Nigeria women’s cricket team have started their ICC T20 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5 wickets victory over West Africa rivals Sierra Leone in Gaborone, Botswana.
It was also a record-breaking performance for Nigeria as Lucky Piety made her debut and made history as the youngest female player to represent the country at just 14. She finished the match with 11 runs off 9 balls and not out.
Sierra Leone had won the toss and elected to bat first in the opening game of the 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 in the 4th over and left Sierra Leone on 14 runs. Sierra Leone ended the 1st power play over on 27 runs for the loss of 1 wicket.
Sierra Leone eventually finished for 102 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Kamara Aminata of Sierra Leone scored 28 runs to emerge the best bats woman for her team.
In the second innings, Nigeria started brightly with the pair of Esther Sandy and Abdulquadri Kehide getting to 21 runs before losing the 1st wicket. Salome Sunday was unlucky and was dismissed almost immediately. Nigeria finished the power play over with 34 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Esther Sandy, Blessing Etim and Omoye Asika controlled the game from thereon to ensure Nigeria sat firmly on 65 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 10 overs.
Nigeria eventually chased down the required score to record 103 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 16 overs. Abdulquadri Taiwo and Efosa Joy got 2 wickets each while Etim Blessing, Samson Rachael and George Chinyenum all got 1 wicket each.
Blessing Etim top scored with 27 runs strongly supported by Esther Sandy and Omonye Asika with 17 runs each. Abdulquadri Kehinde scored 11 runs to round up a very comfortable victory for team Nigeria.