Cricket names year’s top players

Friday December 16, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

COOK ISLANDS Cricket Association has recognised the top batsmen, batswomen and bowlers from the men’s and women’s grades from its domestic league competition for the first time.


After tracking the performance of the individual players this 2016 season, the association managed to select standout cricketers who are poised to feature in the second Vaka of Origin series to be held next month.

Tupapa opener Melody Melota took the top batsman honour after scoring the most runs this season. He managed 282 runs.

Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki, who also plays for Tupapa, managed the second spot with 269 runs followed by Deacon Teapa of Nikao on 242 runs.

Teapa was the first and only batsman to score a century in this year’s competition.

In bowling, Muri’s Mike Hoff finished on top with 25 wickets and three maidens followed by Tupapa’s Daniela Vailoa with 19 wickets and four maidens.

Tupapa’s Junior Korua managed the third place with 19 wickets and two maidens.

In the women’s grade, Teremoana More of Turangi was the top batswoman of the year after smashing 244 runs this season.

Turangi veteran June George managed the second spot with 132 runs followed by another Turangi player, Tekura Kaukura with 129 runs.

In bowling, champion Muri bowler Jasmanda Tuaputa finished on top after taking 17 wickets including three maidens followed by June George with 15 wickets and a maiden and Muri’s Memory Kauvai with 10 wickets and three maidens.

Cook Islands Cricket CEO Teinaki was pleased with the stats and said it showed improvement in some departments.

He said they would use it to select future national teams.

“I’m generally pleased with the bowling stats, but there were too many wide balls this year which shows individual bowling was not accurate,” he said.

“Overall, it has been quite a wonderful year for cricket and we are pleased with the outcome.”

Teinaki said they would use the statistics compiled to pick the squad for the prestigious Vaka of Origin series that will start on January 14.

The inaugural tournament of the series which will feature Town and Country teams was won by Town last year.

“Vaka of Origin is an invitational tournament and features the top players in Rarotonga. So the top players from our stats qualify to play for the respective teams and if they are unavailable then we will look at other top performers to take their spot.”

Teinaki said they had plans in place to make next year’s event a bigger and a better one.

“Cook Islands Cricket would like to wish its members, players and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We would also like to thank Matt Beasley for all his support and wish him the best in his future endeavours.”

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