Despite a really good start, fielding errors and off bowling lines hindered the Cooks opportunity to showcase their growing maturity in cricket.
Fiji batted first and amassed the runs to make it a challenging run-chase for the local girls who fell short of the target by some 30 runs.
New Zealand based Pukapuka player Mirioni Ravaia was the standout for the Cooks team.
The Cooks had to keep their heads up as they suited up for the second time to face the All Blacks of regional women’s cricket – host nation PNG.
Coach Alister Stevic says he was pleased to see his team came out with more fight against PNG than they did against Fiji but PNG was always going to be the toughtest opponents at the Pacific Games cricket tournament.
According to Stevic, a gutsy performance by the local ladies early in the match forced the PNG home crowd to make their views known of their teams performance which put the PNG ladies into high gear to run away with the game with more than 160 runs.
Many lessons were learned from the two games with little time for match post mortems as the local women had to pick themselves up to face Samoa yesterday followed by New Caledonia and Vanuatu later in the week.
The host nation, Papua New Guinea, has dominated the cricket event at Pacific and South Pacific Games, winning gold each time the sport has been included in the programme.
At the most recent Games in New Caledonia in 2011, the game format was switched to the shorter T20 form of the game, and at Port Moresby 2015 women’s competition was introduced for the first time.
T20 cricket is the shortest and most action-packed version of cricket where each team has 20 six-ball overs to accumulate the most runs.
Four men’s and six women’s teams will compete in Port Moresby.
Medal contenders in the women’s competition are hard to predict as none of the teams – PNG, Vanuatu, Cook Island, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa – has had their international status granted by the International Cricket Council and so are unranked.