Century warms up Cooks cricketers

Wednesday November 19, 2014 Written by MW/CIC Published in Cricket
Davies Teinaki (right) scored 103 off 43 balls while Pastor Zekaria (left) opened the batting and took two wickets against the Philippines.  14111829 Davies Teinaki (right) scored 103 off 43 balls while Pastor Zekaria (left) opened the batting and took two wickets against the Philippines. 14111829

The Cook Islands national men’s cricket team defeated the Philippines in a warm up match yesterday courtesy of a century from star batsman Davies Teinaki.

The national men’s side are in Lismore, Australia as part of the ICC East Asia Pacific Trophy. 

The Cook Islands are currently ranked eighth in the region and have set themselves the objective of a top five finish.

Teinaki’s 103 came from just 43 balls as he led the Cook Islands to 170 runs for two wickets from their twenty overs. 

Coach Nga Emile took advantage of the warm up by promoting 18-year old Pastor Zekaria to opening batsman.

 Zekaria also had success with the ball picking up two wickets as the Cooks dismissed the Philippines for 87 all out.

The Cook Islands had a strong draw for yesterday’s opening play.

At the time of print the Cooks were playing top ranked PNG with a match to be played against 2nd ranked Vanuatu in the afternoon.

The Cook’s will want to put in a solid effort so as to carry that momentum into their targeted matches against Samoa, Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in the coming days.

The Cook Islands will take on Samoa at 1pm today followed by Indonesia at 5.30PM. 

Live ball by ball scoring of the match is available at CricHQ.com or at Cook Islands Crickets Facebook page.

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