The T20 Domestic Season starts tomorrow (September 16) with the Men’s opening match.
Cook Islands Cricket
Association (CICA)President Grant Walker said: “We enter this season on a
positive note with an early start. Last year due to the men’s tour we
started in Mid-October and it caused the season to run into 2023. We
wanted to correct by getting underway now to finish with our Grand Final on
December 16 if all goes to plan.”
He said the
competition will see nine Men’s teams competing - one more than 2022 with the
addition of a third Tupapa Cricket Club, that being a new youth team with
Davis Teinaki in charge.
He said that it is a
great initiative to get more youth into the game, as well as take advantage of
the return of Victoria Park to their Venues.
the Tupapa K-11 Orcas will defend their title against runners up Arorangi
Redbacks, with strengthened dual Nikao teams chasing them both.
Takuvaine looks to
return to earlier glories, and while the field needs refurbishment and is
unplayable, they will wage battle as the nomads of the competition.
Stalwarts Tupapa look to be king of their own village as well as their Island.
He said continual top
four Turangi and their neighbours Muri will be teams to watch, as Muri has
added the Fijian fireballer, Tomasi Vanuarua and Turangi has wrangled the 2022
Player of the final, Ben Vakatini, to their Oval.
On the women’s side,
seven teams currently strive to knock off the defending champions from
Muri. However, MCC look stronger than ever having had the core of their
team on the National squad. Captain Phillica Mauariki will lead her
Nukapure based squad after posting an impressive 36 runs off 35 balls against a
furious PNG side at the ICC EAP Qualifier in Vanuatu. Runners up
Arorangi’s Red Hot Babes will look to topple Muri with a hopeful second
straight grand final appearance. Tupapa and Takuvaine will be looking to
smash that dream, with the Nikao wolves looking to howl their way to the
He said the K-11
women have a challenge in matching the men’s glory, so will they be able to add
more hardware to the newcomer club’s trophy case?
“Lastly, Tupapa, the
old warriors of the competition will look to rebuild under General Nauma and
put themselves in contention. We are also holding out some hope an
8th team will be forming but confirmation is yet to come. If so, the
fixtures are ready to accommodate.”
He said they have
plans for another great family friendly Grand Final with food trucks,
entertainment and plan to stream it live, if possible.
And they have
taken some steps to improve the competition from both an umpiring and scoring
“CICA is asking
anyone interested in Umpiring and/or Scoring to contact us as we are offering
training, certification, and competitive per game rates for those who are
He said all
clubs are looking for new members and they are happy to help find you a club if
you are eager to learn, play, or just support Cricket in the Cook
Please note that CICA
is supporting those under age 18 and women players who wish to join a club for
the first time by offering to pay their clubs fees for the first year. So
please look up our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cicacookislandscricketand send
us an email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or IM or call on 682 54274 for
competition will begin the following Saturday on September 23.
Cook Islands Women’s cricket team have just returned from the Women’s ICC Tour with their first ever Twenty20 International (T20I) ranking at 58th ahead of both Fiji and the Philippines in the ICC East Asia Pacific Region.
Round 1 fixtures
starts at 3.30pm on September 16 (Saturday):