Played in the 20/20 format, where there are only 20 overs, the competition will continue until the first week of December, and will include the U19 team as they prepare for their own tournament on the island in January.
The U19 tournament will mark the first time the country has hosted a major cricket tournament and will attract some of the top up-and-coming world talent from New Zealand and Australia.
Turangi, reigning winners of the men’s competition, will look to retain their title as champions, while Muri, the women’s titleholder, will be hard pressed to repeat their success.
They have lost four players from their victorious squad to New Zealand, although they are confident that the four replacing them will be more than adequate.
The club competition will also provide great preparation for the women, as they will be involved in their own tournament at the end of this month.
Visiting Rarotonga will be the Takapuna cricket team, from the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand, who will face three teams over a gruelling three-day stretch.
On September 30 the visitors will face the pride and joy of Cook Islands women’s cricket, the national team.
Challenging the Takapuna side the next day will be the U19 women’s side, with the last match being against a combined Avana/ Turangi on the final day of the tournament, before the visitors depart the next day.
All matches will be played at Turangi cricket field.
Responsible for arranging these matches through the Turangi Women’s Cricket Club is Kerry Tomlinson, who visited last year with the Northern Districts New Zealand team.
Tomlinson, who was impressed with the island and keen to return, missed a tournament in Australia to compete in Rarotonga.
Teams: Turangi (men and women), Matavera (men and women), Tupapa 1 (men and women), Tupapa 2 (men), Takuvaine (men and women), Nikao (men and women), Arorangi (men and women), Avana (men and women), Muri (men and women), U19 Men