Piety sweeps awards at PWC National U-17 cricket girls final
South-South teenage sensation, Lucky Piety was the centre of attraction at the national finals of the girls U-17 Cricket Championship after leading her team to victory in the national event at the Edo Boys High School Cricket Oval yesterday.
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.
Vice President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, Uyi Akpata, says beyond the excellent performance of the South-South team, who won all their three matches at the finals of the girls’ tournament, the federation is more impressed at the individual talents that the tournament threw up.
“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.
“Performances from these girls justifies the investment in various grassroots developments at different regions of the country and more importantly, we have great players that can be drafted into camp ahead of national assignments.”
Piety was awarded the best “batman’, and the most valuable player of the girls championship, while Rejoice Assam was the Bowler of the series and Uba Herrieta was the best fielder.
The coach of the winning side, Esewi Peter, added that the victory was a product of the hard work from his region’s team. “This team is made of players from Edo, Rivers, Delta, and Akwa Ibom states. Credit also goes to all the regional developmental officers that worked on each of the players”
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.
North Central’s team finished second behind South-South after losing in the finals by seven wickets. The South East team picked the third place honour, while the classification match for the fourth and fifth team was won by the South West, who dislodged the North West team. The boys’ final of the National Under 17 Cricket Championship will hold from February 4th to 7th at the Edo Boys High School Cricket Pitch.