Playing in the scorching sun at Turangi Oval, the women’s Country team made the decision to bat first, in the hope that the intense heat would wear out Town’s fielders.
Openers Mona Amoa and Memory Monga tried to set a solid foundation for the innings, but runs did not come easily.
The two batswomen grew uneasy as the overs passed and a number of wild swings very nearly resulted in wickets.
Monga was bowled for 12 and she was followed by Amoa, who was spectacularly run out.
Down two wickets with 27 on the board, captain Ina Willie tried to steady the ship as best she could.
Her innings of 25 included five boundaries, but unfortunately the rest of her team collapsed around her.
The middle and lower order were cannon fodder for the powerful bowling and spectacular fielding of Town, and five Country players made ducks.
Tango Ravarua was the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets including a hat trick as
Country crumbled to 73 all out, without even making it halfway through their 40 overs.
Despite their predicament, Country came out fighting and clawed their way back into the match as Town lost two early wickets.
But number three Racheal Auora snuffed out Country’s hopes and her quickfire 40 put Town within sight of the finishing line.
She lacked support, however, as bowler Ta Kaukura bagged five wickets to make an unlikely victory look possible.
Yet Town had the momentum and Tito Ine scored the winning runs off a boundary in just the 10th over to secure a memorable victory.
Town opener Laita Tiere said after the match that although the team was a bit nervous, they believed in each other, and were over the moon with the win.
Ravarua and Auora were both rewarded with the player of the match trophies, as the annual series now stands at one a piece for both Town and Country.