A review of the recent tournament statistics show that the local cricket side can foot it with the more experienced players in the region with a number of local talent featuring in the tournament’s top statistical charts.
Three Cooks batters featured in the top 15 of the 90 batters used at tournament with Tekura Kaukura holding down sixth place, Punanga Kaveao in 12th and Marii Kaukura in 16th.
Four of the country’s bowlers appeared in the top 30, Tekura Kaukura again featuring high on the list in 11th spot while younger sister Marii Kaukura took 17th, Lacynthia Rani 21st and skipper June George 29th.
Fielding was a key element to the Cook Islands’ major improvement at tournament with New Zealand fielding coach Mark Crawford’s input proving invaluable as the Cooks dominated the fielding stats with Tekura Kaukura achieving the most run outs at tournament, followed by Lacynthia Rani in ninth and Tina Mato and Marii Kaukura sharing in 16th place.
Amanda Mangi ended the tournament as fourth equal top catcher.
Wicket keeping coach Patiiamai Ataela will be happy with his protégé keeper Daena Kataina as the energetic and vocal keeper recorded the most stumpings of any keeper from the six countries.
Of the 90 players used at tournament five of the Cook Islands squad appeared in the top thirty Most Valuable Players list with Tekura Kaukura ranked third, Marii Kaukura 15th, Punanga Kaveao 26th, Lacynthia Rani 29th and June George in 30th.
Cricket's Chief Executive Alister Stevic said it’s very much a team game and that any one person’s success only comes at the hard work of their team mates.
“I believe it was evident that the Cook Islands was the most positive and determined team at tournament. The key for us now is to retain this very talented and very special group of players while building depth with young aspiring local players”. Stevic believes that our local side are not too far off from the more experienced sides of Japan, PNG and the Auckland and Australian players in the Samoan team.
“We now know it is a reality we will win more games and no longer just a dream”.