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From Kigali, with Roses and Thorns

It’s been over a week since we got back home from the regional T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda, where The Cranes of Uganda picked up the sole ticket on offer. It was a good tournament all around. Well organized by the RCA, keenly contested games, amazing pitches, and great weather for the most part. It was great entertainment for the neutrals…but we are not neutrals. Nigeria fans trooped into Kigali in their numbers to support the Yellow Greens....

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Musings of A Groundsman - Speed Kills

Sanath saw the future. Years before the first-ever T20 ball was bowled in county cricket in 2003, Sanath had fashioned a new tactic that has stayed relevant to date. So flawless was this approach, he led Sri Lanka to a World Cup triumph in 1996 without losing a game. Many batters, indeed, nations have since fashioned styles after him and the batting game has not remained the same. T20 is the shortest format in international cricket. It means you have ONLY 120 balls...

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ICC T20 QUALIFIER: NIGERIA BOWLER ABOLARIN OUT; MOHAMMED NAMED AS REPLACEMENT

Nigeria’s opening bowler Rasheed Abolarin has been ruled out of the Regional Final ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier billed for Rwanda from Wednesday, November 17 to Sunday, November 2021 due to a knee injury. The Lagos Asians Cricket Club player picked up a knee injury which has ruled him out of the tournament and his position is now taken by left-arm bowler Taiwo Mohammed, who is making a return to the team. According to National Coach and High ...

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The Storm Before The Calm?

...yes, you read the title right. When the team to face West African neighbors Sierra Leone was announced, many of us were sure that this was the team that would step out to defend Nigeria’s honor in the ICC Men’s T20WC Africa Qualifier.  We thought that the 6-match T20I series was a chance to give the boys some match practice while racking up a few ranking points. We can pretty much check those boxes as done. After all, 5 wins out of 6...

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Lagos Cricket Stakeholders Women's T20 - Beyond Expectation

More than we promised, the Lagos Cricket Stakeholders Women's T20 delivered beyond the expectations of everyone. Starting with a bang and ending in fireworks, Lagos State once again underlined her excellence when it comes to delivery of style and flair. All the matches were live-streamed on YouTube for the viewing pleasure of cricket lovers both home and abroad, there was an abundance of representatives from various print media houses, and two notable TV stations - TVC and Tiwantiwa TV...

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LAGOS CRICKETSTAKE HOLDERS FEMALE T20 FINAL: Team Ibeju Lekki vs Lagos Island

The maiden edition of Lagos cricket stakeholders female t20 is about to come to an end as Ibeju-Lekki Cricket Club and Lagos Island Cricket Club make it to the finals leaving out team Epe and team Ikeja to battle for 3rd place. Sunday afternoon's Lagos Cricket Female T20 clash between Ibeju Lekki CC and Lagos Island will be the most talked-about Female T20 final this year. This will be the first time the Team Lagos Female side will be playing ...

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Nigeria’s Cricket Team is on the Right Path- Asanka

Head Coach and High-Performance Manager of Nigeria's Cricket Team, Asanka Gurusinha, has said the series of defeats that the national male team has undergone in the ongoing Pearl of Africa T20 series in Uganda is good for the team. The Sri-Lankan former Cricket World Cup winner said this as the team rounded up preparation to engage Kenya and Uganda in the last two final matches of the ongoing tournament on Tuesday. “They are living up to our expectations....

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The Cranes doing the double over the Yellow Greens

If you are a Nigerian, a cricket lover, and a frequent reader of our blog it won’t be news to you that both the senior Female and Male national teams are out of the country flying the nation’s flag. The women seek a spot at the ICC women’s T20 world cup while the men hope to shave off the rust, and sharpen their skills while learning in the process as they prepare for the ICC men T20 world cup qualifiers in October by participating in the Pearl of Africa T20I series...

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Nigeria Brushes Sierra Leone in Cricket W/C Qualifier

Nigeria women's Cricket team began her ICC T20 Women's World Cup Qualification Campaign on a sound note with a 5 wickets victory over West Africa rivals Sierra Leone in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday. Sierra Leone had won the toss and elected to bat first in the opening game of group B at the ICC T20 qualifying event. Opening bowling pair for Nigeria Abdulquadri Taiwo and Efosa Joy bowled decently with the latter getting the 1st wicket...

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ICC Women's T20 World Cup Africia Qualifiers - Nigeria in the Spot Light

Excitements trickle down my spine as a cricketer and as a Nigerian, an associate cricketing nation as international cricket action is upon us. We step into the spotlight this time in Botswana, host of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers, 2021. The qualifier matches will be played as a Women's Twenty20 International (WT20I), the shortest form of women's international cricket. Nigeria and 10 other cricketing nations will slog it out...

