No More Quick Singles

Yesterday, we lost Tunde Elliot AKA “Baba Dealer” to the cold hands of death. I know many are still in disbelief. If you have been to the Tafawa Balewa Oval Square Cricket Oval more than once, then you know him. Dealer is synonymous with TBS  and the ground may never be the same again without him. With Dealer at TBS, every cricketer had a parking spot reserved irrespective of the event taking place. He knew everyone and would always advise which car to park behind...

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Silly Point - Congratulations Are In Order

As a competitor, I should not typically be heralding the success of my rivals. But I am first a cricket lover and I appreciate good team cricket when I see one. Unless a miracle happens, Ibeju Lekki 1 will again win the Club Cricket Committee (CCC) league this year. It is easy to say that Ibeju Lekki 1 has the best team and therefore should win the league, but having played cricket for so long, it is important to give Ibeju their deserved flowers as their ...

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April in Review

To some, it is no longer news. To some others, it is still a reality they are unwilling to accept. The head coach of the national men's side, Asanka Gurusinha has handed in his resignation and will be leaving the country in the next few weeks. Welcome again to a new month and May the good things packed in the month locate us all. See what we did there? Anyway...while we are still grappling with the idea that our Sri Lankan has gone back to his base in Australia...

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Players are Nigeria's biggest assets - Asanka

The last couple of years has been very busy for the Nigeria Cricket Federation. With landmark activities that are presently reshaping how the sport is being perceived, its growth and eventually its future. One of such key points is the hiring of Asanka Gurusinha as the National Coach and the High-Performance Manager for the country. His appointment in December 2020, during the pandemic, came in the midst of some other high moments and so not much attention was...

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Asanka Exclusive Resignation Interview

When the news broke that the National Head Coach and High-Performance Manager, Asanka Gurusinha had resigned due to health reasons, fans, players, and all lovers of cricket in Nigeria were thrown into a state of frenzy. On one hand, we worried about losing a man that had begun to lay the foundations of a professional level of cricket and on the other hand, we worried about his well-being. TheMiddleStump got a chance to speak to Asanka for an hour during the week....

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Promising Future Awaits Women’s Cricket in Africa

The adjectives; electrifying, nerve-racking, scintillating, and exhilarating barely describe the events of that afternoon in April. Seven runs to win. Six balls left and eighteen-year-old Miracle Imimole was handed the ball. Her debut for the Nigerian team was in 2021 against Rwanda at the Kwibuka tournament in Kigali and now, the teenager was set to face Rwanda’s Giselle Ishimwe, in a dicey last over. Ishimwe 52(46) had helped propel the East Africans to 111 runs...

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What do England and Nigeria have in common?

No, this has nothing to do with colonialism. We’ll help you. The female cricket teams of both nations lost in final matches to their fiercest rivals over the past month. As the ladies from down under were celebrating a 7th World Cup victory, so were the ladies from the land of a thousand hills celebrating their hard-fought victory at the Nigeria Cricket Federation’s Women’s T20I Invitational Tournament. For an entire week from the 28th of March, the Tafawa Balewa Square...

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Phantom Wars and the Colorful Cricket Party in Lagos

Hardly will you find the words ‘war’ and ‘party’ in the same sentence…but here we are presenting both to you in just the title alone. The war was not unexpected neither was the party and so the mix of both had been playing in the minds of many stakeholders and has been a topic of discussion among many people across the various strata in the cricket communities all over the continent. For 8 awesome days, their attention was turned to Lagos where the best of female cricket...

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March In Review

Welcome to a new month and the second quarter of the year. It has been an eventful year so far and these events keep tumbling in one after the other. Just as we were recovering from the breathtaking events of the previous month, March was ready to encapsulate us with its own. The last time we discussed, we shared 'ongoings' in the leagues around the nation.  With leagues all over the country concluded but the CCC league in Lagos, many States have gone back...

