Cricket set for showdown in series finale

Monday July 04, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

AFTER a rainy week and a waterlogged pitch spoiled last Saturday’s match, the inaugural Vaka of Origin cricket battle is set for the showdown today at Raemaru Park.

The organisers and supporters are rubbing their hands with glee in expectation that the already-crowned champions Sky Pacific Town will make a clean sweep in the series.

However, Varo Media Country, who has made some changes in their line-up to add more batting prowess, will be hoping to pull on back after posting disappointing loses in the earlier two matches.

Sponsor Grant Walker of 21South Group said they were hoping for a better weather today to end the series on a high.

He thanked the sponsors and supporters for their effort in ensuring success in the inaugural series.

“I take my hat off to CICA chief executive Davis Teinaki and the managers and coaches for both sides. It hasn’t been easy dealing with the weather and whatnot, but they got their teams excited and prepared in a short amount of time,” Walker said.

“I think we’ve done exactly what we wanted to date, and now we can make the adjustments for next year to really get the series and sport going forward.”

The series finale will start at 11am, with the first ball scheduled for 11.30am. After the match, awards for the Best Series Batsman, Best Series Bowler, Man of the Match and Man of the Series will be presented. 

“We’ve learned a lot putting this series on, trying to work around rugby and getting a proper playing venue. We simply couldn’t have done this without constant support from T&M Heather,” Walker said.

“So now we know what needs to be done for cricket in the Cooks and I’m more committed than ever to see CICA get a proper facility and playing field similar to what CIFA has. That’s the five year plan and the future of this sport.”

Admission to today’s match is free and the viewing pavilion will be open to all.  

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