Nigeria senior national cricket team got off to a winning start at the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 6 last Saturday with an opening day victory over Vanuatu.
Nigeria defeated Vanuatu by six runs after batting 230 runs all out in 49.2 overs at Les Quennevais, St Brelade. Captain Adekunle Adegbola (44) and Segun Olayinka (34) topped the scorers’ chart for Nigeria in the close encounter.
Vanuatu captain, Andrew Mansale, led the way in Vanuatu’s run chase making 58, and Kalworai made an unbeaten 57, but it wasn’t enough as Oluseye Olympio’s 3-41 helped Nigeria to a slender victory.
Yesterday (Monday), the Nigerian senior cricketers stepped more on the gas pedal, notching up a big 111-run win over Kuwait at Grainville in St Saviour.
Having lost the toss, Nigeria batted first, posting an imposing total for the second time in this tournament, making 263-9 in their 50 overs. Dotun Olatunji (66) top-scored for Nigeria, while Ricky Sharma (47) and Adekunle Adegbola (44) made important contributions.
In reply, Kuwait never really looked like troubling Nigeria and were all out for 152 in 40.2 overs. Adegbola added to his early runs by taking 4-24 and Oluseye Olympio returned figures of 3-37.
Tuesday is rest day and matches will continue on Wednesday 24th, July. Nigeria will face hosts Jersey in a top-of-the-table clash at FB Fields.
Nigeria and Jersey currently top the table by four points apiece and are yet to lose a game. The WCL Division six batted off on July 21 in Jersey, an island off the coast of UK.