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Nigeria Defeats Ghana, Takes on Rwanda in Women T20i Cricket

The Nigeria Women’s team at the ongoing Nigeria Cricket Federation T20i Invitational in Lagos overran the Ghanaian Women’s team for a third straight victory in the weeklong tournament at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos. Ghana had won the toss and elected to bat only to be limited to 58 runs in 20 overs for the loss of eight wickets. The Nigerian Women’s team needed only 9.5 overs to drown the Ghanaian hope with 15-year-old Lilian Ude scoring...

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Nigeria, Ghana in Epic Semi-Final Duel At Women T20I Tourney

With two victories in the bag, Nigeria will resume the Nigeria Cricket Federation Women’s T20I Invitational Cricket title chase on Friday, April 1, 2022, with an all-important victory against Ghana’s Women’s Cricket team. The Ghanaian Women, locked down their first win on Wednesday afternoon running roughshod over Gambia, leaving them with a 104-runs deficit. Their first two matches with Rwanda and Sierra Leone earlier in the week had left them with defeats....

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Nigeria Claims 41-Run Victory Over Sierra Leone at Women T20I

A half-century by Nigeria’s Salome Sunday was instrumental to Nigeria’s 41 runs victory against West African rivals Sierra Leone at the Access Bank Sponsored NCF Women’s T20i Invitational in Lagos. The match was the second match of the opening day of the five-nation event that bowled off at the newly renovated Tafawa Balewa Square. Rwanda had earlier knocked Ghana’s Women Team to an 85 runs victory in the opening match at the event. The Nigeria Cricket Federation...

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Access Bank Backs Women’s T20 Invitational

Nigeria’s leading bank, Access Bank PLC has thrown its weight behind the NCF Women’s T20I Invitational that starts at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Cricket Oval on March 28, 2022, in Lagos. Uyi Akpata, President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation said the partnership means a lot to the vision of the Federation and will help drive the inclusion goal for the female gender to a new height in the sport. “We are glad that a brand like Access Bank finds what we are doing as a good avenue...

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Nigeria Tackles Sierra Leone in T20I Opening Duel

The first ball of the Nigeria Women T20I Invitational Tournament will be bowled at 9:30 am on Monday 28th January in the opening fixture between Sierra Leone and host, Nigeria. The West African derby is a familiar feud amongst Cricket stakeholders and fans albeit Nigeria took the upper hand in their recent meetings. Most recently, the duo met at the ICC Women’s T20 World Africa Qualifier in Botswana in September 2021, with the Female Yellow Greens, claiming a five-wicket victory....

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Ding Dong - Ready Bells Ringing

A few years ago, it was only a dream but now, it’s a beautiful reality. Many of us remember when Nigeria's only representatives to world cricket were in the male category alone. Nigeria's flag is now flying really high in continental ranking when it comes to female cricket. The game has grown (overall) in leaps and bounds but it is in the female category that our rise has been more phenomenal in recent times. In less than 48 hours, the very first ball of the T20i...

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We are Ready to Host Women T20I Cricket, Akpata Says

The President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata has said that all is now set to host the maiden Women’s Invitational T20I Tournament at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos from Monday, March 28, 2022. According to Uyi, “We have just a few days to the official opening event and we have most of our boxes ticked. The ground is taking very good shape and the necessary accessories needed for the full running of an event of this magnitude are almost fully in place....

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Women's Cricket Takes Centrestage

The 8th of March is significant for the celebration of International Women’s Day, a celebration that carries on for the entire month. Symbolically, somewhere in the eastern hemisphere, the cream of the crop are currently slogging it out to see who will wrest the most envied crown in world women's cricket away from current champions England. The ICC Women's World Cup in New Zealand showcases not only the best female cricketers in the universe...

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NCF President Donates Kits To Unilag’s NUGA Cricket Team

The University of Lagos Cricket Team got a boost to chase gold medals at the forthcoming Nigeria University Games (NUGA), on Tuesday when President of the Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata, (also an Alumni), donated kits to the team. The presentation of the kits was done at the UNILAG Cricket Oval on, March 15, 2022, and it included batting pads, batting gloves, and cricket bats. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr. Akpata who also doubles as the Chairman of...

