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Cricket Tourney for Girls Ends in Accra

Kumasi Girls Junior High School (JHS) emerged the overall winners in the second edition of the Annual Girls Cricket Tournament held at the Achimota Oval in Accra on the 1st July 2012.

 

The tournament was organized by the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) and formed part of the association’s Girls development program for the year 2012 and also served as a platform to whip up the interest of the game among schools particularly girls as well as identify talented ones for grooming into the national team.

 

About 84 girls and 12 Physical Education (P.E) Teachers drawn from six schools took part in this year’s competition which is an improvement over last year’s edition.

The schools include Achimota Senior High School, Royal Diadem, Kumasi Girls Senior High, Obuasi JHS, Anumele Cluster of Schools and Akosombo International School. They were divided into two groups with each group having a bye due to the knockout system employed in the first matches.
Group A had Royal Diadem, Obuasi Girls JHS and Akosombo International School while Group B was comprised of Achimota School, Kumasi Girls and Anumele Cluster of Schools.

In the first game, pool A Obuasi Girls defeated Royal Diadem by 6wkts in. Royal Diadem scored 84 runs for 5wkts in 15 overs as against Obuasi Girls 86 runs for 4wkts in 11.3 overs to Knockout the Royals.
The second game saw Akosombo Girls in battle with Obuasi Girls as to who would make to the finals of the competition. Obuasi Girls won the toss and opted to field, Akosombo Girls lasted the whole 15 overs but could only put up a total of 88 runs for 8wkts.
Obuasi Girls who were in shape overpowered Akosombo Girls with a 7wkts win to reach the finals scoring 92 runs for 3wkts in 8.4 overs.

 

In the first game of pool B, Kumasi Girls beat Anunmle Girls with a 10wtks win. Kumasi Girls who won the toss and elected to field first restricted the Anunmle Girls to a total of 74 runs for 9wkts in 15 overs.
Achimota SHS Girls took on Kumasi Girls in the second match of pool B but lost the toss to Kumasi Girls, were asked to set the target first. They scored 98 runs for 3wkts in 15 overs. Kumasi Girls scored 100 runs for 3wkts in 12.1 overs to advance to the finals of the competition.

 

The finals, which featured Obuasi Girls and Kumasi Girls, both from the Ashanti Region, displayed great cricketing skills to entertain all present.
Obuasi Girls who opened the innings scored 96 runs all outs in 14.2 overs while Kumasi Girls struggled and lost three quick wickets at the initial stage, recovered with a strong partnership scoring 97 runs for 8wkts in 14.4 overs to emerge winners of the competition.

 

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