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British High Commissioner declares Nigeria great cricket nation

By Fidelis Ebu,  Abuja
The British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bob Dewar, has declared that the country could become a great potential cricket nation if regular tournaments are organised to keep the players together.

While speaking during the British Community versus FCT team last weekend at the Abuja National Stadium, Dewar noted the good batting and bowling of the FCT players, which he said could be improved to higher standard if competitive and regular tournaments are staged for the players.

“I must say you have tremendous athletes, you have great potential batsmen, strong hitters, great potential bowlers. The standard of cricket is very good, and I like to compliment the spirit with which it is being played here.

The batting was excellent, and we are lucky we were able to put together a good team at the last moment” thus remarked the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bob Dewar in a chat.

Dewar, who featured as the eighth batsman in the game was however bowled out after just 13 runs of the 78 the British High Commission made to bow to the FCT that posted 179 runs for eleven wickets in 30 overs.

The British High Commission in the second inning fought hard to make 78 runs all out in 24 overs.
Jon Bacon of the British High Commission was adjudged the best batsman and Reji George of the FCT team was the best bowler of the tournament.

Emeka Onyeama, the FCT Cricket association chairman was however elated at having the British High Commission accepting to partner with the Territory to develop the game.

“Getting the British cricket club to participate and partner with us is a great way of developing the game”, Emeka Onyeama said. He however stated that the FCT cricket board has already started the programme to take sport to the grassroots.

“We’ve reached out to many secondary schools in the FCT and have as well talked to many games masters of these secondary schools. We’re organising coaching programme to ensure the participants are properly enriched so as to impact the desired knowledge to the pupils of the designated schools we have chosen to start with”, he said.


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