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Nigeria’s Captain Etim, Banks on Teamwork Ahead Women T20

Blessing Etim, captain of Nigeria’s senior women's cricket team, said good communication with her teammates has been effective in overcoming challenges faced by the team. Etim said this ahead of the forthcoming six-nation Women’s T20 Invitational in Lagos, with the team expected to feature a blend of experienced and young players for the event. A total of 18 players returned to camo in Lagos today Monday, March 14th for the final camping phase ahead of the Invitational....

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Cricket Federation Appoints Injured Captain

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has appointed Samantha Agazuma, injured former captain of the Senior Women’s Cricket Team as its team manager. The appointment made public by the General Manager of the Federation, Emeka Igwilo on Sunday, is part of the changes the body is ringing around restructuring the national team and more importantly involving women in the administration of the game. “In line with the ICC's guidelines of encouraging women to take up administrative ...

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Women’s T20 Cricket is a Litmus Test for Nigerian Team - Obalola

Vice-President and facility sub-committee Chairman of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Oyewole Obalola, has said that the newly upgraded Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Turf in Lagos will be a good test for the female national team when the 6-nation invitational tournament gets underway later in the month. According to Obalola, “The campaign to have better Cricket playing facility is one of the cardinal goals of Federation and, we are glad that our prime facility, the...

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Nigeria Announces Six-Nation Women’s T20I Cricket Tournament in Lagos

The Nigeria Cricket Federation has announced a six-nation T20 International Cricket Tournament holding from March 26th to April 4th, 2022 at the newly resurfaced Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos. President of the Federation, Uyi Akpata said that the event will feature Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Cameroon along with the host country Nigeria. “Our female national team has been one of the most improved of all our national teams in the...

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February In Review

We thought January was fast. We had barely dropped the pen to catch our breath and February had zoomed past. Where did it go? Well, we will tell you. Remember the events of last month? Get the summary from our review of January for a better understanding of this. The last time we spoke about the Edo League, U-17 CC was being chased by AAU, Dolphins, and No Limit. The chase culminated in a 2-day ESCA Super Four at the splendid Edo Boys High School Oval in Benin....

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South-South Wins a Double at U-17 Cricket

Both Male and Female teams representing the South-South region at the 3rd PwC National Cricket Championship won their categories to emerge double champion at the event. The South-South boys ran over the South-East boys by 41 to checkmate their bowling attack that was led by Udekwe Chiemelie. Representative of Sponsor of the Championship, Tolu Adeleke, says the performances demonstrated in the five days finals of the event at the MKO Abiola Stadium Abuja...

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National Cricket Coach, Asanka Delights in talent pool

National cricket coach and High-Performance Manager, Ashanka Gurusinha, said on Sunday that the pool of players in the country at the moment is a guarantee for the future of the sport. Gurusinha, who spoke at the final of the 3rd PwC National U-17 Cricket Championship in Abuja, said the last three years have been rewarding for the talent discovery mission of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF)."I want to say that the discovery of talent has ...

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Agboya is Girls’ MVP at 3rd PwC U17 Championship Abuja

Peculiar Agboya, a member of the winning South-South female team has emerged the Most Valuable Player at the just concluded 3rd PwC National Under 17 Cricket Championship at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja. She accumbered 33.422 points being the average of her bowling and batting during the four matches that won the female championship for her team. Agboya, had sixteen wickets in four innings with an economy of 1.88 and was the third on ...

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Cricket Will Take Kids Off the Street - Akpata

The President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Mr. Uyi Akpata, has said that one of the goals of his team when fully implemented will help in reducing the number out of school children and create employment opportunities. Akpata made the statement at the ongoing 3rd PricewaterhouseCoopers National Under 17 Cricket Championship at MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.“This event is part of the five-pronged strategic imperatives that the NCF is building...

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Salako Rings Changes Ahead of PwC U-17 Championships

Within the last twelve months that the last edition of the PwC National U-17 Championship was concluded at the Edo Boys High School in Benin, one of the players that campaigned for the South West, Ridwan Abdulkareem has had a national cap with the Senior national team. And so, the head coach of the present South West team, Azeez Salako says that his team for 2022 would be parading more talents in the mold or Ridwan when hostilities get underway in Abuja next week....

