Nigeria-Rwanda Female Cricket rivalry resumes with another win for Nigeria 

Nigeria Female Yellow Greens proved again they are best at scaling the hurdle set by their cricket opponents as they defeated arc-rival Rwanda by 5 wickets.

Captain Blessing Etim won the toss and chose to field leaving Marie Diane’s Rwanda team to bat first.

A slight miss-fielding in the first over gave Nigeria a shaky start. However, the girls picked up form almost immediately when teenage star, Shola Adekunle sparked a deadly bowling squad against Rwanda.

16 years old Shola took 4 wickets with precision, and Peculiar Agboya and Favour Eseigbe grabbed 3 and 2 wickets respectively. The shock kept Rwanda’s total runs at 95 and lost 9 wickets in 20 overs (95/9).

The second-inning chase for Nigeria started on a good note when Assistant Captain Favour Eseigbe and Esther Sandy soaked the pressure poured out in revenge by Rwanda. Favour and Esther’s partnership gave Nigeria 58 runs. A safe haven was created before Esther’s wicket fell. 

However, Rwanda saw an opportunity to tighten the screw and soon pressure shifted to Nigeria with 4 successive falls of wickets. 

Nigeria’s nerve was put to the test when the game got to its twilight with a tie. One run was needed to win in the 19th over. It was on Salome Sunday’s shoulder to deliver and she finished in style with four runs. 

Nigeria scored 99/5 to secure a second win of the tournament against Rwanda and little Shola Adekunle walked away with a N150,000 prize for the Player of the Match award.

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