Former male representatives will provide some bowling practice for the ladies, but more importantly, will allow the women an opportunity to practice implementing bowling and fielding plans in a simulated match situation.
Cricket chief executive Alister Stevic says the women’s ability to remember and execute their plans come Pacific Games time will be critical in achieving their objective of a top four finish.
“Cricket at the Pacific Games is going to be super-competitive this year, our opposition have a lot more international match experience than us so we need every opportunity to practice implementing plans,” says Stevic
“It’s fantastic to be able to draw upon the experience and knowledge of former players in helping the women practice those plans in a match situation.”
Some of the former national players to turn out today include Apii Mamanu (debut for Cook Islands, Vanuatu 2005), Hori Miller (Samoa 2011), Ray Roumanu (Samoa 2009,) Vane Tangimetua (Vanuatu 2005), Cam Thorpe (List A ND Knights, 2010) and Denne Bourke (List A match Croatia, 2014).