The Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), on Sunday said the body was impressed with the individual talents identified at the ongoing PWC U-17 National Championships.
In the words of the Vice President of the Federation, Mr. Uyi Akpara, “When a teenager sets a national T20 record, that is a great achievement and huge leap for Cricket development”.
“We also had great fielding implementation from the South East team and great bowling actions from a couple of players too”.
“The good thing here is that beyond Piety Lucky, we have a number of great show by players from other regions as well. We are proud of the developments from the different regions”.
“Performances from these girls justifies the investment in various grassroots developments at different regions of the country”.
“More importantly we have great players that can be drafted into camp ahead of National assignments. ”Akpata said in a press statement.
According to the statement, South-South teenage sensation Lucky Piety was the centre of the national finals of Girls Under-17 Cricket Championship after leading her team to victory on Saturday in Edo State.
Rising from her record-breaking century, at the opening game against South West on Wednesday, where Piety became the first Nigerian to achieve such feat in a T-20 match, she gave a commanding performance at the closing event.
Piety was awarded the best “batsman’, and the most valuable player of the girls championship, while Rejoice Assam was the Bowler of the series and Uba Henrrieta was the best fielder.
Piety, speaking after the event said that she was grateful for the accolades and believes she was fortunate to have played well, as there were other equally talented batters and bowlers in her team.
The Boys’ final of the National U-17 Cricket Championship will hold from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7 at the Edo Boys High School Cricket Pitch in Benin.