UNN retains South East Cricket Championship
Enugu State’s University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) Cricket Club at the weekend defeated Royal Club of Anambra State by 32 runs to win the fifth South East Cricket Championship tagged Chuma Anosike Cup for the second consecutive year.
In the final game of the championship held at the Government College Umuahia cricket pitch,
Royal Club won the toss and elected to field in the game, which the Enugu boys later scored 91 runs for the loss of six wickets in 15 overs.
Try as they could, Royal Club ended their batting only at 60 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 15 overs.
Earlier, Owerri Cricket Club of Imo State beat Ebonyi State by two wickets to win the third place game.
Speaking at the end of the competition, tournament’s sponsor, Barrister Chuma Anosike, said this year’s edition mirrored the cricket development in the South East, adding that in the near future some of the new cricket states like Ebonyi and Imo would play at the final going by their performance this n year.
“In overall, I am impressed with what I have seen and I think I want to thank Abia State for hosting the competition because they have lived up to expectations,” he said.
The Ebonyi State cricket team particularly impressed the former first vice President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), who posited that for their captain, Kosi Izekwe, to have won cricketer of the series shows the fast growth of the game in the state.
The Bowler of the Series award went to Igweze Chinedu of UNN, his team mate, Obinma Chisom, won the Batman of the Series gong, while, Fielder of the Series award went to Nwosu Kenechukwu.
Ogbu Prince of the UNN won Wicket Keeper of the Series award, while Abia State got the Best Behaved Team award.
The champions, first and second runners up also got cash prizes.