The Government Secondary School, Owerri, (GSSO) has won the maiden South East Secondary School Cricket Championship for Omezua Okoro Ezi Okoro Cup.
The Cricket team of the Owerri,Imo State based school had in the final match between the school and Regal Secondary School, Nri, Anambra State; GSSO won the toss, elected to bat, and put up a staggering 150 runs for the loss of two wickets.
Akujiobi Kosi of GSS,Owerri had a field day scoring 70 runs off 24 balls in the 15 overs match. Mbadiwe Ikenna contributed in the batting onslaught scoring 38 runs off 23 balls while Mba Samuel scored 17 runs off 20 balls.
In the second innings, Regal chased the runs with poise but could only score 98 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 15 overs.
GSSO emerged champions after beating Regal Secondary School with 52 runs.
In the first innings of the 3rd place match between Government Secondary School (GSS), Afikpo, and Trinity College, Abakaliki, both oi Ebonyi State; Trinity won the toss and elected to field allowing GSS Afikpo to bat 137 runs in 14 overs all out in the 15 overs match. Ogbonna Goodnews topped the batting for his team with 35 runs after facing 15 balls. Nwizi Joshua and Ominyi Emmanuel both got 3 wickets each in an attempt to stop GSS Afikpo.
In the second innings, GSS Afikpo held Trinity College on 65 runs for the loss of 6 wickets at the end of the allotted overs to get the 3rd place position in the championship. Ucomba C. got 6 runs off 19 balls while Ndukwe Promise got 3 wickets.
The competition, a brainchild of Chika Okoro, a member representing South East on the Nigeria Cricket Federation Board, began on March 22.
Sponsored by Well Energy Limited, the tournament, hosted by Government Secondary School, Afikpo, was aimed at showcasing the secondary schools’ Cricket talents from the five states in the region.
John Ulunnachi, the host principal, said the competition would boost the enthusiasm for cricket among students as well as the sport’s development in the south East.
“This tournament signals the return of cricket tradition in Government College, Afikpo, because the young ones are becoming more interested in the game.”
The competition held just as the South East is gearing up for the 8th South East Cricket Championship for Chuma Anosike Cup which will hold in Owerri, Imo State from April 4 to April 8.
Award winners at the tournament
$11. Wicket Keeper of the series won by Samuel Mba of GSS, Owerri.
$12. Batsman of the series won by Akujiobi Kosi of GSS Owerri.
$11. Fielder of the series won by Ota Wisdom of Trinity Secondary School Abakaliki.
$12. Most promising young player won by Okorie Samuel of University of Nigeria, Nsukka Secondary School.
$13. Man of the series won by Ukoro Fabian of Government Secondary School, Afikpo.