Cricket U19s impress in NZ despite loss

Wednesday January 24, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket
Cook Islands U19 team on the New Zealand tour. 18012314 Cook Islands U19 team on the New Zealand tour. 18012314

It wasn’t the perfect start, but the Cook Islands Cricket under-19 team won the hearts of the officials and supporters in the opening match of the New Zealand tour on Sunday.


The team landed in New Zealand over the weekend and headed straight to Kaipaki in Hamilton to play the host side.

Batting first, the hosts were dismissed for 215 runs in a 40 over innings, a format the local boys have never played before.

Billy William impressed with the ball taking three wickets and was well supported by his team.

When batting the Kaipaki bowlers, fatigue had the boys struggling in the 31 degree heat.

The national side was eventually dismissed for 160 runs with captain Tomo Pana top-scoring.

Cook Islands U19 coach Shane Phillips said lack of rest contributed to the loss.

However, he was pleased with the effort.

“Having had only a couple of hours sleep from the early flight over, the Cook Islands boys showed how much their training has made a difference to their game,” Phillips said.

“The coaches were stunned at the high level of fielding and not a single catch was missed. Coaching staff were well pleased with effort against a much older established side.”

Despite the loss, Phillips said players had set the standard for the rest of the tour.

The side had a rest day on Monday visiting Rotorua before taking on Auckland’s Rangitoto College yesterday.

The 11-day tour will see the national side competing against teams from Auckland and Hamilton.

Earlier, Phillips said the Cook Islands Cricket Association had been working hard this year developing clearer pathways and opportunities for teenage players.

“This tour is just the next step in their development.”           - RK

Cook Islands U19 – Tomoale Pana (C), Tyronne Munokoa (VC), Sam Peua, Tikove Pilira, Akatau William, Scholar Ngatokorua, Malu Mataaora, John Angaino, Pakitonga Paulo, Potai Pana, Shaquille Munokoa, Christmas Vaerua, Sugar Ray William and Mapu Maoate

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  • Comment Link Travel Parima Tuesday, 30 January 2018 22:08 posted by Travel Parima

    If you can let me know under 19 touring Cook Islands team contact number as planning for a game vs Cook Is community n kaikai angaianga if possible before the team returns.

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