Cook Islands cricket players enjoy their breakfast in Vanuatu ahead of their opening match this afternoon. Picture: RAHUL PATIL/22090714
Cook Islands cricket side is all set to face Samoa in its opening East Asia Pacific Sub-Regional Qualifying Tournament match this afternoon in Vanuatu.
Ma’ara Ave-skippered side will battle Samoa in the crucial match that will get
underway at 4.30pm (Cook Islands time).
team arrived in Port Villa earlier this week after spending few days in
Auckland where they trained with the New Zealand-based players and played three
warm up matches against Tamaki Makaurau Tane which is an Auckland Maori Men’s
Ave said the players have settled in well and were looking forward to their
Rarotonga boys will be more in their element (as the conditions in Vanuatu is)
bit close to home but for some of the boys based in NZ, it will be bit
different but we got to acclimatise quickly,” said Ave.
of the team is based in Cook Islands and half in New Zealand so it’s been good
to get everyone together (last week) and get couple of good games against Auckland
Maori team and then some good days of training. I think the team is coming
who plays in Plunket Shield – NZ’s domestic first-class cricket competition –
said: “It’s been an honour to be asked to captain the team. Just putting on the
Cook Islands colour is very special and I really look forward to getting
involved in this tournament in Vanuatu.”
Craig Murray-coached national side will take on Fiji and hosts Vanuatu in their
tournament in Vanuatu will be played in a round robin format where teams will
play each other twice.
don’t know too much about the opposition but we got a really good mix of young
and experienced players and some really good talent … we will take one game at
a time and I think we will end up pretty well if we do small things right,” Ave
team with the most points qualifies for the next step which is the regional
final. Papua New Guinea and Philippines have already secured their place in the
regional final. They will be joined by the winner of the tournament in Vanuatu
and the winner of another tournament to be played between Indonesia, South
Korea and hosts Japan in October 2022.
matches will be livestreamed on ICC.tv.
– Hori Miller, Benjamin George Vakatini, Davis Teinaki, Tomakanute Ritawa,
Tomasi Wellington Vanuarua, Gabe Steven Raymond, Mea Tangi Me Ma’ara Joshua
Ave, Cory Russell Dickson, Hayden Bob Dickson, Liam George Roderick Denny,
William Teariki-Apainga Kokaua, Thomas Tereapii Nikau Parima, Aue Metua Parima,
Danny Brent Simpson, Craig Murray – Team Coach, Rahul Patil – Team Manager.
Non-travelling reserves – Pare Rongokea, Christopher Mana, Pati Ataela.