Northern Districts off to winning start

Tuesday September 13, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

THE VISITING Northern Districts Maori team from Hamilton, New Zealand started their Rarotonga tour campaign on a high with a win in their opening match over the weekend.

 

The visitors took on the Cook Islands women’s side at Turangi Cricket Ground on Saturday, managing an impressive six wicket win.

The national side led by skipper June George batted first and were all out for 188 runs in 33.2 overs.

George, who started with Daena Kataina, managed 10 runs while the latter was out for a duck after failing to score a run.

Mataina Maoate brought some stability to Cook Islands’ run rate, scoring 27 before Teremoana More came with some big hits to amass 54 runs which was the equal top highest run for the day.

Northern Districts Phoebe was impressive for the side in the opening inning after taking three wickets to restrict Cook Islands to 188 runs.

In reply, Northern Districts came out strong to overcome the target, with their opening three batters scoring more than 100 runs in total.

The side managed to overcome the target set by the national side in 28 overs with the loss of four wickets, recording a six wickets win.

National team coach Amoa More said they had chance to win the match but lost some key players to a strong bowling from the Northern Districts side.

“They came well prepared and that showed in their performance against us,” More said.

“Regardless of the loss, it was a good experience for the team and the local players and we hope they have learnt some valuable lessons from this match.”

Northern Districts played Avana in their second match yesterday and will take on Turangi in their final match tomorrow.

“I hope the other (local) teams will do well and give the visiting team a good run for their money in the remaining matches.”

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