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Edo Cricket League Advances to Super Four

The 2021-22 season of the Edo Cricket League has moved into the crucial stage as the top four teams are set for Super Four this weekend February 12th and 13th at Edo Boys High School in Benin City. The four teams battling for the Seasons honor include defending champions of the League U17 Cricket Club who currently are roping the table and Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Cricket Club. The others are No Limit that parades national team bowling sensations...

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North Central Female Team Confident Ahead of NCF/PwC Tournament

The third edition of the PwC/NCF Under 17 national cricket tournament will be nothing sort of excitement, great cricket, and an array of new talents. The past year has been instrumental to the development of female cricket in the country and a zone like the North- Central is not short of improvement. Of the seven states, including FCT, that make up the zone, Kwara and Kogi have maintained a healthy rivalry as they go toe to toe in the development of female cricket...

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Club Cricket Resumes on Refurbished TBS Cricket Oval in Lagos

Cricket action resumed over the weekend at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos as the division one sides of the Club Cricket Committee League in Lagos took turns to eke ranking point. After early morning rain disrupted Saturday schedules at the over 100 years turf, It was Rising Stars encounter with Government College Ibadan (GCI) Cricket Club that launched the ten strips back to life on Sunday. President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata...

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PwC, Youth Engagement and Cricket Intervention

Nigeria’s growing population leaves a yawning gap in the active engagement of school-age kids which is presently put at 42.54 percent of the estimated 214million population ( This demography of Nigeria’s population is largely dependent and being not self-sustenance has a huge economic import and transit to teenage and adulthood without tangible skill set. This demography of Nigeria’s population is largely dependent ...

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PwC National U-17 Cricket Championship Hots-up

The Regional Qualifiers for the 2022 PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC) National Under 17 Cricket Championship got underway last Saturday, January 29, 2022, with close to 800 kids on parade across six centers. The Championship, run by the Nigeria Cricket Federation has its highest number of entrants this year with 31 states entering male teams while 25 female teams participated. President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi AKpata, said the event has ...

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Musings of A Groundsman - Facelift In Phases

In the last few years, the development and improvements that cricket has seen in this country have been in leaps and bounds. It's almost overwhelming to see the kind of progress that has been established in such a relatively short time. Even with the challenges the pandemic brought with it, cricket development did not seem to suffer much. The latest ground to join in the line of turf pitches in Nigeria is the Tafawa Balewa Square Lagos. The 10-strip pitch...

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Five Star Obulor Shines at Female Cricket League Opener in Edo

Immediate past Assistant Captain of the Female National Cricket Team, Agatha Obulor gave a command performance at the opening match of the 2022 season of the Edo Female Cricket League at the Edo Boys High School, in Benin City over the weekend. Leading Idia Royals Cricket Club, she left no one in doubt of her quality from the first ball, as she knocked down 68 runs of the 149 that her team chalked for the loss of two wickets in the first inning of the 20 overs game....

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Revamped TBS Cricket Oval Commisioned in Lagos

Former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode joined professor Osato Giwa-Osagie on Sunday, January 16, for the commissioning of the turf wicket of the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval in Lagos. The TBS Oval, the nation’s traditional home of cricket has been shut for 18 months for the upgrade from concrete bowling strips to grass which has been one of the challenges for the development of the sport. Professor Osato Giwa-Osagie. While commissioning...

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TBS Cricket Oval - Back and Better

After 16 months (1year and 4 months) of serious renovation work, the famous Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval (TBS) would be re-opened officially for cricket activities on Sunday, January 16, 2022. The official re-opening of Turf Wicket at the TBS Oval has lots of activities lined up for that day, including An Elite T20 Game between selected players from the Honorable Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu Club Cricket Committee League trying out for size some Ex-Cricket...

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Meet the Winners - TMS EOY Awards 2021

Compliments of the season from us and ours, to you and yours. This year has taken a lot of getting used to. Almost everything around us has changed in some sort of way. How we work, communicate, travel, do business and even play. One thing though, that has remained is your love and support for us. We do not take it for granted; and in addition to our appreciation, we are pledging a renewed commitment to you. It is in the spirit of the commitment that we have...

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