In line with their preparations to defend their North West Africa Cricket Council (NWACC) title in June this year, the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) Female Cricket league has gained great momentum with each of the players aiming at making the final 14 man squad that will be representing the country in Ghana.
Over the weekend at the Prince of Wales Secondary School ground, Team Albert Kpundeh beat Team Abubakarr Bangura by seven wickets in a very tough match.
The women of Team Albert Kpundeh won the toss and placed Team Abubakarr inside to bat. Batting first, Team Abubakarr scored 100 for the loss of 9 wickets in 17.3 overs with Captain Linda Bull scoring 45 runs and remained not out till the end.
In reply, Team Albert Kpundeh enjoyed good runs with the openers Sarah Johnson and Adama Kamara scoring a whopping 36 runs together in 6.2 overs.
Ann Marie Monica Kamara was the top scorer for Team Albert Kpundeh with 26 runs before she was caught. Fatu Pessima struck 20 runs not out as she stood her ground to ensure her side recorded their first victory in the competition.
“We are very delighted to win this match against Team Abubakarr. Though it was a tough match, we played well to reach our target of 101”.
“Our openers batted well to set the pace for us by lasting for 6 overs on the crease,” Albert Kpundeh’s Captain, Ann Marie Monica Kamara, said.
Team Abubakarr Captain, Linda Bull expressed displeasure over their defeat and promised to win their next match.
“This was our match to win. But we lost because we have young players that didn’t have experience,” she admitted.
Bull claimed, “Despite our poor performance in the past two matches, my teammates will get used to the game and we will win our remaining matches.”
League leaders, Augustine Thorpe have vowed to maintain their intensity at the competition after winning their first two matches against winless Team Abubakarr Bangura and second place Team Albert Kpundeh.
The competition resumes today with Team Abubakarr playing host to Team Albert Kpundeh at the Prince of Wales Cricket ground in Kingtom, Freetown.
Meanwhile, each of the three teams will play 4 matches and a total of 12 matches will be played in the league. As soon as the league concludes, 24 players will be selected for national team training ahead of the North West Africa Cricket Council (NWACC) scheduled for Ghana in June this year.
By Bernard Turay
Wednesday April 19, 2017.