Cook Islands cricket men’s team in Auckland. SUPPLIED /24011107
The Cook Islands Cricket Association (CICA) has enjoyed a strong start to the year, with the men’s team securing an early victory against Auckland University Cricket Club (AUCC) in their trial matches in New Zealand.
The association is on a
historic New Zealand tour with both the men’s and women’s teams travelling and
training in Auckland.
The teams are also playing
some warm up matches in preparation for the Women’s Pacific Cup in
Auckland from January 15- 21 and the 2024 ICC World Cup Men’s qualifier in
Samoa later in the year.
The men’s team played two matches against the Auckland
University Cricket Club, winning the opener and going down in the second clash.
Cook Islands cricket team at the AUCC High Performance centre. SUPPLIED / 24011104 / 24011105
The first game saw the Cook
Islands triumph by five wickets. Auckland University
Cricket Club batted first and scored 113 for 7 and in reply, Cook Islands
managed 118 runs with loss of five
In the second match, Auckland
University Cricket Club batted first
and scored 177 for four. In reply, Cook Islands managed only 118 runs, losing
by 59 runs.
Despite losing the second
Islands Cricket Association president
Grant Walker emphasised the importance of gaining game experience for new
“We are still forming the team as this is a trial tour but we won our
first and lost the second. Results are secondary to our goal of getting game
action with some of the new players but it was good to see us take an early
win,” Walker said.
“It’s been an amazing tour for Cook Islands Cricket and it’s just
started! We’ve been given the use of the AUCC High Performance centre as well.”
Two more games are scheduled, with the men playing
another match at AUCC today (Thursday) and the women’s team having already
played their first game yesterday.
Both teams will play at
Kemeu Cricket Club tomorrow, and Walker will lead a group of over 60 players,
family, and staff to the Black Caps T20 against Pakistan on Friday night.
Cook Islands Cricket Club
has arranged 13 friendly matches (seven men’s/six women’s) against AUCC and
Kumeu Cricket Club. These matches will serve as crucial preparation for the men’s
team ahead of the 2024 ICC World Cup qualifier in Samoa later this year, while
also providing valuable warm-up matches for the women’s team leading into the
Pacific Cup later this month.
The women’s Pacific Cup kicks
off in Auckland from January 15-21, featuring five ICC East Asia Pacific (EAP)
nations: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu,
alongside a newly formed Aotearoa Māori Select team. Hosted by NZ Cricket, the
tournament will be broadcast live on NZTV and SKY Pacific.
While the T20 games against
the EAP nations hold ranking point significance, the Aotearoa Māori matches
will be considered friendly encounters, said Walker.