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Rocks Cricket Club of Abeokuta has won the maiden edition of the GTA 20/20 tournament. The champions defeated Foundation Cricket Club of Lagos on Sunday, April 27 at Lagos’s TBS Cricket Oval by 23 runs to clinch the trophy.
Foundation won the toss and elected to put in Rocks CC to bat. The Olumo Boys scored 143 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. The duo of Joshua Ogunlola (47*) and Kunle Adegbola (57*) played disciplined innings to take their team to the target of 143 runs. Foundation Cricket Club put up a good fight but the bowling mix of the Adegbola brothers, supported by Joshua Ogunlola ensured that Foundation was restricted to 123 for 7 in 20 overs. Niyi Adegbola (Rocks) took 3 for 17 while his brother Kunle Adegbola took 2 for 29.
Kunle Adegola was awarded Man of the Match. He was also awarded Cricketer of the series with $1,000.00 in the bank for his outstanding performance. Other recipients were Austin Areghan (Pioneers CC), Bowler of the series, Denis Ogunkoya (FCC), Fieldsman of the series, Jai Changrani (Lagos Indians CC), Wicket Keeper of the series and Femi Oduyebo (FCC), Batsman of the series.
George Wiltshire, chairman of the Lagos State Cricket Association, said that he was “certain that in some few years to come, Nigeria will be at the international stage playing Twenty20 series and the GTA will always serve as the platform for selecting the national team players”.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.