6th December, 2012
Kehinde Olabiwonnu, coach of Team Ogun Cricket squad, has commended his team for winning a gold medal at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Lagos.
Olabiwonnu said his team’s success stemmed from its youthfulness and hunger for success. Ogun clinched gold medal in the One Day International (ODI) format at the TBS Oval, Onikan, Lagos. Delta placed second, winning the silver medal. Ogun defeated Delta by 7 wickets.
“I am really proud of my team and the players did not allow their youthfulness to deter them from pitting their strength against the more-experienced hands in other teams.
“They are boys under the ages of 19 and 17 playing the national sides and I am so proud of them,” he said.
Olabiwonnu added that in spite of the fact that eight of his players had been poached by other states; the team did not feel the effect.
In the final match, Delta won the toss and elected to bat. Delta had no answer to the tidy bowling of Ogun as they collapsed on 49 runs for 10 wickets in 27 overs. Ogun scored 50 runs for 3 wickets in 27.1 overs to secure victory. Orogbosere kunle of Ogun State took 4 wickets for 8 in 3 overs.
In the third place match to decide the winner of the bronze medal, Rivers defeated Lagos by 60 runs. Rivers won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 144 for 7 in 30 overs, Lagos scored 84 runs all out in 18.3 overs.
Oko-jaja Henry of Rivers took 3 wickets for 20 runs in 3 overs and Onikoyi Sigi, 3 wickets for 13 runs in 5 overs.
The T20 format of the cricket event begins today at the three venues: TBS Oval, Unilag cricket pitch and Jubril Martins pitch with states such as Ogun, Lagos, Delta, Rivers, Imo, Borno, Sokoto, Anambra and Kaduna participating. It will end on Saturday at the TBS Oval.