AGENE GODWIN Benin
The first Cricket relaunch season in Edo ended on Saturday with Scholars Imperial Education Center emerging the overall best team with 32 points.
The season tagged, “Templars Secondary Schools/Senior Cricket League” had five secondary schools and four senior teams participating .
At the close of the league, a total of ten matches were played with each of the five schools with each school showing exciting performances in each of their four matches.
The state cricket association attributed this to the ongoing coaching and grass root development of the game, especially in schools.
The state Cricket Association Chairman, Uyi Akpta, at the closing ceremony, gave six of the students scholarship up to the secondary level.
The state chairman, who promised that the 2017/2018 season would be an improvement compared to the relaunch season, also donated N500, 000 to Edo Boys High School to promote the game.
Aho Peter of Edo Boys High School, emerged the Batsman of the series with a total of 139 runs. He was closely followed by Miracle Akhigbe of Scholars Imperial Education Center with 93 runs.
While Miracle Akhigbe again emerged the Most Valuable. Player (MVP) of the season, his mate, Oyivwi Marvelous topped the bowling chat with 11 wickets.
Similarly, No Limit Cricket Club topped the senior league with 22 points after each of the four teams had a feel of six matches with a total of twelve matches played in the series.
At the end of the series, a total of 3495 runs was scored in 651 Overs with Ovie Osuaso, an ex-international, of Invictus Cricket Club topping the batting line with 185 runs.
Top batman behind Osuaso is Theophilus Ibodeme of No Limit and his club mate, Cyril Musa, with 143 runs and 127 runs respectively.
Goodluck Oshodin of No Limit Cricket Club topped the bowling chat with 17 wickets ahead of Kelvin Agbonwanegbe of Invictus and Emmanuel Akhigbemen of No Limit who both had 12 wickets respectively.
Theophilus Ibodeme proved himself to be Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the league with a show of class in batting and bowling.
Similarly, Olu Akpata, of Templars Law Firm, sponsor of the league, also promised scholarship to the best player to study law in any University in the country.
He said exciting packages would be added in the 2017/2018 season for the rapid development of the game in the state.