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Anambra State clinches South East Cricket Championship

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Anambra State has won the 2019 South-East Cricket Championship, tagged Chuma Anosike Cup by beating Enugu in the final of the competition held in Government College, Afikpo, Ebonyi State.

Team Anambra defeated Team Enugu, represented by University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in a keenly contested final by five wickets.
UNN Cricket team batted first and scored 96 runs for the loss of six wickets, Obinna Chisom scored 26 runs off 24 balls, Onwuliri Nnemeka scored 12 runs off nine balls while Pascal Okoye could not score beyond 14 runs off 22 balls.

Team Anambra’s Nwundike Nzubechi took two wickets in three overs, Chisom Adaogu also took two wickets in two overs, while Chijioke Ezeaguba and Okoye Dumebe all took one wicket each to end the first innings.

In the second innings, Team Anambra scored 97 runs for the loss of five wickets in 14.2 overs.A sensational 14-year-old Ndukwe Chiemelie Emmanuel of Regal Secondary School, Nri, Anambra unleashed his talent scoring 35 runs off 16 balls, Madu Victory augmented the tally with 23 runs off 17 balls, while Adaogu Chisom scored five runs off 10 balls. 

Izunna Onwuachu of Team Enugu took two wickets in two overs, Walter Omefuchukwu took two wickets in three overs, Henry Okafor and Prince Ogue got a wicket each, but those were unable to stop Team Anambra from victory.In the women category, Team Ebonyi defeated Team Anambra by one wicket in to become champions.

The sole sponsor of the South East Cricket Championship, Chuma Anosike described the competition as amazing and big success.    Anosike said the performance of the cricketers showed that South East players could not be overlooked when it comes to the business of cricket, pointing out that 14-year-old Udekwe Chiemelie Emmanuel of Regal Secondary School’s performance in the tournament.

“Chiemelie did beyond my imagination and it takes someone that has a lion heart to stabilize the team at the verge of losing and this boy did that, which is so amazing.“This edition has showed that South East is getting there and I want the 10th edition to be bigger and colourful. The talents discovered in this tournament will be monitored.”

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