Saturday’s cricket ‘Sponsors Bash’ was a smashing hit!
The day’s event organised by Cook Islands Cricket to honour and thank their sponsors achieved its goal in sharing the excitement and fun of the ‘greatest game in the world’.
Sponsors teams from ANZ Bank, Edgewater Resort and Spa, The Computer Man, 88FM, Telecom Cook Islands, Avarua Bakery and Cook Islands News competed in the tournament at the well set up Raemaru Park grounds in Arorangi.
Big sixes, cheeky fours, daring dashes between wickets and outstanding diving catches were some of the highlights of the day.
The rowdy 88FM crew spun some tricks while the Computer Man proved to be more than just IT experts.
In fact these two teams matched each other on the pitch with their game ending in an 84-all tie calling for a ‘super over’ to decide the winner.
ANZ banked on two teams to get them through and Avarua Bakery got a rise out of their opponents with their mixed bag team.
Telecom Cook Islands didn’t need ring-ins as they competently smashed the ball all over the park while team Cook Islands News tried to make the headlines but faced some stiff competition and settled for having the most fun.
Hospitality specialists the Edgewater Resort and Spa were just too classy as they emerged the unbeaten winners at the end of the competition.
The stand out player of the team was their humble college student Teremoana Punua Matai Jnr who had everyone in awe with his display of great cricket.
Edgewater team captain Chris McGeown, who was also one of the team’s secret weapons, says that the team certainly didn’t enter the competition with any expectations.
“Getting through to the finals was a bonus and winning the competition was an extra bonus for the team.” “It was a great tournament to encourage team spirit.”
McGeown went on to congratulate Cook Islands Cricket for their pro-activeness in looking after their sponsors.
“The format was fantastic because it was a mixed competition that brought out a range of skills,” says McGeown.
“This is exactly what sponsors are looking for and Cook Islands Cricket’s passion for cricket was really fantastic.”
The crew from 88FM were thrilled to take out second place, although they would have preferred to win, while The Computer Man came third.
4th went to ANZ Bank, 5th to Avarua Bakery and Cook Islands News took out 6th place.
Telecom placed 7th and ANZ 2 came 8th.
The sponsors tournament was followed by an exhibition 20-twenty match between the Telecom High Performance squad at the general managers selection which was thoroughly enjoyed by die hard cricket fans that stayed on to watch the match and support the Arorangi Cricket Club bar.
Cook Islands Cricket now looks forward to the start of the Computer Man men’s cricket season starting this Saturday.