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Musings of A Groundsman - Tigers' Tigritude

If like me, you've been trying to catch up on all the cricket we've missed out on, then you should have been following all the cricket going on presently. The first test of the series between England and India just ended in a draw, Australia is touring Bangladesh ahead of the World T20 and of course, the latest baby in cricket: The Hundred. The biggest thing on TV now is happening across England and that is The Hundred...

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Lagos Tackles Kaduna in Men’s Championship Semis

The on-going National Men’s Cricket Championship has entered a feverish pitch as Semi-Final Matches get underway with battle line draws between Lagos and Kaduna on Monday in Benin.Both teams boast truckloads of players with national caps under their belt and are both nursing sores from their last match defeats in the preliminaries. The uncanny similarity in the matches they both lost was that it happened in the last over....

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It’s going to be a spectacle

Absolutely bonkers when the country’s finest line up against each other in a feast of cricket and we are here for the fireworks. To think that we will have two high-level competitions within one week or so of each other is just amazing. We are well on the way to making up for the lost time. The last time I felt anywhere near this level of excitement feels like a lifetime ago. Thankfully, we have come out of the doldrums. Shoutout to all the companies...

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Pool B Semi Finalists Emerge With One Match to Spare

Both Kaduna and Oyo States have registered themselves in the Semi-final of the on-going National Men’s Cricket Championship after they each pick maximum points available in the two matches they have featured in so far. Kaduna extended their batting might over Ebonyi with 83 runs while Oyo dumped Rivers in 8.1 Overs having knocked off their wickets 66 runs in the first innings of the twenty Overs game. The two winning sides will square off...

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Kaduna and Oyo Register Victories as Pool B Matches Resume

The 2021 National Men's Cricket Championship entered its second phase in Benin today as Kaduna and Oyo states drew closer to picking the remaining two Semi-final slots at the ten-day event. Lagos and Edo had picked the first two Semifinals tickets. Kaduna, a powerhouse of the game in the country overran Rivers in their opening match earlier today with nine runs to make an early statement.The team featuring one of Nigeria's finest bowler, Isaac Okpe...

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Cricket: Lagos, Edo Qualify for Men's Championship Semis

Lagos and Edo States served a nail-biting duel in the closing match of Pool A at the National Men's Championship in Benin City. The host state humbled the star-studded Lagos team with 4 runs.Despite the Loss, Lagos still topped the group leaving Edo to second place, while dashing the hopes of Anambra who had earlier in the day shoved Kwara aside hoping to ride on Edo's defeat to the Semis. Uthe Ogbimi, national under 19 Coach who is also working closely...

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Cricket: National Men’s Championship Gets Underway in Benin, Monday

Eight teams will be on parade from Monday, March 22nd to 31st, 2021 when Umpire calls play for the National Cricket Men’s Championship at the Edo Boys High School, Cricket High-Performance Center in Benin City, Edo State. Yahaya, Ukwenya, President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation said the 10-day Championship is a key event on the Federation’s Calendar given the weight of international commitments that the country is committed to...

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T20 Cricket: A Fiery Furnace

T20 cricket is a short game but long in suspense, drama and pressure. The game to all intents and purposes is a Pressure game and played in a Pressure - Cooker environment. It is a game that is merciless, exacting, brutal and takes no prisoners. Demanding all in terms of spirit, soul and body, it is ultra-competitive and akin to Gladiators in a medieval Roman Amphitheater. It is an admixture of blood, sweat and fire. The players...

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Musings of a Groundsman - STILL

You can breathe now. The Indian Premier League has come to an exciting end. It delivered as much as it promised and even gave us more than we asked for. All we looked forward to was good cricket mixed with a bit of some excitement, considering the fact that boisterous IPL crowd would be watching from home, ...

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Musings of a Groundsman - Cricket Interlude

Let me take your minds away from the Indian Premier League for a moment. Many people don't know, but there's an internal series going on currently in faraway Rawalpindi. Pakistan is still enjoying their return to hosting cricket matches in their country as they welcome Zimbabwe for a tour of 3-match ODI and T20 series....

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Musings of a Groundsman - Dreams Of The Dream11

Somebody pinch me, please! No, don't pinch me. Get a pin instead. Now prick me with it. Prick me hard. I cannot believe what I saw last night in Dubai. The last time I shared my thoughts, I said that this edition still holds much more drama for us. I was willing to bet on it (with the money I don't have) that we will witness a few more scores of 200+ before we reach the halfway point....

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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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