By Jacob Ajom
For the second time within seven days, cricket enthusiasts in Nigeria witnessed the defeat of Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club by arch-rivals, Government College Ibadan Old Boys Cricket Club at the final of the 9th Express Discount Knockout Series, concluded at the prestigious Tafawa Balewa Cricket oval on Sunday. The victory ensured GCIOB retained the shield they first won last year.
The champions won the match by 21 runs to complete a back to back defeat of their biggest rivals, Ibeju Lekki CC 1.
The SeunÂ Odeku led side won the toss and chose to bat first scoring 203 runsÂ in 40 oversÂ for the loss of 9Â wickets with Adegbola Kunle one of Nigeriaâ€™s brightest prospects in Cricket posting 60 runsÂ offÂ 88 balls in 133 minutessÂ as he got support from his fellow team mates Gill Ramit and Okusanya TayoÂ scored 38 runsÂ and 32 runs respectively.
Sean Phillips took 2 wickets for 18 runs in 3 overs while wicket keeper for the Nigerian national team, Ademola OnikoyiÂ accounted for 3 run_out in theÂ firstÂ innings for ILCC I.
Second InningsÂ was left for Ibeju Lekki Cricket Club 1 to reach the 203 runs target set by their opponents but the duo of Adeoye Wale, Captain of the national team and former national team mate, Okusanya Tayo took 4 wickets and 2 wickets respectively to reduce the champions of the regular season to 182 runs in 40 overs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Jide Bejide topped the scoring for his side with 49 runs while the duo of Phillips Sean andÂ Olympio Seye contributed 36 and 33 runsÂ as they lost by 21 runs.