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Managing Expectations

PART ONE. On the eve of what is probably the most highly rated game in Nigeria's cricketing history. Definitely the most eagerly awaited and anticipated outing of any of our cricket teams, it is easy to get carried away, easy to get lost in the moment, to believe (not that there is anything wrong with...

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Data Analyst's Paradise - CricHeroes

Over rates and strike rates, bowling averages and fielding extras, runs scored during the power play overs and runs conceded at the death, runs scored against left-hand seamers vs number of dismissals when batting against spinners. A plethora of data points which, on their own, to the uninformed may seem meaningless. How do you connect...

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Interview with Endurance Ofem

One rainy Sunday evening, armed with my facemask and BNC sweatshirt, I set out purposefully, through the wet roads of Surulere. My task was simple. I was on my way to a meeting with one of the main men in Nigerian cricket for the last 20 years. A stalwart for the Yellow Greens as a...

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Your Life or Your Sport ?

There has been a lot of interesting news coming out of the heartbeat of the nation, Edo State. We are obviously referring to news about the 20th National Sports Festival which was postponed a few months ago and not the political brouhaha. There is now a strong indication that new dates are set to be...

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ORDER, REORDER

Patience, dominant straight bat, decent judgement...those are the qualities you need to makethe top order of any batting side anywhere in the world. Traditionally, you were taught to bepatient in the opening overs of the game, and open up gradually as the game went on.And as a tail-ender, all you need is to learn how...

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Musings of a Groundsman - In Dispirit of Cricket

There is reason why my sport is referred to as the gentleman's game-and it's not because it is played only by men. Honesty, respect for the individual (officials and opposition), are the mantra that the game hinges on-remove those, and the game is as good as those played by touts and hooligans. One of the...

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Musings of a Groundsman - Model Role Models

When I was growing up in cricket, I didn't have the opportunity to see so much of it on TV. Heck I didn't even know that cricket could be played with white all and colored strips. All I knew was red ball, white outfit. So you can imagine my shock when I saw, for the...

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ACUSN Conducts a One Day Successful Webinar

The Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers of Nigeria (ACUSN) under the guidance of theNigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) successfully hosted a Webinar that attracted lots of foreignparticipants.The 3 hour Webinar on Sunday, 7th June, 2020 was attended by Umpires, Scorers, Coaches,Players and lovers of the sport from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Namibia,Uganda, Rwanda,...

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The "New" Normal

Dear Reader, It has been a while, hasn't it? A lot has happened since you last heard from us. The World has gone through some difficult times, a global pandemic, lockdowns, and substantial loss of lives that has taken a toll on all of us mentally, economically and physically. We get the feeling that things...

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The Unending Cycle of Misdirection

Latest Yellow Green squad announcement has once again shown that cricket is not immune to the godfatherism that plagues many other spheres of our lives as a people. After 4 days of gruelling trials, a 14 man list has been released, comprising of 9 players from the trials to be joined by 4 of the youngsters...

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And The Ball Drops

Welcome to the new year. We have missed you.Since you last read from us, the Yellow Greens have competed at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Leke Oyede has gotten married, Biodun Abioye has been suspended for an illegal bowling action, Foundation Cricket Club have defied the presidential order of border closure...

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23rd HOWZAT National Junior Cricket Super League For Chief Philip Asiodu Trophy

The Howzat National Junior cricket league For Chief Philip ASIODU Trophy-organized by the Howzat Foundation for Cricket, concluded recently with Obele Community High School winning the maiden edition. The tournament is being played between secondary schools who automatically won the junior league in the 6 zones and forms part of the foundations well-structured developmental programme...

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Musings OF A GROUNDSMAN - CODE OF MISCONDUCT

In a society, there are unwritten rules. Codes that allow us as individuals to coexist. But as humans, there are times when codes may be violated, rules disobeyed and honour trampled on. However, in some certain circumstances, code violation may be excusable. Matters of life-and-death, for instance, will render any law, rule, regulation or agreement...

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PORTHARCOURT CRICKET LEAGUE FINAL

The much-anticipated PHCL final is here. After months of exciting, hard-fought group games. One of Benvic CC or Whales CC will be crowned champions of the 2019 PHCL season.Whatever the result, the NCF's aim of making cricket a dominant sport in Nigeria is gradually coming to fruition with various state leagues springing up around the ...

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GOOD NEWS - ABUJA CRICKET LEAGUE AND EDO WOMEN'S T20 LEAGUE

Aaaand we-re back After a brief hiatus, The Middle Stump has been knocked back in place and we are ready to play. We have news for you! The Edo Women's T20 League History will be made on the 16th of March 2019 when the Edo State Women's T20 League kicks off. A testament to the...

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