Saturday, July 02, 2022

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 the batting log with 77 runs behind last edition’s star Lucky Piety and Igbinedion Victory who had 112 runs and 80 runs respectively.

The 15-years-old was Player of the Match in the first group game against North East, claiming seven wickets against her opponent in the game.

She earned same award in the second game against North West, scoring an individual run of 53 runs in 51 balls faced as well as three wickets.

Agboya, who was introduced to the game two years ago, said she hopes to be part of the inaugural U-19 female cricket team.

"I am happy with the awards but am happier that all the trainings I have received so far is coming to bare in this tournament.

I told myself during the trials (ahead of the tournament) that I don’t just want to make the team and add to the numbers but to contribute my part to the team’s success.

I also hope to make the inaugural Under 19 female national team," she added.

Agboya’s coach, Peter Esewi, lauded the player’s contribution to the team while foreseeing her rise in the nearest future.

"She is ready to learn, and it is the same for all my players but Peculiar stands out. She is very curious and not afraid to try something out.

Her bowling and batting ability is top notch and when she bowls, her flight of ball delivery is perfect.

She will no doubt play in the National team and I see her going places n the nearest future," Esewi added.

South South team is currently top in group A after two victories and has qualified to the semi finals of the event.

They await the runners up in group B, which has North Central, South East and South West to determine opponents for the semi finals on Saturday.

The team are defending champions of the tournament which will end on Sunday.

Cricket Included in 2023 All Africa Games

Cricket has been included in Africa Games to be hosted by Ghana in June 2023 as the ICC Africa Team making a pitch for the inclusion of the game in the multi-sport event rounded up their visit to the Local Organising Committee came off with a positive nod last week.

The International Cricket Council, Africa Team included Patricia Karambani and Kuben Pillay and by the inclusion have won the game a new platform and the African cricket players a ground for expression.

Already women’s cricket has been confirmed for the Commonwealth Games of 2022, while there is increasing momentum for a return to The Olympics. The new England Cricket Board chair, Ian Watmore, is understood to be a keen advocate of such a move and will shortly be placed in charge of an ICC sub-committee with a remit to explore the possibilities. Cricket’s inclusion as early as 2028, when the Olympics return to Los Angeles, remains possible.


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