The National Cricket Federation has announced that the stage is now set for the 2017 Men’s national title.

This is coming on the heels of the conclusion of the National Women’s Championship at the Abuja Cricket Oval last weekend.

President of the Board, Professor Adams Yahaya Ukwenya said that the journey to the national finals for each team will begin on Thursday November 30th across the country.

“We are encouraged at the level of skill displayed at the Women’s final in Abuja which makes us anticipate more as the Men’s race for the finals gets underway from next Thursday.

“Again, at the Federation, we have put all necessary arrangements in place to make sure both the regional finals, quarter-finals and the Final in Lagos produce worthy champion in terms of officiating, logistics and other organisational details” he said.

Eight teams will emerge from the preliminary rounds at the five zones from Thursday 30th November.

The teams will proceed to quarter finals in Lagos and Ibadan simultaneously with semi-finals on the 8th December and the Championship finals on the 9th December, at the TBS Oval, Lagos.

The Men’s Championship will be competed for by South West: Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, and Ondo; South South: Rivers, Bayelsa, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Delta; South East: Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Enugu; North Central: Plateau, Niger, FCT Abuja, Kogi and Kwara; North West: Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Jigawa and Kano.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Women’s Cricket team had piped their FCT counterpart to win the 2017 Championship scoring 135 runs in 30 overs to eliminating FCT’s batting in 24 overs, conceding 104 runs on November 12.

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