5 overs, while Richmond Baaleri also took three wickets for 52 runs in 10 overs.

Team Manager of Ghana, Henry Benjamin Ackom admitted his side had a bad day promising to go back to the drawing board to fix the broken pieces.

“Cricket is a game with surprises. We just had a bad day. Nigeria came in very strong. A little of inexperience counted on our part as well, but I believe in these boys.

They have what it takes to make it. We beat Nigeria in a similar fashion back in 2016, so we are not worried," he said in an interview.

In the other Group B game, Mozambique won 245 runs after a 306-10 in 48.2 over and 61-10 in 16 overs results against Lesotho.

Group A had Rwanda beating Swaziland by 102 runs, while Tanzania defeated Botswana by 27 runs.

The 50 over tournament will see two top three countries qualify to Division 1.