Rain forces Vaka of Origin delay

Monday January 22, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket

Continuous rain on Saturday forced the deferment of the opening clash in the 21 South Group Vaka of Origin III.

 

The women’s Sky Pacific Blues (Town) and Varo Media Maroons (Country) were supposed to battle each other in the one-off 50 over clash at Turangi Oval.

After the washout, Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki said the match would now be played this Saturday (January 27), with the men’s game now scheduled to take place in early February.

He hopes the deferment will give teams more time to prepare well for the do-or-die clash.

Country won the three match series last year and Town is hoping to snare the title away in this year’s meet.

“The first year was a three game series for the men’s sides in the 50 over format. The following year, we wanted to include the very enthusiastic women cricketers, so that meant changing to a 20/20 format so we could play two matches each Saturday,” 21 South Group managing director Grant Walker earlier said.

“However, experience taught us that trying to get three weekends scheduled at the same time the under-19 team were going on tour was a bit of a stretch. This year Davis Teinaki and I thought about a single game format, to ensure we get the best possible weather and to really ramp up the stakes.”

 

Women teams

Country – Ina Willie (C), Tekura Kaukura, June George, Joshphine Maoate, Lisa Tatakura, Mona Amoa, Nina Tangimetua, Enua Peyroux, Margaret Simiona, Lina Taufahema, Annie Taufahema, Apii Tangata, Bene Matapo, Shermaia Boaza. Training at 5pm at Turangi Oval.

Town – Tape Rikini, Puru Samania, Rachel Auora, Anjima Ruarau, Koyi Tiere, Leah Tumutoa, Tuine Ngatokorua, Unaonga Tiere, Vaine Urirau, Kuraani Aturai, Tapere George, Raita Tiere, Tiiraa Ioteva, Turanga Taikakara, Tango Ravarua

 

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