Cricket: Nigeria Hit Sierra Leone For 5 To Win Bilateral T20 Series

Nigeria’s cricket national team, the Yellow Greens, rounded off the Bilateral Series with Sierra Leone with a spectacular win in the last game of their T20I series in Lagos.

The Yellow Greens scored a decisive 36 run victory against their fellow West Africans in the final game as a young core showed that a bright future awaits for Nigerian cricket after brushing aside the shock 6-wicket defeat to the visitors in the opening game of the series to record five straight wins.

Nigeria won the toss and elected to bat first for the fifth time in the tournament. Ashmit Sherestha retained his spot as the opening bat but was paired this time by Segun Olayinka who made his first appearance for the National team in this tournament after being away for many years.

Their combo proved to be the best opening partnership in the tournament for Nigeria posted their highest score in the tournament with 134 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

Sesan Adedeji top scored with 39 runs off 30 balls, supported by Segun Olayinka with 24 runs off 21 balls leaving Isaac Okpe with 17 runs off 17 balls and Ashmit Sherestha with 16 runs off 16 runs as the best bating figures for Nigeria.

Abass Gbla was the star performer with the ball for Sierra Leone taking 5 wickets, conceding 16 runs in 4 overs.

In the second innings, Sierra Leone struggled with the bat and once again failed to put up a resistance enough to trouble the bowling onslaught from Nigeria. There were a few bright sparks from John Bangura, George Sesay and Captain Lasana Lamin but again the Sierra Leoneans failed to hit the triple-figure mark for the 5th time in the series as they finished with 98 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs.

John Bangura scored 32 runs off 26 balls, supported by George Sesay with 27 runs off 31 balls and Lasana Lamin with 15 runs off 22 balls as the best bating contribution for Sierra Leone.

Peter Aho led the pack for the Nigeria bowlers with 3 wickets, conceding 12 runs in 4 overs, closely followed by Sylvester Okpe with 2 wickets, conceding 13 runs in 4 overs.

Aho was named player of the match and adjudged the tournament’s best bowler while Bangura earned the best batter award. Former Junior Yellow Greens captain Sylvester Okpe was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.