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Origin series organisers hope sun will emerge

Friday February 02, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket
Action between the Town and Country team in the final series match last year at Turangi Oval. 18020125 Action between the Town and Country team in the final series match last year at Turangi Oval. 18020125

Organisers of the 21 South Group Vaka of Origin Cricket Series III are expecting rain to subside by later today so they can host the men’s clash this weekend.

 

Varo Media Country is scheduled to take on Sky Pacific Town in a one-off 50 over match at Turangi Oval tomorrow.

Rain ruined the women’s match between Town and Country on January 20. The clash was postponed to last week, in which the Town caused a major upset winning the low scoring match by three wickets.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Davis Teinaki is hoping the weather clears up by today.

The organisers are expected to make a final decision on the fixture later today.

According to the weather forecast, the rainy spell is expected to continue today followed by “mostly sunny” weather tomorrow.

The current rainy spell has also hampered the teams’ preparations for this annual competition.

Despite that, they remain optimistic of putting on a good show, should the weather allow them to take the field tomorrow.

Since the start of the series in 2016, Town managed to win the title back-to-back while Country is still hunting for their first series win.

Country will be led by the veteran Matavera player Ray Romanu and he will have players from Turangi, Matavera and Muri at his disposal.

Vane Tangimetua Sr from Turangi, as well as experienced campaigners Tutu Tangimetua, Osalai Akai, Tiri Toa, Ben Vakatini, Mike Hoff and Moni Uini are some of the top players in the Country team.

Town will be led by the experienced Wayken Punga and assisted by the likes of Deacon Teapa, Nooroto William, Kunta Ritawa, Parker Daniel and Melody Melota.

Country – Ray Romanu (C) (Matavera), Ben Vakatini (Matavera),

William Jephson (Turangi), Mike Hoff (Muri), Moni Uini (Matavera), Vane Tangimetua Sr (VC), Vane Tangimetua Jr, Patiia Ataera (Muri), Tutu Tangimetua, Iro Maroaroa (Matavera), Osalai Akai (Turangi), Adam (Matavera), Tiri Toa (Turangi).

Town – Wayken Punga (C), Deacon Teapa, Nooroto William, Vinegar Tiro, Taupa Melota, Teaute Ravarua, Kunta Ritawa, Parker Daniel, Melody Melota, Ula Teinaki, Terry William, Maia Yawea, Teo Pana, John Angaino, Rip Tauia