May 19, 2011

Africa

Nigeria win Africa Division Two T20 tournament

Liam Brickhill
Batsman Sean Phillips was Nigeria's star performer, ICC Africa World Cricket League T20 Division Two, May 19 2011
Batsman Sean Phillips was Nigeria's best player in the tournament  © International Cricket Council
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A dominant Nigeria prevailed in the ICC Africa World Cricket League T20 Division Two tournament in Johannesburg, defeating Tanzania in their final game to top with tables with 14 points from seven victories.

Yet again batsman Sean Phillips was the star performer for Nigeria, racing to an unbeaten 80 as his team reached 150 for 6. His knock means he ends the tournament with 446 runs, including two centuries, at an average of 148. Tanzania’s batsmen made a fist of their chase but fell just short, reaching 144 for 4 before they ran out of overs.

Nigeria and Ghana, who finished in second position with 12 points and ahead of Botswana on net run-rate, will now proceed to the Division One Twenty20 tournament, which is scheduled to be held in Entebbe, Uganda in July this year.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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Posted by pabitra Panja on (June 25, 2011, 12:30 GMT)

Batsman Sean Phillips congratulation for your excellent performance Pabitra

Posted by Cricket Fan on (June 15, 2011, 1:44 GMT)

Nigeria won Division2 but it will be never easy for them now in Division1 against top teams like Kenya Namibia Uganda etc. There are 2 slots for African Country in T20 qualifier.If Nigeria do this, that will be a great achievment.

Posted by Toyesh on (May 27, 2011, 8:23 GMT)

Great job Sean and captain Endurance. I am proud of your achievements. Keep making Nigeria proud! I want to see you guys in the world cup...

Posted by AJ on (May 26, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

@ Farhan,

Just to let you know, Botswana had 10 Motswana's out of the 14 selected to represent the nation so I would not consider that FULLY EXPAT as you put it.

Yes credit to Nigeria, but they had 2 expats in the team so they were not fully local.

Ghana was fully indigenous to my knowledge which is a great accomplishment on their behalf and Tanzania and Sierra Leone too were fully local and the only 3 teams that were.

Mozambique had 5 Indigenous Mozambicans in their squad which is a great effort seeing that cricket was never a massive sport there.

Please, do some research before you have a go at the teams that participated in the tournament.

Posted by sangam on (May 23, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

good such teams r doin well jst hope cricket becomes a global sport atleats 20 competitive teams should b there & T20 is the only way to popularize the game

Posted by farhan on (May 22, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

good to see teams like Nigeria and Ghana going up instead of teams full of expats good news fro cricket .that is is spreading among indigenous people of Africa .Glad that Teams like Botswana And MOZAMBIQUE not making to latter stages.

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