Cricket: Nigeria defeat Sierra Leone in the opener with five wickets

Team Nigeria won their first game in the Women’s International Cricket Council’s ongoing T20 World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone in Gaborone

Nigeria beat their West African rivals with five wickets in the game played at the Botswana Cricket Oval on Thursday.

Sierra Leone won the throw and decided to hit first.

The team’s best performance in Aminata Kamara with 28 runs in 36 balls was not enough for the team, as they were satisfied with 102 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets.

Nigeria chased their opponents in the second innings, scoring 103 runs in 16 overs for losing five wickets.

Nigeria’s captain Blessing Etim, who was declared “Man of the Match” with her 27 runs in 31 balls, including two boundary hits, underscored the team’s performance.

“I’m happy about the win; we are all happy about it. It’s part of our plan to win our first game.

“Against Namibia tomorrow, I expect that we will be better at bowling in particular and that we will bring our A-game with us. Thanks to our trainers, our mental state was very high. We hope to be better tomorrow, ” added Etim.

The team’s coach Onome Oghenekevwe said the team’s training has proven productive.

“Our training has proven to be very productive and we are satisfied. We hope the players will be able to bring the same style or improve on what they did against Namibia today.

“The girls are usually concerned about what other people say about them or think about their style of play. So I just tell them to go numb and thick skin, express themselves and enjoy the game, ”he added.

Nigeria will face Namibia in their second game on Friday, before Uganda on Saturday and Cameroon on September 13, all in Group B.

In group A, the hosts will be Botswana, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

It is expected that only one team will qualify for the 11-nation tournament starting on Thursday.

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