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U19s finish tour on a high

Thursday February 08, 2018 Written by Published in Cricket
The Cook Islands Cricket under-19 side with one of the teams they played during the New Zealand tour. 18020711 The Cook Islands Cricket under-19 side with one of the teams they played during the New Zealand tour. 18020711

The Cook Islands Cricket Under-19 side returned home a week ago after a successful tour of New Zealand tour.

 

The side managed by Shane Phillips recorded a couple of strong wins in their final matches to end the tour on a high.

Having narrowly lost their first game against Howick U19, the side took advantage of batsmen-friendly conditions to amass a commanding score in the return clash. Mapu Maoate led the way with a rapid-fire 50 opening the batting.

The much-improved bowling and fielding in the second innings saw the game to the final over before Cook Islands snared the last Howick wicket to win the hard-fought clash.

Cook Islands ended their tour with a do-or-die match against the Mangere Pukapuka side.

“Both teams had plenty of friendly banter the week leading into this game,” said Phillips.

Strong bowling and fielding from the national side restricted the Mangere batsmen to 151-8 after 20 overs.

Maoate and Billy William ensured the Cook Islands got off to a solid start in the second innings, and with the help of other batsmen the side managed to achieve the target and win the match by five wickets.

“Coaches were very impressed with the way the boys conducted themselves on tour and developed their game,” Phillips said.

“In most of the games, the side played against much more experienced teams. All the players had some great moments to remember from their time in this tour.”

Phillips thanked the businesses and individuals who supported the team during the tour.

“Cook Islands Cricket would like to thank and acknowledge those who made this trip possible and supported us.

“They include Cook Islands Tourism, Air Rarotonga, ANZ New Zealand, Kaipaki Cricket Club, Northern Districts Cricket, Freedom2play, Takapuna Cricket, Howick Cricket, Eden Roskill, Pukapuka Hostel, and the Auckland-based Cook Islands Community. And finally a big thank you to Tekowhai Ohia for her care and support.”