After several months of planning, all is now set for the 7th edition of South-East Cricket Championship that will hold from between March 8 and 11 at the Paul University, Awka, Anambra State.
The annual championship, which has Chuma Anosike as the main sponsor over the years will have 17 schools involving both boys and girls competing all through the four-day event from 9am-5pm daily.
According to Anosike, all the necessary logistics have been put in place for a hitch-free event. The sponsor however urged all the participants to put up good outing all through the four-day championship.
“We have taken cricket to a reasonable level in region (South-east) and we are only hoping that in the next few years it will enjoy a fair share of visibility alongside football.
“I am the main sponsor of the championship and over the years there has been support from UAC and other well-meaning individuals and families.
“However, we are still lacking in funding and will hope the state government will soon come to our aid with meaningful partnership,” he pleaded.
Aside the participating schools, different clubs will also participate in the competition. “This year we have six teams with one representing each of the states that make up the region.
“We want the game to be developed at the youth level and thisexplain why the idea behind the competition is to engage the youths to take to cricket. We are happy with the results so far. The standard of the game has dropped in the country because we used to be at the world stage but we are now back to Africa,” he recalled.
The winning team will go home with N100,000 while the second and third winners will collect N50,000 and N30,000 respectively. Prizes would be won in individual performance categories such as: best bowler, best batman, best team, best individual player and other major categories.