The South-South team emerged champions of the third edition of the National Under-17 Cricket Championships in Abuja

The South-South team emerged champions of the third edition of the National Under-17 Cricket Championships in Abuja

The zone defeated South-East in both the male and female events to secure a second consecutive title for the male and a third title for the female.

In the final matches at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, the South-East team won the toss and elected to field in the female event.

South-South were thrown in to bat expecting that a determined South-East zone, who are known for quality fielding, would limit their number of runs.

However, Piety Lucky put up a batting display of 63 runs in 42 balls faced, including six boundary hits to give the defending champions a great chance in the game. Lilian Ude’s three wickets’ haul for the South-East was not enough to stop coach Peter Esewi’s side.

On his part, Donald Okoye, coach of the South-South male team, appreciated the chairmen of the state cricket associations in the zone for doing their part to grow the game.

North-West zone emerged third in the male event, while North-Central were second runners-up in the female event.